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Paving the way for a new generation of academic scientists

Posted by naturalproductman on February 23, 2015

I thought this was an interesting article from C&E News regarding faculty retiring. It has comments from Albert Padwa and Edwin Vedejs, some powerhouses in organic chemistry research.

I know it must be a bitter feeling to have to stop doing research for ~50 years of your life, but I do agree that the younger generation needs to be accommodated in terms of funding and research space, because if an academic stays in his lab space for so long preventing a new generation to enter the university, then wouldn’t there be a gap for the next generation of scientists? It used to be normal for PhD scientists to start their labs at age 27, but now it’s becoming more common for people to have 8 year postdocs even or doing multiple postdocs (I guess this is more for biology too) and they will start their academic position at mid to late 30s. I wonder how the universities hiring new “young” faculty feel about hiring someone so old?

C&E News article

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