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May 11, 2007

Focus on Diversity: INCUBATING INNOVATION - Diversity Efforts Rejuvenate the Life Science Work Force

"The more options and more information students have about career choices, the better career choices they will make,"

June 08, 2007

Focus On Careers: North Carolina - Opportunity and Community

"It’s an exciting and lucrative area of opportunity for Ph.D.-level scientists."

June 22, 2007

Europe's Wild West

The UK and Ireland are both reaching for the benefits of a knowledge economy. The UK leads Europe’s biotechnology scene, and Ireland’s rapid economic trajectory through the 1990s has radically altered the research landscape thanks to large injections of cash. International companies’ search for research talent has intensified. Many have set up operations in the UK and Ireland where they tap into expertise from world-class universities, as well as opening their arms to researchers moving on from the competitive academic sector.

August 10, 2007

Careers in Chemistry: Constantly Evolving Choices

Leaving the chemistry department behind doesn't have to mean leaving chemistry behind. Chemists have a broad, and broadening, range of career options to choose from, both in and out of the lab. The biggest challenge is looking beyond the more traditional roles, which represent only a fraction of the options available in this fast-growing field.

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.