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New Career Path Seen for Young Scientists

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Science  09 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5412, pp. 233-234
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5412.233a

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Having created 10,000 postdoctorate positions in the past 4 years to provide more opportunities for younger researchers, the Japanese government now faces the challenge of finding jobs for these scientists at a time when public payrolls are being reduced. The answer, according to a government advisory committee, is to loosen up the research tenure system, which traditionally bestows lifetime appointments, by offering fixed-term positions to both "superpostdocs" and more established researchers. In exchange for giving up job security, the researchers would receive greater freedom to explore their ideas.