Career Blog

A technician and blogger doles out advice for fellow career lab managers.

A Raise in Name Only

The American Association of University Professors' 2009-10 Report on the Economic Status of the Profession reports a slight increase in overall faculty pay and a decrease in retirement contributions at some institutions.

A tenure track faculty member blogs about the time-sensitive intricacies of evaluating graduate student candidates.

The director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Intramural Training & Education fielded career development questions during a live chat session.

Monitoring Metrics

FemaleScienceProfessor asks "Do you know what your h-index is?"

A blogger contemplates interpreting a PI's choice of invite-only meeting companions as a potential reflection of a trainee's competence in the lab.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights a report authored by the Council of Graduate Schools that suggests how universities might better retain doctoral candidates.

A study in Academic Medicine reports that female life science faculty members work more hours, undertake a greater number of administrative and professional tasks, and, on average, earn thousands less annually than their male colleagues.

Bloggers discuss the merits of networking for career progression in the sciences.

Nature reports that the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral scholars is protesting a proposal in the 2010 Canadian budget that would tax their salaries.

A blogger makes suggestions for scientists who are in relationships with non-scientists.

Two US senators propose granting green cards to foreign students who receive their master's or doctoral degree in STEM disciplines here.

Richard Grant isn't trying to cure anything — he just wants to understand how things work.

Nature reports on the results of a poll of US faculty that states nearly one third of academics' salaries were cut in 2009-10.

A blogger asks "Should your first presentation be a poster?"

A blogger shares tips for resubmitting NSF proposals.

A new report suggests that Generation X faculty are more interested in fostering collaborations and establishing roots in their community and than their Baby Boomer predecessors.

Steven Wiley contemplates the benefits of renewing his annual memberships to scientific societies.

Writing in Nature, Peter Fiske suggests that too many young scientists maintain a passive approach in their writing, and consequently, their careers.

A blogger asks "Do scientists hate scientists who talk to the public?"

A grant reviewer blogs about what they call the "Reviewer Blues."

The Scientist has released the results of their annual “Best Places to Work: Postdocs” survey.

PhD Required?

A Nature editorial examines BGI’s practice of hiring staffers with no postgraduate training.

A postdoc blogs about how much time one should wait to hear back from coauthors before submitting a manuscript.

A new PI blogs about some ways in which the postdoc experience could be improved.


In PLOS this week: new gene linked to ocular coloboma, new statistical model for interrogating gene expression networks, and more.

With a new collection, PLOS highlights negative results it has published.

A pair of researchers examines political leanings and views on genomics, finding more of a role for optimism and pessimism in people's views.

The genome of the carnivorous bladderwort is smaller than many other plant genomes, but it still holds on to important genes.