posted at 19:50
Author: Jenni Ryall
Nobel-nominated scientist made redundant, now working for free
Although Australian scientist Dr San Thang has worked as a leading scientist for 30 years, and this year was a contender to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry, he has been made redundant by the national science agency. "In Australia, the doors opened and I still want to be part of CSIRO and elsewhere to make use of my knowledge, I want to inspire people," Thang, originally from Vietnam, told Fairfax. The Staff Association at CSIRO predict more than one-fifth of the workforce will be slashed by June next year following cuts in the Federal Budget. In a statement CSIRO Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski warned that the size and scale of the cuts were larger than expected. "The job losses are ten percent higher than forecast following the Federal Budget cuts and CSIRO's internal restructure. As the Government has slashed funding into CSIRO, it has at the same time damaged the confidence of industry to invest in CSIRO research," Mr Popovski said. The research predicted almost 900 jobs will be cut by the CSIRO in this financial year, which are on top of the 513 jobs lost last year. "The stark reality is that one in five CSIRO staff are set to lose their jobs over a two year period. It's the largest reduction in staffing in the organisation's history." a spokesperson for CSIRO told Mashable. 4 million over four years, Australians took to Twitter to thank CSIRO for the contributions it had made to society as they mourned the loss to science.

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