Career Blog

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.

Bloggers discuss whether trainees should take an interest in their mentors' careers.

When choosing where to submit manuscripts, one blogger says researchers should strive to strike a balance.

Bloggers say that a new PI's responsibilities can be more difficult than some might realize.

One blogger says interviewees must simply and clearly express enthusiasm for the faculty position they're up for.

One blogger says that postdoctoral training is just as valuable for industry-minded PhDs as it is for aspiring academicians.

Don't Go It Alone

A blogger says that budding academicians ought to "have a mentor before going on the [job] market."

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In Science this week: gene linked to expansion of the human neocortex, and more.

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences director says changes the agency made have allow it to boost success rates.

Ancient DNA indicates Stone Age, hunter-gather inhabitants of Britain imported wheat.

Joel Achenbach explores at National Geographic why people find science difficult to believe.