Mapping career patterns in research: A sequence analysis of career histories of ERC applicants

Claartje J. Vinkenburg, Sara Connolly, Stefan Fuchs, Channah Herschberg, Brigitte Schels

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Despite the need to map research careers, the empirical evidence on career patterns of researchers is limited. We also do not know whether career patterns of researchers can be considered conventional in terms of steady progress or international mobility, nor do we know if career patterns differ between men and women in research as is commonly assumed. We use sequence analysis to identify career patterns of researchers across positions and institutions, based on full career histories of applicants to the European Research Council frontier research grant schemes. We distinguish five career patterns for early and established men and women researchers. With multinomial logit analyses, we estimate the relative likelihood of researchers with certain characteristics in each pattern. We find grantees among all patterns, and limited evidence of gender differences. Our findings on career patterns in research inform further studies and policy making on career development, research funding, and gender equality.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0236252
JournalPLoS One
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2020

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