At his blog, Freelancing Science, Pawel Szczêsny decides to elaborate on his job as a "freelance scientist," at least as it's playing out in his native Poland. While he's got an academic affiliation, the university doesn't pay him a salary; his income, he says, "comes from grants and subcontracting other people projects." As to his motivation to remain unaffiliated, he says, "I’m neither a genius nor a big shot but I have bunch of ideas I consider cool and which I’d like to get funded. It looks like for that I need to step out of academic money-flow system, and apply for funding to people who are less conservative and who can take a risk of supporting non-established ideas."
And It's Probably More Fun!
Apr 07, 2008