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04 April 2010


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Apparently Japanese academia have similar problems: only the (senior) professor have independence, and younger researchers must spend their most creative period with very little ability to pursue independent research. There must be a balance between respecting and emulating the older masters on one side, and allowing the visions and creativity of youth to develop on the other. Where the ideal balance falls is not known.

Nicola Wood

It is not much better in UK academia really. Funding is only available if you already have a full time position and there are very few of those in research - mostly it is senior researchers running big research projects.

I am very lucky to have an understanding professor (Chris Rust) who is happy to apply for funds for me then lets me largely do my own thing. This does however mean I run a portfolio of short-term / part-time / self employed contracts which can be rather unstable!

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