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Editor's note: THESIS, the network of German Ph D students and postdocs, has just published what seems to be the most thorough survey of the situation of Ph D students in Germany.
Another 14% claimed to have undertaken a Ph D because they believed that no interesting jobs were available to them straight after an undergraduate degree.
Given the tight job market that has existed for the past few years, Mues was pleasantly surprised with this result.
"I wouldn't have predicted that a scientific interest scored so high, and that economic factors played [only] a minor role," he says.