Would you say it works best for INTJs or is a different type more deserving of the title?
Ok. I guess I wasn't looking at the question as which type is the most scientist-like. If I was, I'd say INTJs.@brightflashes I'd guess INTJ for the first two, and maybe INFJ for the "soft" sciences although INTJ would work pretty well there too. INTJs are simply drawn most to academic disciplines which require a lot of analyzing. For things which are theory-based (N), and don't lead to work in extravert-friendly settings (I), it's hard to choose anything except INxJ. It's boring to say INxJ for everything but I think that's usually what you'd get. Maybe INxP for some really open-ended stuff but we're generally talking about academic disciplines here and for that there's hard statistics showing that INTJs are most successful in college, and most likely to be professors.