Poster Advice, Timeless and Otherwise

With the annual meeting fast approaching, it’s time once again to start putting together your poster. There are innumerable websites offering advice on poster design (my favorite being Dr. Zen’s“Better Posters”), but most essentials are covered in Steve Block’s 1996 classic “ Do’s and Don’ts  … 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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Are Unpaid Postdocs the Next Trend in Biomedical Research?

San Diego radio station KPBS reported last year that a local lab was looking for a PhD to work for free. The “Unpaid Volunteer in a Basic Science Research Laboratory” ad (chemjobber) on Craigslist requested a PhD and 2-3 years of postdoc experience to work on  … Read more

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Learning the Biotech Ropes—ASCB-KGI Short Course Wraps Up

The 40 came from all over North America, Europe, and Africa, 24 grad students and 16 postdocs, chosen from the 532 applications the ASCB received from members for a special 12-day “short” course on “Managing Science in the Biotech Industry” at the Keck Graduate Institute  … Read more

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Learning the Biotech Ropes—ASCB-KGI Short Course Wraps Up

The 40 came from all over North America, Europe, and Africa, 24 grad students and 16 postdocs, chosen from the 532 applications the ASCB received from members for a special 12-day “short” course on “Managing Science in the Biotech Industry” at the Keck Graduate Institute  … Read more

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Can Unions Provide Sustainable Solutions to Postdoc Concerns?

When discussing the concerns of the modern biomedical workforce, the growing dissatisfaction of postdocs is invariably one of the first topics to come to mind. Many postdocs feel undervalued by the biological science community. I commonly hear postdocs lament that they are being taken for  … Read more

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Do you have a sponsor?

As I sat in the middle of the room during another career advancement seminar for graduate students, the speaker posed a question that led me to believe that this seminar was going to be different.

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Imagine this: The lights are dimmed, your first slide is up on the screen behind you, and you’ve just stood up to speak at your lab meeting, at a department seminar, or at a conference full of the leaders in your field. Can you give  … Read more

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What to Do When You Lose Interest in Your Project

It’s a sad but inevitable truth: enthusiasm ebbs and flows, never consistent or unwavering. This holds true for many things in life, but to scientists this is most pertinent to our enthusiasm toward our projects. Whether you’re a grad student or postdoc (and maybe even  … Read more

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Succeeding as a “Failed” Scientist

Are you a postdoc looking for an alternative career? Have you considered tenure-track academic research? This may sound funny on its face but the hard reality is nearly all science postdocs will go on to non-tenured positions, making academic research the real alternative career choice.  … Read more

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