The Newton versus Einstein success profile
As academic recruiters, we have learned one important thing: working behavior is the strongest driver for success. We have compiled our accumulated data and have identified two interesting success profiles which we like to call the Newton versus Einstein.
We all know Isaac Newton for his famous story on how he discovered gravity by the apple falling from the tree, but few know that he was also infamous for burning his own lab. Newton was a true experimentalist. He liked tying out new things he had thought of and was continuously looking for a way to prove it right. In our model, this behavior is characterized: the pioneer towards analytic.
Albert Einstein is well known to us all and not only for his cheeky tong picture. He was a great mind who developed the theory of relativity and had great admiration for Newton. Einstein liked to philosophize about existing theories until he would find a new discovery. He would gather information and recombine them into new insight. This behavior is characterized: the analytic towards pioneer.
If we put it all into our current era of academic research; we actually came to an interesting conclusion. Newton and Einstein would have a very hard time to be equally successful nowadays. Especially Newton, with his high unpredictability for results does not fit in our research grant system.
“Has science lost its romance, or are we losing fundamental science?”
For now, we at Minds for Innovation have set out to study the current PhD population to obtain better understanding about required behavior attributes to be successful for current research projects. Also, risk attributes will be studied, providing ultimately data to speed up recruitment processes. If we can provide evidence for a set of general success traits (for every scientific branch) and some that are environment-specific, we can help universities, professors and young researchers perform the best possible research by making the best matches quickly.
If you are interested to know more about our work or want to collaborate in the study, you can contact us at any time.