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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Finding a Faculty Job

Identify what features of your next job are most important to you Do you care most about location? Tenure-track? Time for research? School size? Keep this list of “most important things” in mind as you’re searching. Start the search EARLY for faculty positions The bulk  … Read more

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Individual Development Plans (IDPs) Are For Everyone

The Individualized Development Plan (or, IDP) has long been used outside of science to help professionals better understand what their professional goals are and what skills, knowledge, and experience they need to achieve those goals. It’s a very effective career planning tool. Over the past  … Read more

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A Continuous Cycle of Learning and Mentorship

As my friend Rachel recently put it, the prevailing attitude when it comes to mentorship in science is along the lines of “no one trained me, so my trainees can figure it out by themselves,” with the implication that otherwise they are “not good enough  … 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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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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The National Academies’ Research Associateship Programs

The National Academies’ Research Associateship Programs administer postdoctoral (within five years of the doctorate) and senior (normally five years or more beyond the doctorate) research awards sponsored by federal laboratories at over 100 locations in the U.S. and overseas. Quarterly application deadlines. http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/rap/

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Interested in an Industry Job? Internships during Your PhD Training Are Key

If you’re a graduate student who has been looking at job postings in industry, you’ve probably been surprised by many of the job descriptions. Most require 2-3 years of previous experience. How does a fresh PhD graduate, with no postdoctoral or previous industry experience, get  … Read more

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Buckle Your Seatbelt or Grab Your Parachute? Turbulent Times Make “Something Else” the New Majority Career Choice in Bioscience

It isn’t your imagination. The recent ups and downs in biomedical research funding have made for turbulent times in academic laboratories across the US. Jennifer Couzin-Frankel points out in her overview article to an imaginatively reported “News Focus” section last week in Science on the  … Read more

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To Be or Not To Be…A Postdoc

“What are you going to do when you’re finished?” “Have you started looking for postdocs?” “When you choose where to do a postdoc, you should consider…” “Where will you do your postdoc?”

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