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Nobel laureate Richard J. Roberts shares his thoughts on how to build a career in scientific research.
Issues and Perspectives
Life and Career
The physical and mental well-being of academic biomedical researchers should not be neglected.
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Postdocs in industry explore opportunities that aren’t available in academe.
U.K. scientists—especially postdocs—lack interdisciplinary, statistical, and computational skills that are needed within the U.K. biology and bioscience community, a report says.
Checking for gender discrimination in awarding grants … Scientific misconduct … Faking data … Journal editors “removed” … Crowdsourcing literature discovery ... Working Life
Our columnist lists and describes the most common roadblocks faced by those pursuing science careers.
Young scientists who wish to influence government policy must become familiar with where and how policy advice is given.
A conference sponsored by the University of Michigan attracts hundreds to discuss biomedical training reform.
Polar ice … European science advisory panel … Developing new antibiotics … NSF funding … Cuba reconnects … Working Life
Report of survey results highlights challenges to graduate student well-being
In spite of the pressure to succeed, young scientists must never lose sight of why they do science in the first place.
Life and Career
The Job Market
Scientists with a love of teaching can find satisfaction in academia without tenure.
Every day, professors receive e-mails from students seeking graduate positions in their labs. Most are badly written. Here’s how to write a good one.
A new study finds that adding H-1B workers affects wages negatively, profits positively, and patents not at all.
A widely reported study says women are preferred in faculty hiring—but it doesn’t say bias isn’t a problem at other key career points.
NIH and one of its institutes are seeking feedback on issues that encompass the future and sustainability of the biomedical research workforce.
Entrepreneur sues former adviser for publishing paper without his name
For the benefit of all of you applying to science graduate programs, our columnist confesses his mistakes in the hopes that you can avoid following in his footsteps.
Women more likely to be hired than men … a Republican science proposal … Withholding clinical trial results is unethical, says WHO … A new Arctic research vessel … Working Life