Pressure to disclose confidential research findings

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Pressure to disclose confidential research findings

What is this about?

A final year PhD is invited for an interview for a position that seems too good to be true. At the interview it becomes clear the chair of the interview committee has a keen interest in the research findings of the PhD candidates research group, which are under patent, undisclosed and are currently being submitted for publication. After the interview the chair stresses his interest in the research findings and states he is looking for "team players, willing to share information with department colleagues".

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