Career Blog

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.

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.


The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Kite Pharmaceuticals' CAR T-cell therapy for large B-cell lymphomas, the New York Times reports.

Kaiser Health News reports that gene therapies could cost more than a million dollars.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers have received a grant to combine biology and computer science for high school students.

In Nature this week: variants associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, review of key CRISPR enzymes, and more.