Only a third of PhDs work in higher education

Only a third of people who have earned doctoral degrees in Israel are employed by universities and colleges, according to a survey conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics for the National Council for Research and Development, writes Judy Siegel-Itzkovich for the Jerusalem Post.

This phenomenon encourages the brain drain and indicates failure to take advantage of the abilities of highly trained manpower. “Removing the existing blockages [in being hired by universities] can contribute a lot to strengthening R&D in industry and the country’s scientific and technological advancement,” said council Chair Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael.

Ben-Yisrael said that postdoctoral work in advanced institutions abroad is mandatory if one aims at an academic career in Israel. The fact that about half of women with doctorates were unable to do research abroad hinted at a deep problem that can prevent women from advancing in academia, he said.
Full report on the Jerusalem Post site