Career support for researchers: Understanding needs and developing a best practice approach
A new ACOLA report released on 15 January finds that Australian researchers like their work.
The report which is based on the findings from 1,203 participants who participated in an online survey, found that the best thing about a career in research is working on interesting and important issues, and working in a stimulating environment. However the survey also found the completion of a PhD is followed by a series of short term contracts and an intensely competitive employment environment.
The project was funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and aimed to identify the pressure points in the research career pathway and identify possible solutions.