Career Blog

In a recent Room for Debate discussion forum, the New York Times asks: "What if college tenure dies?"

A blogger opines the "good, the bad, and the ugly" ramifications of choosing a new assistant professor versus a seasoned full professor as an adviser.

Advice from Afar

The NIH Office of Science Education has launched a new e-mentoring program to connect students with professionals in various health science careers.

A blogger outlines "tips for a successful phone interview."

A blogger shares insights from crafting separate CVs for job applications in industry and academia.

A blogger offers tips for scientists faced with choosing a lab.

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."


In Science this week: swapping yeast genes with human orthologs to study conservation of function, and more.

Hong Kong is using DNA phenotyping to shame litterers.

A study appearing in Cell suggests some metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients could benefit from PARP inhibitor therapy.

NIH's Francis Collins writes that scientific advances are poised to help populations all over the world, but more scientists are needed to keep the momentum.