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Don't do this Tudor. It's a bad idea all round. Plus, your supervisors/head of department probably won't let you anyway, you've done the work for a PhD and they expect you to get one.
I also think your idea of academic freedom being lost after a PhD is wrong. If anything, you have more. You will get this academic freedom to an extend in a postdoc and if you get an academic job. Right now, I can choose to do what ever research I want to do (whether I could get funding for that is another matter...)
I think it depends on the discipline. In Biology, a RA position is just that. You wouldn't generally get on to a PhD from it. They are usually for people who have BScs but no intention to pursue research as a career. It's more of a technical route doing routine bench work.
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