Recollections of 50 years of research in biophysics: a matter of hard work and luck
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This Letter is intended to complement an accompanying Letter by Amy Li who completed her PhD in my laboratory and then spent a several years doing cutting edge single-molecule research at the University of Vermont. Hers is a story of the challenges facing a young investigator in the early stages of building a research career in biophysics. She rightly voices concern over the limitation of opportunities compared to the ‘good old days’. Tenure-track positions have indeed largely vaporised. Research funding is increasingly competitive, even if early career candidates do get slightly favourable opportunities with Australia’s National Health & Medical Research funding.
My Letter speaks from the other end of a research career dating back to the 1960s when I began thinking about a research career. In those days, PhD Scholarships were few and were barely enough to live on. One needed to share accommodation with other students or have understanding parents who might tolerate supporting a son...
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Cris dos Remedios declares that he has no conflict of interest.
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the author.