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Postdoc Practicalities

Blogger Barefoot Doctoral this week discusses searching for and applying to postdoc positions by addressing questions raised during a department panel discussion she recently attended. For example —though she notes it can be discipline-specific — in general, postdocs should apply to plenty of institutions, Barefoot Doctoral says. "I applied to 88," she adds. However, Barefoot says postdocs should "never apply to a job you wouldn't take. … However, if you would take a job, but only if conditions A, B, and C can be met by the university, apply. You can negotiate for those conditions at the time of hiring." Barefoot also says applicants should do some "soul-searching," to figure out their niche. "Do you love teaching, and want to work closely with undergrads? Are you primarily in the game for the research?" she asks. "Do you want to stay in a city for non-academic life reasons? Is it worth being hired by a lower-tier school to do so?"

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.