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University Cash Crisis Blocks Career Paths

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Science  02 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5411, pp. 25-27
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5411.25a

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COPENHAGEN-- A bitter row has broken out at the University of Copenhagen, which has been forced to cut its scientific staff to close a yawning budget gap. The university science department--the country's largest--decided in January that, instead of assessing who were its least productive researchers and firing them, it would simply not fill any junior tenured positions that became vacant--in effect blocking the career path of young tenure-track researchers. As the consequences of that policy have begun to bite, aspiring young scientists say they now have little prospect of advancement and a whole generation of young researchers will either have to leave academic science or pursue a career abroad.