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Cast a Wider Net

A blogger says that in order to remain competitive, 'you have to mold yourself to how the funding winds blow.'

The Chronicle of Higher Education collates the American Association of University Professors' salary data.

Wise Words

A blogger recaps Elizabeth Blackburn's advice for graduate students and postdocs at AACR.

Weighing the Options

A blogger is torn between her desire to become a professor and her need for personal fulfillment beyond the bench.

One blogger offers tips for answering common faculty search questions.

A Blank Canvas

Bloggers discuss the ins and outs of setting up a brand new wet lab.

Why Not?

So you didn't get the job you interviewed for. One blogger provides tips to tactfully find out why.

Like any other research setting, doing science in a small lab has its ups and downs.

A research-development professional describes his new role in science.

A piece at The Scientist gives tips for planning a family leave.

A researcher chronicles how young scientists' career views change over time.

Darwin's theory of evolution applies to research labs, says one blogger.

Apples and Oranges

One blogger says that most academics not like the business executives often imitate.

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.


In Nature this week: genomic analysis of 200 bird species, and more.

The Australian High Court rules that isolated genetic material cannot be patented.

The startup incubator Y Combinator is launching a nonprofit research lab.

In Genome Research this week: vervet genome, tandem repeats affect gene expression in great apes, and more.