A career in science requires luck


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.


1. Be civil. 2. Be logical or fair. 3. Do not bore me.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s