This year's survey of top employers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries has a familiar winner but plenty of shifting among other places in the top 20. The leading companies highlight a consistent theme: the importance of strong basic science as the platform on which to build reputations and commercial success.
Despite its small population and relative remoteness, Australia occupies a powerful position in global science in general and life science in particular. The ingredients of its success: a strong research infrastructure, solid governmental support, effective collaboration among academic, industrial, and governmental institutions, and an ambience that attracts scientists from around the world.
Ensuring a successful postdoctoral appointment and using the experience to launch a solid career require careful preparation. Scientists who responded to this year's postdoctoral survey, sponsored by Science Careers, outline strategies based on their personal histories.