The precarious working conditions of our scientists


  
Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
Scientific Director

27, April 2018

The Teaching in Chile program at Universidad Autónoma de Chile hires doctors at the University by a half-time lecturing contract. Hired doctors have all the academic benefits, including full contract, academic hierarchy and support to apply for extramural research funding. Undoubtedly this a good base for young researchers to insert back at University and start their careers.

The 2017 call looked for hiring 100 doctors, but 641 applied. I invite you to take a second and think about this number: 641 doctors looking for better working conditions, probably most of them are unemployed or working in places where they are over-qualified. I think this number is brutal, and tells about the precarious working conditions for scientists. According to the survey by ANIP, in 2017 the 12% of Chilean doctors were unemployed, which is almost the double of the national unemployment average.

If we want to become a developed country, we must not forget our valuable doctors and increase research funding as well as their insertion at government and private institutions.
Clearly, the design of public policies in order to reach a significant increment of our low number of doctors have not ended up in better numbers of doctors hired neither a better use of the highly specialized training that doctors posses and can use to contribute to the country in different knowledge fields. This has been fundamental piece during the developing of countries that are step forward from us. If we want to become a developed country, we must not forget our valuable doctors and increase research funding as well as their insertion back in research at government and private institutions.

Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades

Scientific Director



Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
Scientific Director

27, April 2018

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The 2017 call looked for to hiring 100 doctors but 641 applied. I invite you to take a second and think about this number: 641 doctors looking for better working conditions, probably most of them are unemployed or working in places where they are over-qualified.
The 2017 call looked for to hiring 100 doctors but 641 applied. I invite you to take a second and think about this number: 641 doctors looking for better working conditions, probably most of them are unemployed or working in places where they are over-qualified.
The 2017 call looked for to hiring 100 doctors but 641 applied. I invite you to take a second and think about this number: 641 doctors looking for better working conditions, probably most of them are unemployed or working in places where they are over-qualified.