Career Blog

In a satire, study section members provide tips for those "looking for the fast path to grant rejection."

Researchers report that women with MDs and PhDs who take time off to raise their children earn less than their male colleagues.

A new 'online matchmaking service' aims to link researchers with collaborators overseas.

One blogger says scientists ought to travel less next year by attending meetings online.

A blogger suggests career options that are probably not suited for PhD scientists.

A blogger shares tips on how to craft compelling letters of recommendation.

One blogger says she had no idea that those who work in science policy are essentially translators of science.

US institutions awarded 1.6 percent more research doctorates in 2009 than in 2008, due in large part to an increase in the number of female science and engineering recipients.

A blogger lists requests a new PI should make when negotiating a start-up package.

Whether submitting or reviewing grants, bloggers suggest tips to make the process go smoothly.

A new Harvard report identifies 32 institutions that pre-tenure faculty have rated highly in terms of job satisfaction.

Who Would've Thought?

There is a "'LinkedIn for scientists' we should all be using," one blogger says. "It's called LinkedIn."

In an interview, a prominent female technologist says she doesn't "believe in the concept of a 'work/life balance,'" as it implies competition between the two spheres.

A blogger breaks down ways in which faculty position applicants can stand apart from the crowd.

One blogger considers how the size of a lab group can affect each individual's professional development.

A blogger contemplates how she might attract prime PhD candidates to join her lab.

One blogger describes ways in which lab managers can enhance employee productivity and job satisfaction by "breaking through barriers to change" at the bench.

Whatever the reason, choosing to leave a postdoc position early is "never an easy decision" says one blogger, who borrows from personal experience to lend her advice.

Researchers are launching an online resource in an effort to keep female PhD candidates in the STEM fields.

Life science careers panelists emphasized the importance of writing — and encouraged blogging — at a recent workshop, one blogger says.

One blogger says that it may be advantageous for young investigators to include their unfunded grant scores in job applications.

Nature outlines the top cities for science research according to journal, publication, and citation metrics.

A Slate reporter discusses why women found more biotech firms than companies in other high-tech fields.

One blogger says that reviewers should aim to provide thorough, constructive reviews and treat applicants how they'd like to be treated themselves.

Breaking Down Biases

One investigator aims to diminish the effects of implicit, unintentional biases against women, minorities, and people with disabilities in faculty hiring decisions with a video game.


In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.