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When to Revamp Your Research Focus

Blogger Candid Engineer in Academia says the postdoctoral training period is the perfect time for PhDs to "reinvent" their research repertoires. It's "not that you can't reinvent yourself as a professor," she says, "but it appears to become significantly more challenging" as institutions and funding agencies are less likely to "take a chance" on faculty who wish to make significant changes to their line of work, especially those early in their careers. In a comment, however, Comrade PhysioProf contends that the opposite is actually the case: "Once you are a PI, if you can present good preliminary data in a new area, you have as good a chance of getting funding to pursue that area as anyone else," he says, adding that postdocs can often be limited in their research roles and scopes by the terms of their training grants. Blogger Dr. Becca weighs in, saying that "it can be done in either position, but you have to be smart about it." Postdocs shouldn't reinvent themselves "too much, because when it comes time for that job talk, you need a cohesive story about who you are, not a showcase of all the techniques you've collected," Becca says.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.