A friend of mine considers to join a PhD program in order to go to science. I think she has a very idealized view of science and the prospects there. (I personally am somebody who left science after 10y, without big damage to my life, career or psychological health). I don't want to convince this friend not to follow this path, but I like to give her a realistic list of major problematic points, psychological stress factors, negative outcomes.
I already gave her some first-hand accounts and these were similar to questions asked here very often. The problem is that I can not quantify the likeliness of the following:
- psychological problems during the PhD/Postdoc
- stress due to workload
- stress due to uncertainity
- bad supervision (supervisor incapable or unwilling or good supervision)
- continued unresolved conflicts in the lab
- bad leadership
- nepotism of group leaders towards friends/s.o. in the group (e.g. on publication)
- scientific misconduct (unintentional), e.g. bad data handling, p-value hacking etc.
- scientific misconduct (intentional), e.g. faking data, plagiarism
- sabotage of others experiments
- thesis stopped due to discontinued interest of supervisor
The point is: I don't want to hear horror stories (seen and heard enough of them, personally and here an stackexchange), but i like to have data (e.g. statistics, studies) which actually quantify the issues in a cpmprehensive way from the viewpoint of a new PhD student. Where can i find such data?