Here’s an interesting commentary about the steady evolution of university research groups into larger team-like structures and how this impacts scientific career paths. This is good reading for anybody considering a research degree and career.

We especially like the brief shout out in the piece to the concept that an important product of these research groups are, in fact, the knowledge producers. Too often, the impact our doctoral degree graduates will have in the broader economy gets overlooked while we worry about how many researchers can get squeezed into a factory, er, university, and in what roles.