I'm studying physics in the UK and I like the idea of a research/teaching career. However I'm very aware that these jobs tend to be underpaid, involve horrible hours and often offer very little to no security. I'm interested if people here know of countries or parts of the world where working as a scientist is a profession which isn't at the bottom of the pile in just about every respect (apart from getting to work in a field I love). I know full well that it's not just a case of finishing my PhD and then jetting off to country X/Y/Z where I'll work 3 days a week from home in my mansion. But I do want to be able to have some sort of basis for this to be an avenue that I can explore more for myself.