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Directive Could Give Postdocs Permanency

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Science  25 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5594, pp. 724
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5594.724b

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- A new directive from the European Commission (EC) could lead to radical changes in how contract researchers, mainly postdocs, are employed. The EC's Directive on Fixed-Term Work mandates that E.U. nations "prevent the abuse of fixed-term contracts through their continuous use." Precisely how the rule is implemented is up to each country, however.