Career Blog

Scope of the Field

Where do nonacademic STEM PhDs work?

The Other Path

A column at the Chronicle of Higher Education focuses on how to tell your advisor that you're not interested in staying in academia.

To get out of a career that feels stagnant, think about what you really want.

Mistakes Happen

Transparency and honesty are key traits for surviving a retraction, Nature Jobs writes.

All in the Rate

Sally Rockey talks success, award, and funding rates at her blog.

A Place to Explore

Nobel Prize-winner Sydney Brenner discusses the current scientific research environment, and says that there's little room for exploration any more.

All in a Big Name

A column in the Guardian calls for an end to academic hero-worshipping.

Survey indicates that researchers' journal article consumption is leveling off.

Early-career scientists may suffer if they chose not to pursue publications in big-name journals.

A study suggests that percentile rankings given to grants are not good predictors of impact.

Hazards to Avoid

Established genomics investigators offer tips for new researchers to keep their careers on track.

A study indicates that including women on organizing committees leads to more diverse speaker lineups.

Diverse Sciences

Bridge programs, like one program between Fisk University and Vanderbilt University, aim to diversify the sciences.

For researchers looking to leave academia, there isn't a defined path to follow.

Be Fair, Be Critical

Jennifer Raff at Violent Metaphors offers tips on peer reviewing manuscripts.

The president of Spelman College is lauded for her work to encourage STEM majors among her students.

Scientists create a group to help enhance their chattiness.

Find the Interesting

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, a 2009 Nobel laureate, advises young scientists to follow what fascinates them.

Lots of Competition

Jeremy Berg at Pittsburgh argues that research and the training of new researchers should be separated.

The Hot Fields

At Rock Talk, Sally Rockey examines what graduate students are studying.

Nice Work If…

CareerCast ranks 200 professions in the US.

A National Institute of General Medicine Sciences program director offers advice on identifying a study section for an application.

Michael Elves and Ian Gibson from the Newton's Apple Foundation write that scientists should become involved in policy-making.

Bitesize Bio's Troy Hibbard offers advice to researchers embarking on a scientific career.

Choose Well

Stanford University School of Medicine's Ben Barres writes that graduate students should look for both scientific and mentorship ability in their advisors.

Pages

The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

Researchers find a number of traits differ by sex and could affect mouse model studies, according to Reuters.

Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.