I mean, it sounds like the scientists become hobgoblins by entering into a Goblin Contract with the Muse, having no way to discharge the accumulated debt. So they'd be able to learn additional Goblin Contracts/Dread Powers, even if their understanding of these is probably scientized a la the Nul Mysteriis. They'd also have one hell of an element of surprise, being hobs with a well-established base of operations on Earth and access to ample mortal resources in addition to Contracts and whatever resources they bring back from the Hedge.

I kinda like the idea of some nebbishy geeks with powers they only half-understand chasing after Changelings in order to get their Hedge fix.