Out and back: How searching for a non-academic career led me to academia

In college, I joined the cross country team. I wanted to try something new and they needed bodies. To get my baseline mileage up, I ran a lot of out and backs – going from point A to point B and then tracing the path  … Read more

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Is an Academic Career Just a Dream?

Dear Labby, I am a fifth-year cell biology graduate student doing basic research at a major research university. I am ambitious, worked hard during my rotations, and was rewarded by being accepted into the best-known lab in our department. It has been a lot of  … Read more

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The stranger in the lab: Staff scientists—who they are, what they do and how they improve academia

When you think of lab personnel, you probably think of the PI, postdocs, graduate students and even some undergrads. However, there is often another person in the lab who plays an important role that isn’t always clearly understood: the staff scientist. The scientific workforce needs  … Read more

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Why PhDs should consider a career in academia

Doctoral and postdoctoral trainees these days may be steering away from what was once thought to be their most obvious career path–academia. That is the thesis of a Perspective column for the July 1, 2017 issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell written by two  … Read more

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