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    January 12, 2007

    Opportunities: Insubordination

    The culmination of the Ph.D. is supposed to be the creation of an independent and self-sufficient scientist who can continue to contribute to the scientific enterprise.

    February 16, 2007

    Opportunities: A Day in the Life

    He knew his invention would not have the impact it could have unless he led its introduction into the commercial market.

    March 09, 2007

    Opportunities: Breadth Versus Depth

    Being the best in the world holds little meaning if it is with respect to an infinitesimal niche of science that only you inhabit.

    April 13, 2007

    Opportunities: A Day in the Life, Part 2

    It was like being a first-year graduate student and having long, one-on-one meetings with Harold Varmus, Francis Crick, and Craig Venter.

    May 11, 2007

    Opportunities: More School?

    A Ph.D. is great on fundamentals--it teaches you how to make something completely on your own--but it falls short on the practical stuff every entrepreneur has to master.

    June 08, 2007

    Opportunities: From PDF to IPO, One Scientist's Journey

    "Listen to everyone who has something to say, file the opinions, and make your own decisions anyway." --Avi Spier

    July 13, 2007

    Opportunities: The Accidental Consultant

    You don’t have to leave scientific training to have an enjoyable (and lucrative) side business as a technical consultant.

    August 10, 2007

    Opportunities: The Power of Poverty

    "I, like every other graduate student I knew, developed a sixth sense for knowing when the dean's office had leftover hors d'oeuvres after a reception."

    September 14, 2007

    Opportunities: The Most Important Venture Capitalist

    Government grants for technology-based businesses are very similar to those you might win in academia, but because they are given to small businesses, there is an added focus on technology commercialization.

    October 19, 2007

    Walking on the Dark Side

    If you have any interest in management consulting, investment banking, or quantitative finance, these information sessions may be a valuable window on the recruitment process.

    November 16, 2007

    Opportunities: The Golden Chapter

    Within about 4 months, J. received three offers for faculty positions.

    January 25, 2008

    Opportunities: The Curse of Brains

    Intellectually smart people sometimes analyze so much that they delay taking any action while creating for themselves a great deal of mental work and anxiety.

    February 22, 2008

    Opportunities: Master of Disaster

    Psychologists and career counselors have found that people's ability to cope with and adapt to setbacks when they occur is a major predictor of overall happiness and professional success.

    May 09, 2008

    Opportunities: Research Inc.

    A research scientist can differentiate a lab's approach not just by quality--which certainly is important--but also by the "flavor" of the work: the approach to problem-solving, the tools used, and intangibles such as originality and creativity.

    July 25, 2008

    E-Persona Non Grata: Strategizing Your Online Persona

    A well-constructed e-persona reflects a measure of thoughtfulness, professionalism, and competence.

    January 09, 2009

    Opportunities: Career Advantages of Collaboration

    These days, the scientific value of collaboration is widely acknowledged, but the career advantages are rarely mentioned.

    March 13, 2009

    Opportunities: Kauffman's Twelve

    A new fellowship program from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will prepare 12 life-scientist fellows each year to commercialize their research findings.

    May 21, 1999

    The Activated State: An Argument for Involved Scientists

    November 27, 1998

    A Postdoc Bill of Rights

    October 06, 2000

    Lucky Accidents, Chance Encounters, and the Prepared Job Seeker