Journal Article

Descending the career ladder

Elizabeth Griffin

in Astronomy & Geophysics

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 43, issue 6, pages 6.17-6.18
Published in print December 2002 | ISSN: 1366-8781
Published online December 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-4004 | DOI:
Descending the career ladder

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The policy of employing some but not all academic researchers through short-term contracts is highly divisive, in that it creates a two-tier system not only of opportunities and expectations but also of personal worth and value. Far more women than men are trapped in these career cul-de-sacs, and a seriously large fraction is unable to stay in research until retirement. It is the employment policy that is at fault, not the potential of the researchers or the quality of their research.

Journal Article.  2036 words. 

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics ; Geophysics

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