The Current Plight of the Research Scientist

I recently came across an article in the Washington Post discussing an all too familiar phenomenon of research scientists unable to find employment in neither academia or industry.  Currently, with unemployment hovering over 8%, jobs are scarce in a lot of sectors.  What makes it difficult for the research scientist to grasp is how can somebody have doctoral level training and not be desirable to potential employers?

The problem is two-fold.  First, academic funding has NOT increased to meet the demands of a growing research community.  Without federal grant funding, it is simply impossible to obtain a coveted tenure track position at a research institution.  A decade ago, those who chose to leave academia easily found work in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector.  That isn’t the case any longer.  More and more pharmaceutical companies are boarding up their research facilities in the United States and Europe and moving them into Asian markets for the benefits of cheaper labor and the ability to remarket their current prescription portfolio.

This current trend leaves many research scientist contemplating how to progress their careers. 

This is exactly why RateMyPI.com was founded — to give the research investigator better opportunities for success.  In this era of high unemployment and dwindling NIH funding, it’s more crucial than ever to make informed choices regarding your collaborators, employers, and employees.  These choices are often paramount to the success of your career.  Don’t become an unemployment statistic; let us help you achieve your career goals. 

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About Kevin Hascup

Kevin obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware in 2001.  He worked in Research & Development for Dade Behring, a clinical diagnostics company located in Newark, Delaware.  It was here that he acquired an interest in neurobiology and in the summer of 2003 he began the PhD program at the University of Kentucky.  In 2007, Kevin obtained his PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology and continued his thesis research  with two  separate postdoctoral research positions at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.  Kevin is currently Director of Product Development for an up-and-coming biotechnology located in Springfield, Illinois and is co-founder of RateMyPI.com. 
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