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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.

December 08, 2006

Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Part 2

Find that agreement your employer made you sign, and read it very carefully.

November 12, 2004

Academic Spinoff: SunPower

Solar power may have fallen quickly out of public view, but Richard Swanson remained intrigued by the challenge.

November 10, 2006

Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Part 1

If you remain in science, it is almost certain that at some point in your career you will invent something--or be working on a team that invents something--that has potential commercial value.

October 22, 1999

Bias: Identifying, Understanding and Mitigating Negative Biases in your Job Search

Nowhere are biases more prominently displayed than in the job search.

October 13, 2006

Opportunities: Stealing Time

Can you imagine what it would be like if painters, playwrights, and composers had to produce their product in 5- to 10-minute bites between committee meetings and proposal reviews?

September 08, 2006

Opportunities

The missing element, very likely, is a habit of mind: the constant, vigilant search for opportunities to make a difference.

November 13, 2009

A Scientist Finds a Niche

Dean Pearson overcame a slow and difficult start to make a difference observing ecological communities.

October 07, 2005

What a Difference 10 Years Makes

Some of the most important lessons only happen when scientists take their newly honed skills out into the job market.

July 19, 2013

Unprecedented Uncertainty for Young Spanish Scientists

The difficult financial situation at the largest research institution in Spain is bringing more delays and uncertainty to early-career scientists.

The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling
July 22, 2013

Not Going Abroad and Not Coming Home

China and Japan face contrasting challenges when it comes to managing young scientists' experiences overseas.

January 01, 2010

Coming to America: Doing a Postdoc in the U.S.

The logistics can be intimidating, but there are rewards in going to the United States for a postdoc.

November 21, 2003

The Perfect Postdoc: A Primer

If it's time to start looking for a postdoc, it's also time to take a good, hard look at your prospects and long-term plans.

November 26, 2004

Postdoc Fellowships in Government

"While this may not necessarily be the way to get a government job," says Candace Robinson, team leader for the physical, earth sciences, and ecology NSERC fellowship programs, "it is a good way to get experience in government and see if it's something that you like."

September 02, 2011

A Father-and-Son Journey Into Synthetic Biology

Justin Siegel rationally engineered unnatural enzymes partly thanks to technology his dad helped develop.

September 10, 2010

Testing Mother Earth's Resilience

Growing up in the Kruger National Park in South Africa allowed Reinette Biggs to shape her research career in unusual ways.

November 27, 2009

Careers in Climate Change Research: Feature Index

Opportunities are expanding for natural and social scientists willing to tackle climate change.

September 24, 2010

Making Each Other More Human

The 50-year partnership of Donald and Ada Olins is based on good communication and a shared passion for chromatin structure.

May 14, 2010

Taken for Granted: Intimate Collaborators

Scientists' strong propensity to pair up romantically, research shows, can either help or hurt their careers.

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