One of the most threatening aspects of an academic career is insecurity. Many academics depend on short-term contracts. In Germany the lucky ones have a contract of two or three years, others have to re-sign a contract every half a year without any security that there will be a job the next time they apply. The current workload of young scientists and the expectations of leading university staff are not only a burden for many young colleagues working in the academic field, but also a real threat to academic research in its entity. Everyone knows about these problems, but only a few dare to speak openly about it, frightened to lose their job.
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