November 8, 2016 – London, United Kingdom Kolabtree, an on-demand platform that offers PhD-qualified experts for short-term projects, is fully equipped to support and execute projects demanding scientific and editorial expertise. With over 2000 PhD-qualified experts registered to date, Kolabtree boasts one of the largest and most varied talent pools in the world. Experts registered on Kolabtree are specialists in over 1800 subject areas including disciplines across the life sciences, applied sciences, chemistry, computer science, physics, mathematics, social sciences, and medicine. This breadth of talent supports various services in data science, experimental design, statistical analysis, literature review, editing, and writing. Currently, the online platform has helped clients from 22 countries, including small business owners, startups, authors, and researchers in need of interdisciplinary expertise.
The pool of over 2000 PhD-qualified experts at Kolabtree is growing rapidly and has already attracted projects worth over $200,000. Its recent success stories include a fact-checking project from a patented genomics platform that translates raw genetic data into actionable reports for heart disease patients and a literature search project about treating PTSD to support proposed legal changes in Texas. Ashmita Das, Co-Founder – Kolabtree, has a clear vision about the platform’s future. She asserted, “PhDs are problem-solvers who relish challenging projects. We have worked hard to create this diverse talent pool. We aim to democratize access to these highly talented experts for startups, small businesses, science-oriented organizations, and organizations with limited budgets.”
Many experts have expressed their appreciation for the nature of opportunities available to them. “As an Astrophysicist, I know I have a lot of data science skills that are sorely needed in industry and other fields of science but I have had very little opportunity to get involved in these kinds of projects. Kolabtree has made it seamless and easy to connect with people in different fields.” – Dr. Michelle Lochner, Postdoc at a university in London.
A recent New York Times article indicated an 83% increase in the number of PhDs since 1992. However, only half of them secure jobs in academia and merely a quarter land tenure-track positions. Although PhDs primarily seek employment in academia, the trend is not supported institutionally, even in research hubs like the US. Given this disparity caused by an acute dearth of job opportunities in academia and the steady in-flow of projects at Kolabtree, PhDs now have a new avenue to apply their trained expertise to freelance assignments.
About Kolabtree – Kolabtree is a unique platform providing on-demand access to scientists and PhD-qualified experts from well-reputed institutions. A marketplace model, where experts bid for projects, allows clients to choose an expert to work on a budget. Using the Kolabtree interface, clients can chat and exchange files with prospective freelancers in a secure and private environment; thereby helping them identify the best-suited freelancer. Payments are released to experts only after the client is completely satisfied with the final output.