Are you a toxic academic?

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Author : Todd Pihl

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In my last blog, I talked a little bit about the article in the December 2010 issue of The Economist and now I'd like to talk a little bit about one of the unpleasant ramifications of the problem that article highlighted.  The numbers are daunting in that between 2005 and 2009 there were 100,000 PhDs awarded but only 16,000 new professorships.  Considering that it is likely that this has been going on for much longer than this time period, it is easy to see how the competition for academic jobs has become so fierce and the number of people feeling stuck in postdocs has gotten so l