Permanent Jobs Elusive for Recent PhDs [Link]

by Jessica Lu on September 13, 2012

Jessica Kirkpatrick (UC Berkeley) has an interesting post on a recent study by the American Institute of Physics analyzing the types of employment obtained for new physics/astro PhDs:

Permanent Jobs Elusive for Recent PhDs - Women in Astronomy

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1 Unita Jorb September 19, 2012 at 3:12 am

Well, if astronomers are willing to extrapolate Gigayears worth of luminosity function from detection of a single photon, I am willing to extrapolate an uptick in permanent jobs based on the prior shape of that plot.

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2 Michael Richmond September 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm

As long as people with permanent jobs in academia produce more than, say, 2.5 Ph.D. students during their careers, this trend will continue. Malthus and all that.

Why are people continually surprised by this news?

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