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Good for tenured faculties and Physicians, but career growth of non tenured scientists depends on PI
Research Associate (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – January 16, 2018
University supports career growth of independent tenured faculties and physicians.Great place for those with independent labs to contribute to new discoveries and further advance to reach top positions.University provides good benefits and very supportive.
For non tenure PhD scientists, career progress depends 100% on their PI. If the PI is a mentor with leadership qualities, he would support the career growth of next generation of scientists by supporting innovative ideas, project development, publications, grants and help you to reach independence.
If the PI is just a boss, he would prefer to have workers who just execute the tasks dictated with no questions about the master plan. Ambitious individual wanting career progress would be politically suppressed from advancing further and contributing to discovery through creative ideas.
Unfortunately, unlike few highly ranked Universities at USC, there is no assessment of career growth for non tenure faculties in terms of project presentations, primary and senior author publications or grant submission. Extremely regretful that a great number of experienced researchers compromise creativity and scientific aspiration for the sake of job security. Along with lost opportunities, many discoveries are also lost.
Most Universities do not care for non tenure research faculties and have no assessment of PI's ability as a leader to help career growth of those working for them.This is the major problem to be addressed by the country to save new scientific discoveries.