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July 26, 2002

Writing a Research Plan

Writing an effective research plan is tricky—and important.

January 09, 2004

NIH's Roadmap to the Future

"Although the specific goals of the Roadmap themes are numerous, taken together they can be seen as an ambitious, desperately needed attempt to renew the commitment of NIH to the support for young investigators."

August 01, 2005

Success Factors for Postdocs: Ensuring a Fruitful Fellowship

October 05, 2007

Making Mentoring Mandatory

"If, in the course of the day, faculty spend some time talking about their career and careers in general, it wouldn’t be something they would have to keep a note of in a logbook and say, ‘Oh, this isn’t research-related.’ ”--Joseph Ellis

January 27, 2012

Your Voice: Your Passport to Authority

A more relaxed, decisive, and authoritative voice can be a definite asset in a scientific career.

May 25, 2012

Content Collection: Lab Management

New group leaders need to learn how to manage people, projects, finances, and more.

November 07, 2003

Knowledge Transfer: A Year of New Skills

"It was time for me to go and find new challenges and learn new techniques before I became part of the old furniture of the department."

March 08, 2002

Shooting for the Moon

"I figure if I can't choose the types of projects and research I want to tackle now, I never will be able to."

November 07, 2002

The Greatest Adventure of Your Life!

If you were to catch a glimpse of my desk now, you would surely recognise the German influence on me: Everything is perfectly ordered.

February 01, 2002

Federal Science Policy and the Postdoc: What Do Postdocs Want?

Reform efforts will have to be collaborative. While the postdocs themselves must play a role, the major responsibility for change lies with those who have the most power." --
COSEPUP report (2000)

August 06, 2004

Doing the Numbers

The Rand report concludes that, although adequate data and accurate assessments of labor market conditions are important for many different parties, early career and prospective scientists are especially vulnerable.

December 24, 2004

A Maple Leaf on Mars: Interview with Canada's Mars Exploration Lead

"There are tremendous opportunities in Canada right now for young scientists and engineers, but the number could be higher with increased funding." - Alain Berinstain, Director of Planetary Exploration and Space Astronomy, Canadian Space Agency

May 07, 1999

Some Real-World Observations on Industrial Postdocs

May 06, 2005

Three Reports Tackle the Postdoc Mess

The glue holding together the two parts of the increasingly creaky system—and the rationale for thousands of men and women with a decade or more of university study to accept salaries that according to the Sigma Xi data average $38,000 ($7000 less than the average earnings of a similarly aged college graduate)—is the widespread but usually futile hope of becoming an independent university researcher.

December 09, 2005

Independence for Young German Scientists

The Emmy Noether Programme is generous and prestigious, and very likely boosts the short-to-medium-term career perspectives of its awardees, although by just how much remains to be determined.

September 24, 1999

Getting Your Postdoc Grant--It Takes More Than Just Writing!

November 23, 2001

Astrobiology: The Sky's No Limit

"I'm fortunate in that the leading researchers in my field are with the institute, so not only do I get to know them, but they get to know me. That can only be beneficial when I seek future employment."

August 15, 2003

Postdocs, Post 9/11 (Part 2)

"Is the university structured to ensure that the postdoctoral experience includes training and assistance in making a transition into the next position? Or is the postdoc, instead, merely a convenience for the investigator, a place on which we focus too little pedagogical attention?"