The harsh world of the postdoc. Image Image courtesy of Duncan Hall https://secure.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/3986237289/
Editor’s Note: This post is by Phil Jones, Head of Publisher Outreach for Digital Science. Phill has spent much of his career working on projects that use technology to accelerate scientific discovery.
Earlier this year, I remember sitting in a conference hall, listening to a presentation on discoverability of scholarly content. As I sat there, I noticed the speaker repeatedly referred to ‘students and faculty’. The phrase leapt out at me not because of who the speaker was referring to, but who they left out. I started listening for, and kept hearing, the same turn of phrase in other presentations and at other conferences. When we talk about academics, we talk about students and we talk about faculty, but at almost all institutions, there is a group that sits in between these two, the long-suffering journeymen…
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