A career in science requires luck

http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2014_12_23/caredit.a1400321

As the number of entrants increases and the number of prizes doesn’t, the process becomes less deterministic—less merit-based—and more stochastic. Smaller and smaller percentages of applicants get tenure-track positions, get funded, get published—or get Turbo to join their labs. A system set up to be a meritocracy is starting to seem—to be—more of a gamble, and that can’t be good for science.

 

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