Don’t want to be a Principal Investigator?

Did the predictor of your chances to become a Principal Investigator from the previous post bum you out?

Or maybe you love research, but don’t want to do it?

Turns out there are lots of options out there for you.


Article here.

“… we were lucky enough to organise one of the workshops with a rather provocative title, “I love science, but I don’t want to be a researcher.” The focus of the session was to present interesting examples of alternative careers available to scientists outside of the lab.

Want to be a Principal Investigator?

Now you can predict the chances of whether you can be or not! predictor here. This report is not surprising and definitely follows the reports that academia is truly biasing science by focusing heavily on the number of high profile publications. Sad that gender played a role, but again, not anything surprising.

This is based on a recent publication (Publication metrics and success on the academic job market) that analyzed what it takes to become a Principal Investigator. Report here.


“We show that success in academia is predictable. It depends on the number of publications, the impact factor (IF) of the journals in which those papers are published, and the number of papers that receive more citations than average for the journal in which they were published (citations/IF). However, both the scientist’s gender and the rank of their university are also of importance, suggesting that non-publication features play a statistically significant role in the academic hiring process.”