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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Science graduates 'should move abroad': UK

Science graduates should look for work abroad because funding cuts mean finding work in Britain is too hard, two of the country’s leading scientists have claimed.

Prof Keith Campbell, a member of the team which produced Dolly the cloned sheep in 1996, said Britain’s dire economic situation made getting postdoctoral jobs and research funding “very difficult.”

Speaking at an Edinburgh International Book Festival debate on the future of science last Sunday, Prof Campbell said opportunities for young scientists in Britain are too limited.

He said: “With funding at the moment, getting a job in biological sciences is very difficult … At the moment I think the research opportunities are in other places because of the basic economics of this country.

“Research is not cheap. In Singapore not only can you do the research but you get paid a salary too. Being able to eat is quite useful.”

His comments were echoed by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, whose discovery of the first pulsar – a spinning star composed of neutrons – ranks as one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the last century. more