Most scientists dream as children to change the world to a better place with their research, but when they start their career, they quickly realize their hopes and dreams are unfavourably manipulated by recent science culture. It is a big loss for the society as a whole when aspiring scientists are not able to conduct their research but forced to comply with the demands of other forces in science.
In order to conduct their studies and perform data processing, many tenured scientists and research laboratories today rely on a small group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. In many researches, these graduate students and postdocs are also the primary authors. A postdoctoral position is a requirement in a variety of disciplines, such as biomedical sciences, for a researcher to get a faculty-level position at a university. This is the reality of contemporary science world and is dependent on this whole framework.
Yet these low-level positions in science can be a nightmare: full of stress. Postdocs usually work long hours and are comparatively paid low given their degree of education. Salaries are also related to stipends set by grants from the NIH National Research Service Award (e.g. USA but prevails in many parts of the world), beginning at $43,692 and rising to $47,268 in year three. Postdocs tend to be employed for one to three years at a time, and they are called contractors in many organizations, restricting their job security. Because of the long hours spent on their work they fail to spend time on their private life such as family and hobby.
The research that young scientists conduct may also be negatively impacted by this pressure. Contracts are so short-term that researchers usually have hard time settling. This discourages rigorous research since it is impossible for a paper to achieve adequate findings and therefore progress in the space of two to three years. Constant stress pushes talented and knowledgeable researchers out of science causing huge loss for the science world.
A research undertaken by the University of California Berkeley in 2015 showed that 47 percent of surveyed PhD students could be diagnosed as depressed. The causes are complicated and cannot be fixed immediately. It is already a daunting and intensive job to conduct academic research which likely takes a toll on mental health, but current scientific culture adds unnecessary pressure and stress.
Even if you pass this extremely tedious stage as a young researcher, many university posts are occupied so it is hard to get a place even if you gain the experience. There are more people who are seeking work than people that are retiring in most scientific fields. Therefore, they become a researcher for a corporate and have stress of reluctantly pursuing research that are forced upon them. Even vacancy in corporates are limited therefore they might end up working in completely different field.
Currently, science has an invisible barrier towards people who are not in academia. Therefore, science world is invested purely based on the views of government and corporate. At most times, common citizen cannot be part of discussion on which research should be invested. With Onikle anyone can discuss resulting bigger traction and interest therefore aspiring researchers do not have to seek the traditional path. Onikle believes that the current culture should change for betterment of science and the world. Onikle will actively support researchers so they do not have to feel unnecessary stress and pressure.
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