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This is blowing up my facebook feed, so I thought I'd add it to the mix over here. Post-docs as an abused labor force isn't so new, but the article has some interesting examples.

I just wanted to add that this is why I am still waiting for a job- knowing that once I get one, everyone will think I "left science." If an "alternate career" means I might have one before the age of 40, I am ok with it.
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I know that this story says nothing new, but it has some priceless quotes. Like 'There was more to life than studying oyster-hosted bacteria; as she put it, “Since I was planning to die sometime in the next 50 years, I thought I’d vary things a bit.'
 
Or Sally the sad post-docs rather pathetic description: "With wan skin and greasy hair, she looks like a drowned mouse in bed-rumpled clothing. Sally repeatedly scratches her left underarm." Yeesh. Thanks, brother.
 
I think this was the final push I needed to decide I don't want a career in science.
 
?! Are you serious Abby? I thought you were just starting a post-doc right now? Have you decided what you'll do instead? I hope it is something where you have time for personal hygiene.
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