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    August 31, 2007

    Training Postdocs: Communication is Key

    The most important factors for ensuring a successful postdoctoral experience are honest and open communication with mentors, according to postdoc supervisors who responded to a survey carried out for Science
    Careers. Here, they provide some strategies and tips for effective communication and for teaching graduates how to communicate better.

    September 14, 2007

    Make Way for the Next Generation: Junior Faculty Are Moving In

    Universities across the United States and Europe are increasingly reshaping recruitment policies in order to attract and retain more junior faculty. Replacing the old sink or swim attitude is a desire to provide a more supportive and nurturing environment. Driving the new trend are several factors, including a concern that many of today's senior faculty are approaching retirement age and will need to be replaced, and a desire to have faculty that more closely reflect the gender and ethnic diversity of the population they serve.

    September 21, 2007

    A Strategy for the Future

    As nations compete for scientific recognition, Germany is boosting its fight. Over the past few years, the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)—Germany's ministry of education and research—has upped the science budget and encouraged initiatives that require universities and scientists to be more innovative. The intention is to promote competition to improve the nation's science reputation.

    September 28, 2007

    Careers and Grad Programs for B.S. / M.S. Scientists: Testing The Waters

    In the same period of time it takes to earn a Ph.D., budding scientists can experiment with a wide variety of educational paths and career tracks—and discover what they really want to do.

    October 05, 2007

    Meaningful Mentoring—Native American and Latino Success Stories

    Early and sustained interventions which strongly feature mentoring are essential in helping Native American and Latino students navigate an unfamiliar academic system that is dominated by majority culture and practices. Throughout students’ educational progression and well into their initial strides upon donning the doctoral gown, they depend upon a clearly marked career map, research training opportunities, professional skills development, peer networks, and role models. These factors can mean the difference between successfully reaching their goals and taking missteps ending in an impassable career detour.

    October 26, 2007

    Careers in Neuroscience: From Protons to Poetry

    Neurological and psychiatric disorders affect a growing number of individuals—nearly one in five Americans in a given year and more than two billion people worldwide. Furthermore, the scope of neuroscience is vast—ranging from the most basic cellular-level research to translational medicine—and many unanswered questions remain. Interesting niche areas have emerged in neuroscience research such as neuroeconomics, neuromarketing, and neural networks. Together, these factors make neuroscience one of the more exciting and opportunity-laden fields in which to pursue a scientific career.

    November 16, 2007

    Focus on Careers: Diversity - Opening Doors for Scientists with Disabilities

    Several programs are aiming to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in science and technology careers by removing barriers and changing attitudes.

    October 12, 2007

    Top Employer Survey: The Innovation Imperative

    The 2007 version of Science
    ’s annual survey of Top Employers features a tight race for first place among three companies. It also reveals the key ingredient for all successful employers: a commitment to innovative thinking throughout the product pipeline, from the laboratory to the clinic or marketplace.

    January 25, 2008

    Faculty Positions: Seeking the Skills for a Successful Career in Academia

    To many on the outside, life as a tenured faculty member conjures up images of dreamy afternoons spent theorizing at one's desk, interspersed with occasional trips to the lab to hold up test tubes to the light. Of course, anyone who's been to grad school for more than a week knows there's more to scientific endeavor than that. In fact, a faculty member's requisite skill set is quite extensive.

    February 08, 2008

    Nurturing Women Scientists

    Nationwide and institution-sized surveys show a leaky pipeline partially patched, but the reservoir still far from full.

    February 22, 2008

    Scientist Lawyers: Test Tubes to Briefs

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    To be successful in this position the candidate must be a strong communicator and have an interest in intellectual property law. The candidate will participate in a patent law course and will be required to pass the United States Patent Agent Bar Exam within a predetermined amount of time.

    March 07, 2008

    Drug Discovery and Development: A Complex Team Sport

    Academic drug discovery is taking on a whole new character now, with technology and new partnerships between academia and industry and disease institutes and the government.

    March 21, 2008

    EXODUS TO ASIA: Research Opportunities Abound

    Asia is enjoying enormous investment in science and technology, and is proving a major attraction in the scientific jobs market.

    March 28, 2008

    A Boost for Vaccine Research

    Tremendous strides have been made in eradicating infectious disease scourges such as smallpox and polio that once killed and crippled millions; still, about 15 million deaths—or about one third of all deaths annually—result from infectious diseases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Of those, nearly half involve children under the age of 5 years, predominantly in poorer countries. The ongoing hefty death toll, the pharmaceutical industry’s increasing interest in the research and development of vaccines, and plentiful funding from multiple sources all combine to provide a range of opportunities for postdocs and graduate students in vaccine research. The field is high growth and, perhaps more important, the fruits of this work promise to have a real impact on the health of the world’s population.

    April 18, 2008

    Not-So-Lost in Translation

    With so many options, from setting up one’s own company to internships and additional degrees, graduate and postdoctoral students have the opportunity to customize their career path in translational research.

    May 09, 2008

    Affinity Groups for Diversity

    Student- and staff-led groups at universities and biotechnology companies are helping to support and promote diversity in these settings.

    May 23, 2008

    Packaging Yourself for Product Companies

    “There are not only opportunities for scientists in R&D and operations, but also in areas such as marketing, sales, and business development. We are always looking for talent in all these sectors, and we have openings and candidates for these positions all throughout the year.”

    June 13, 2008

    Industrial Postdocs: The Road Less Traveled

    Many scientists opt for a research career in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry, so why not kick-start the process by also doing a postdoc in industry? Industrial postdocs often provide higher salaries and greater access to resources than their academic counterparts. But how do you find out about available positions and whether they are a good fit for you? Will a position as a postdoctoral fellow provide you a foot in the door at a company? And what if you don't like it? Will an industrial postdoc cut you off from returning to academia?

    July 11, 2008

    Focus On Europe: Research by the Numbers?

    European research institutions seek to diversify funding sources as well as their work force.

    August 15, 2008

    Positions Available: No Ph.D. Required?

    Not sure a Ph.D. is the best route? Take heart: There are plenty of opportunities in science for those who have a B.S. or M.S. degree.

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