Does justice exist in hiring for faculty positions in biology?
Alex Sobko, PhD
January 3, 2020
Academic system is built in a way that is intrinsically wrong and unjust — if you don’t get tenure-track faculty position immediately after being postdoc and maybe later, instructor — it would be a time to change occupation. Each faculty position has dozens and even hundreds of candidates applying for it. Here in Israel, there is “glass ceiling” you can not pass through it. They don’t take regular candidates from outside world. System does not accept outsiders. After all the effort for PhD and postdoc, often abroad, accompanied by enormous investments in literal sense and in tertms of logistics of organizing family life in foreign countries for years of postdoc, applying and winning fellowship grants etc., the whole biology business is just stupid waste of time that does not pay off. I would not recommend my kids career in biology with all my passion for science and research work. These guys, PIs think only about themselves, as mentors they are complete failure. Just in case, someone would ask my opinion on biology business…