I have just read the second opinion piece by Alberts, Kirschner, Tilghman, Varmus in PNAS: Addressing systemic problems in the biomedical research enterprise.
They (again) describe a huge demographic shift in the US biomedical sciences due to the current hyper-competitive environment (too many people chasing too little money).
This has led to a longer and longer path to independence. Young scientists in the US are no longer young when they start their independent careers.
The potential consequences of this huge demographic shift on the productivity and preeminence of American science were judged to be serious.
[T]he United States has traditionally been viewed as the land of opportunity for young scientists, offering the most talented of them the chance to test their own ideas, raise radically new questions, and forge original paths to the answers.
Land of opportunity? No longer so, it seems.
I know why I went back to Europe.
Speaking of opportunities
At my institute in Cambridge (UK, not MA!) we are still hiring group leaders at all levels. From the famous and senior to the newly graduated.
For example, we just hired Greg Hannon from CSHL and Martin Miller from MSKCC. We also maintain a fellows program for rising stars fresh out of their PhDs or first postdocs.
What you will get is
- Secure core funding. (No soft money bullshit!)
- A research environment like no other on this planet!
- Complete independence!
What are you waiting for?
Come to Europe, the land of opportunity for young scientists, offering the most talented of them the chance to test their own ideas, raise radically new questions, and forge original paths to the answers.
We have ten positions to fill and the job search has been going on for a while. That’s why you might not be able to find the original job ad, which was very general (“Everbody apply!”). But specialized adverts (eg for clinical group leaders) are coming out.
If you are from a computational background and looking for a job, send me an email with your CV and we will discuss your options.