career advice

Competitive sports and science not so different after all

April 6, 2018
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The Winter Olympics are one of the most exciting athletic events—it’s a culmination of the world’s top athletes putting on…

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How to join the conversation

November 21, 2017
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Dear Labby, I am a second-year PhD student who joined a large lab full of confident and opinionated senior graduate…

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What’s next after a PhD?

October 10, 2017
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Dear Labby, I am about 18 months from filing my PhD thesis (finally) and I am considering my post-PhD options.…

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Great expectations

July 7, 2017
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Dear Labby, I have just joined a top research lab for my postdoc. I was very successful in graduate school,…

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Four guideposts for navigating difficult conversations with your PI

June 30, 2017
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No matter how well you get along with your mentor, there will likely come a time when you have to…

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How to tell your department chair you’re leaving

May 31, 2017
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Dear Labby, I was recently promoted to associate professor in an urban private medical school. After celebrating, I had to…

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The Collaborating Trailing Spouse

May 8, 2017
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Dear Labby, I am the “trailing” spouse. When it was time for my wife and me to get “real” jobs…

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Negotiating for the Long Term

March 29, 2017
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Dear Labby, I am in the admittedly enviable position of negotiating the terms of my first academic faculty position. My…

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Resiliency and the Impact of Self-Efficacy

March 29, 2017
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Caroline leads a research team in a multinational corporation that develops medical equipment. She holds a PhD in biomedical engineering…

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The Postdoc Lab Search: Becoming a Little Fish in a Big Pond

March 10, 2017
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I grew up in New England about an hour outside of Boston. But an aversion to cold dreary winters and…

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