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Timing, serendipity, and networking. This was how Jakob Johan Demant — Head of Studies at the Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen — landed his permanent position in research. You need to know when to apply for jobs outside your network, he says. As you will not be rewarded for loyalty.
The Carlsberg Foundation will no longer dispense funding to new PhDs who want to stay in Denmark. This makes it more difficult to pursue your own ideas as a postdoc in Denmark. It will affect young researchers with families, critics say.
Chairman of the association for temporarily-hired researchers at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is delighted with the fact that the Research Policy Council is to focus on PhDs’ difficult career paths. The next step could be a study whether the working conditions for younger researchers forces them to work for free and to show servility to permanent staff.