Career Blog

The Scientist examines ways in which PIs can help their trainees become researchers they "would want to collaborate with."

One blogger says that scientists who choose to pursue careers outside of academia "are not exceptions, but the rule."

Party On, Postdocs

Various institutions have planned events in honor of "National Postdoc Appreciation Week."

Three PIs share their thoughts on "what makes a great graduate student."

Several biotech and pharmaceutical firms were named among the top 100 family-friendly companies by Working Mother magazine.

According to new data, women obtained more doctoral degrees than men in 2008-09.

A blogger provides advice for new and aspiring postdocs.

One blogger says she's tired of vague discussions of "alternative" science careers.

A blogger proposes the "top 10 reasons students fail out of PhD school."

A new academic PI shares satirical "tips on how not to get a postdoc in academia."

Bloggers discuss time considerations when writing grants.

'We (Meaning I)'

In a satire, one author says "we (meaning I) present observations on the scientific publishing process."

One blogger says that "starting immediately in the lab of the thesis advisor" is a bad idea for PhD candidates.

A new report examines international and domestic graduate admissions in the US.

One professor describes her 'two-body problem' that resulted in the "tenure-track equivalent of the 'Romeo and Juliet' ending," and a career change for her spouse.

A blogger discusses the implications of a PI asking a trainee to write their own recommendation letters.

Make Way

In a recent Room for Debate discussion, the New York Times examines tenure and its lack of retirement restrictions.

Slate Tackles Tenure

A recent Slate editorial makes a "case for getting rid of tenure."


A blogger shares tips for transferring grant funding when changing institutions.

One blogger suggests four questions aspiring scientist-entrepreneurs should ask themselves before attempting to begin a biotech business.

An R&D director suggests ways in which biotech job candidates can best prepare themselves for careers in industry.

A blogger offers "advice for young aspiring scientists" and emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary skills.

On the Up

Faculty searches set to re-start at three University of California campuses.

The Scientist examines how researchers can "take on administrative roles while still running a successful and productive lab."

In an opinion article in the magazine, an editor calls the practice "an idea whose time has gone."


In PNAS this week: co-evolutionary signatures of insect hosts and bacterial symbionts, distinct transcript isoforms of high-grade ovarian cancer, and more.

Adam Rutherford discusses genetic genealogy at the Guardian.

Portions of the US 21st Century Cures Act are raising some safety concerns.

David Dobbs writes at Buzzfeed that genomics has delivered little on its promises.