Cathelijn Waaijer is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. Besides her research work, she has been involved in PhD representation at Leiden University as the 2012 External Affairs board member of the Leiden PhD Association. As such, she has analyzed the results of a survey among Leiden PhD candidates and published a report on these findings.
She has also published on science policy in general by analyzing the content of 'Nature' and 'Science' editorials using bibliometric mapping methods.
Her research focus concerns academic career systems. In particular, she is interested how they originated, how they are changing and what their effects are on the way science is conducted. Specific projects include the quantitative historical study of the German, American and Dutch academic career systems and a survey among recent PhD graduates on their perception of career perspectives in various sectors and the extent to which these perspectives have influenced their job choice.
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