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U.S. faculty job market tanks

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Science  16 Oct 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6514, pp. 272-273
DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6514.272

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The scarcity of academic jobs is a perennial problem for U.S. science trainees. But this year, faculty job openings at U.S. institutions are down 70% compared with last year, according to an analysis of job advertisements on the Science Careers job board. Only 173 U.S.-based jobs were posted between July and September this year, compared with 571 during the same period last year. The dismal numbers reflect anxiety about university finances amid the pandemic—and are leaving postdocs and soon-to-be-Ph.D. graduates worried about their future. "We really need to think about how to provide some kind of lifeline … and not lose a group of people that we put a lot of resources into training," one professor told Science.

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