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It is extremely difficult for a foreign scientist to obtain tenure-track positions. I know at least 50 so-called foreign scientists who have been in this country for more than 10 years and none of them have a tenure-track position. Many of them (including myself) has written grants independently but were required to put someone s name as a principal investigator in order to continue the employment. Almost all of these scientists have excellent track records. I have published several papers (

The Scientist Staff
Nov 27, 1988

It is extremely difficult for a foreign scientist to obtain tenure-track positions. I know at least 50 so-called foreign scientists who have been in this country for more than 10 years and none of them have a tenure-track position. Many of them (including myself) has written grants independently but were required to put someone s name as a principal investigator in order to continue the employment. Almost all of these scientists have excellent track records.

I have published several papers (including invited review articles) in top-quality journals and have obtained NIH grants (as a principal investigator) as well as a Research Career Development Award. I also have an excellent teaching record; each year, students rate me as one of the best teachers at one of the top-ranked universities in the U.S. Still I am unable to find a tenure-track position. Yet others with less than outstanding records get such positions....

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