Job fair aims to help emigrant scientists come home

The attendees registered so far are currently living in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Switzerland and Sweden.

December 17, 2014 23:08
scientists, physicians and engineers

Prof. Ruth Arnon with would-be returnees from the Israel Academy of Sciences's 2013 employment fair and conference for scientists, physicians and engineers. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The Israel Academy of Sciences and the Arts has registered 2,821 emigrant scientists and researchers living abroad, mostly in the US, who are seriously interested in returning home and finding suitable work here.

About 500 have already come back and are looking for suitable jobs in universities. The figures are the highest ever in the history of the academy’s efforts to bring the academics home.

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The academy’s Contact Center in Jerusalem will on Sunday, December 28, hold an all-day employment fair and conference for scientists, physicians and engineers who have recently returned and are looking for jobs and for those who are visiting over the endof- year vacation.

The event – held annually for several years – will be hosted by academy president and Weizmann Institute of Science researcher Prof. Ruth Arnon.

About a third of those registered specialize in the natural sciences and medicine, a third in the exact scientists and engineering and the rest in social sciences and the humanities.

They include 2,032 who have PhDs or are studying for doctoral degrees and the rest have master’s degrees or are studying for them.

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