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Fixed contracts force young researchers to delay family plans

Scathing report shows how career uncertainty drives German post-docs out of academia

The high rate of fixed-term contracts among early career scientists is the main reason for young academics to change careers or postpone family planning, a study has found.

The latest Federal Report on Young Scientists, an analysis undertaken during each government term, finds that the number of mid-level staff at German universities is rising, as is the number of fixed-term contracts. However, these conditions are unattractive to many younger scientists, the report warns, and is one of the main reasons for them to leave academia.

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