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Knocking on Academia's Doors: An Inquiry into the Early Careers of Doctors in Life Sciences

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  • S. Robin


    (IRES (Institute for Social Economic Research), UCL (Catholic University of Louvain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • E. Cahuzac


    (INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research), ESR (Rural Economics and Sociology), Toulouse, France)

The early careers of French doctors in life sciences are characterized by the importance of temporary jobs. While most young Ph.D. researchers wish to obtain a job in the French academic sector (which grants them, among other things, lifetime employment), few of them manage to achieve this objective immediately after completing their Ph.D. A majority of young doctors have to wait for a period of time before they find stable employment in the academic sector. In the meantime, they usually find temporary research jobs. Two main types of short-term jobs can be distinguished: fixed-term research contracts (in most cases in a French public laboratory) and post-doctoral positions (temporary research jobs in a foreign country). The aim of this paper is to determine whether these different types of temporary jobs have different consequences on the careers of Ph.D. researchers. Copyright Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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Article provided by CEIS in its journal LABOUR.

Volume (Year): 17 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 1-23

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Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:17:y:2003:i:1:p:1-23
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