Career Blog

Give and Take

A blogger shares tips for prospective and new-hire assistant professors who are negotiating their salaries, benefits, and start-up packages.

A graduate student seeks opinions as to what makes PhD candidate researchers "great."

Whether building a case for first-time funding or tenure, investigators are often evaluated on when and where they publish.

Professors' Pay

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources' salary survey data tallies faculty pay by discipline.

Biotech employees are happier with their jobs than those in any other sector, according to a careers community Web site survey.

One researcher says that institutions ought to "professionalize the postdoc role and turn it into a career rather than a scientific stepping stone."

The Scientist has rounded up the top-ranked institutions for postdocs for the 2011 edition of its annual survey.

A 'Sinking Ship'?

A graduate student seeks a bloggers advice as to whether she should "master out" of her PhD program to look for a job.

One blogger is strategically choosing where to submit manuscripts in order to bolster her case for tenure.

Perfect Your Pitch

You have 30 seconds to describe your research in sufficient detail: ready, set, go!

Out of Academia

One blogger chronicles his decision to leave academia.

If It Ain't Broke ...

The Washington Post proposes 'eight ways to get higher education into shape' and bloggers react.

Show Some Love

One blogger says researchers ought to support their support staff.

NIH Took Note

NIH announced a modification to its biosketch format that allows investigators to list any potential disruptions to their research programs.

NIH's Office of Extramural Research clarifies the relationship among percentiles, paylines, and success rates.

Is it best to "reinvent" your research plan as a postdoc or a PI?

A blogger defends three-year, full-time PhD programs.

One blogger says that PhDs in search of alternative careers ought not to see themselves as "letting go" of academia.

Go Out and Get It

An ACS blogger says that employers seek candidates who have gone out of their way to fill any gaps in their career training.

Roots or Wings?

Can a PhD bank on productivity by staying in their grad lab, or should they move elsewhere for a postdoc?

A blogger asks her peers whether they'd consider hiring half-time postdocs.

Help Them Help You

A blogger shares tips to lighten the editing load for those who have volunteered to review your manuscript.

On the Up

SimplyHired.com tallies its 2010 job postings and finds an increase in those for scientists and lab techs, among other positions.

Are great grant writers born or made?

A blogger provides tips for applicants to tidy up their CVs so as to appeal to the search committee's interests.

Pages

In Science this week: factors influencing retrotransposon integration sites, and more.

A bioethicist argues for the responsible use of germline gene editing.

Some breweries are using DNA-based testing to determine whether unwanted bacteria are affecting their beers, The Verge reports.

Standardized N-of-1 trials will be needed to test out personalized medicines, writes Nicholas Schork from the J. Craig Venter Institute at Nature.