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Not So Many Job Openings

Faculty job openings in the US are significantly down this year, Science Careers reports

Its estimates find that science, technology, engineering, and medicine job openings are down by 70 percent. For instance, it notes that 173 advertisements for US-based jobs were posted to the Science Careers job board between July and September of 2020, as compared to 571 ads last year. The University of Pennsylvania's Robert Zemsky tells Science Careers that the lack of job opportunities largely reflects ongoing concerns on the part of universities, particularly public universities, regarding the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. He adds that universities are grappling with reduced enrollment and revenue, leading to hiring freezes.

This lack of job opportunities may then lead postdocs to try to remain in their positions, as Georgia State University's Paula Stephan tells Science Careers, noting that that may then affect newly minted PhDs looking for such postdoc positions. Or, University of Massachusetts Medical School's Cynthia Fuhrmann, adds that the lack of academic jobs may push scientists onto other, non-academic career paths.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more