(2) Who is a Researcher?

Researchers are: “Professionals engaged in the conception or creation of new knowledge, products, processes, methods and systems, and in the management of the projects concerned.” (European Commission’s definition).

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If you are doing this kind of work and not sure if qualify as a researcher or how advanced you are as a researcher, this might help:

  • You are an “Early-Stage Researcher”in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of your research activity, including the period of research training.
  • You are an “Experienced Researcher” if you have accumulated at least four years of research experience (full-time equivalent) since gaining a university diploma that gives access to doctoral studies, in the country in which the degree/diploma was obtained or ifthe doctoral degree has already been obtained, regardless of the time taken to acquire it.

A remark: if we talk about academic research (the focus of this blog), clearly a freshly graduated PhD (an “Experienced Researcher”) can not be equal in experience and publications to a “More Experienced” Researcher, such as a Professor. The picture below shows an approximate difference between these two types of both Experienced Researchers, so maybe we need one more definition to make a fully-fledged distinction 🙂 How much experience does an Experienced Researcher need to become “more experienced” if both a PhD and a Professor are Experienced Researchers?

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