Career Blog

On the Up 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."

Come Together

One blogger dishes her top five reasons to collaborate in research.

One blogger says that female scientists who take time away from the lab to raise children are doing themselves, and the scientific community, a favor.

To get ahead in academia, computational biologists must "educate the committee members ... on what they should find important" in the field, says one researcher.

In a private firm's careers rankings, eight of the top 10 jobs involve science — though some science careers don't fare so well on the list.

NIH Take Note

One blogger discusses why women leave science; another praises CIHR's for acknowledging research "interruptions and delays."

Should scientists be expected to expand their skill sets to include illustration?

One blogger pit student evaluation of instruction data up against h-indices in an effort to determine the relationship between teaching and research.

Double Duty

A blogger discusses whether it's best to join two labs jointly or form a collaboration between them in the case of an overlapping project.

While some say that pursuing a PhD is foolhardy, others say that passion motivates researchers more than employment prospects.

A blogger discusses how employers value "a blend of skills, attributes, qualities, knowledge, and experience."

A blogger breaks graduate program application questions down to what the department really wants to know.

Bloggers suggest that job-seekers ought to ramp up their search through the end of December.

Bloggers argue for and against obtaining a master's degree before — or in place of — a doctorate.

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.


A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.