How To Get A Research Job in Academia and Industry

This handbook was originally written and copyrighted by Dr. Susan Goldhor in 1976, incorporating materials from the Women in Cell Biology Newsletter and from discussions at a series of workshops on the academic job market held at Yale University in 1974 and 1976. Drs. Mary  … Read more

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Behind Every Successful Career is a Mentor

A mentor, an experienced and trusted advisor, is critical to creating a successful career, and most influential people will claim to have had the support of at least one mentor. However, as Hashem points out in a recent COMPASS post, mentorship, even for an academic  … Read more

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Behind Every Successful Career is a Mentor

A mentor, an experienced and trusted advisor, is critical to creating a successful career, and most influential people will claim to have had the support of at least one mentor. However, as Hashem points out in a recent COMPASS post, mentorship, even for an academic  … Read more

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Utilizing the NatureJobs Career Expo to Explore Career Options

On March 20, 2015, the 2nd NatureJobs Career Expo in Boston brought together a series of career-oriented workshops and exhibitors representing various potential employers for early career researchers to meet and discuss their next steps. The Expo aims to raise career awareness by providing talks,  … Read more

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Exploring “Alternative” Careers: Are universities doing enough to help?

“Alternative” careers. When did that become a phrase indicating a lack of commitment to a research career? If you want to pursue a non-academic career, why is it an “alternative” career? It’s a phrase commonly used by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at universities across  … Read more

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Career Options for Biomedical Scientists—A Book Review

As I wrap up my fifth year in graduate school, the topic of my “future plans” has begun to rear its ugly head with friends and family. Although I’ve wanted to go into science communication since I started my PhD, the need to start thinking  … Read more

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DIY career guidance: Tips and tricks on organizing a career seminar series

During your graduate education, you acquired many intangible skills, such as grant writing, scientific presentation, critical thinking, and experimental troubleshooting. Armed with all these skills and with a brand-new PhD in your pocket, you excitedly start a postdoc, an elusive training position in which you  … Read more

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Just The Facts Please: Scientists’ Role in Policy

“Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration on a wide range of issues, including improvement of public health, protection of the environment, increased efficiency in the use of energy and other resources, mitigation of the threat of climate change,  … Read more

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Shape Your Career Plans at the ASCB Annual Meeting

Not sure if academia is for you? Wondering what other options are out there? Uncertain about which nonacademic career would be the right fit? In addition to all the awesome science talks lined up at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting, ASCB’s COMPASS (Committee for Postdocs and  … Read more

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For NIH Postdoctoral Fellows, Choosing a Career is All in the Details

As a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH, in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), I have been strongly encouraged from the outset of my five-year appointment to start making serious decisions about my career path. Although I have always loved basic research and  … Read more

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