Career Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education speaks with a tenured academic — a "scholar of work-life issues" — who's leaving his position for love.

A blogger stresses the importance of developing — and maintaining — a diverse set of mentoring relationships.

A blogger offers advice to a second-year graduate student who's not sure what to do with her degree.

Miller-McCune magazine outlines issues pertaining to the 'pyramid paradigm' in the American scientific labor market.

Bloggers discuss the unique challenges associated with being a single academic.

A blogger lists ways in which blogging can be beneficial for grad students, and assures readers that "the faculty in your department will not think less of you," for doing it.

Superior Supervisors?

The Scientist asks: "Are women better PIs?"

A blogger says that in some research collaborations, "like in a friendship or romance, one day you can just realize you are just going through the motions."

A university newsletter offers tips for graduate students on how to get "the most out of a research conference" before, during, and afterwards.

The US Department of Labor expects a 72 percent growth in biomedical engineering jobs through 2018.

A blogger contemplates the underlying implications of conference attire.

Cold Spring Harbor Press presents the second edition of a handbook for new principal investigators, which provides advice for setting up a successful lab.

A blogger details scenarios in which an academic researchers' success is directly related to their political prowess.

A tenure-track faculty member and blogger asks "Is professional commenting worth the risk?"

The New York Times presents "a toolkit for women seeking a raise."

Nature examines how the changing landscape of genome sequencing is affecting the roles of technicians and bioinformaticians.

A graduate career consultant and blogger shares advice for PhD candidates who wish to become more "entrepreneurial."

Inside Higher Ed reports some of the changes the National Research Council will likely make to its doctoral program ranking methodology.

Bloggers contemplate the merits of evaluating a researcher's propensity to change geographic locations as an indication of their "commitment to science."

Conference Déjà Vu

FemaleScienceProfessor contemplates the etiquette behind giving the same, or similar, talks at conferences.

Mary Ann Mason at Science Progress expresses her support for the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act as it could help universities add family-friendly benefits, and therefore retain female tenure-track scientists.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that more and more academic hiring committees are using videoconferencing services to interview job candidates.

YIPs at the DoD

A blogger discusses some advantages — and disadvantages — of applying for Department of Defense Young Investigator Program funding.

A biochemistry postdoc and blogger ponders whether the use of PowerPoint is as problematic for science as it has been for the military.

A blogger hypothesizes what academia would be like "if assistant professors were drafted the same way as players in the NFL."


In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.