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October 16, 2009

Broader Career Choices on The Horizon?

Understanding the brain is considered one of the grand quests of science, partly due to the conviction that the brain holds the key to what makes us human.

October 23, 2009

Reaping the Benefits of a Government Job

Collectively, the US government is the largest single employer in America, filling approximately 1.6 million full-time, permanent positions; however, in reality, the US government consists of several hundred smaller employers, each of which has its own individual function and culture. As a result, the opportunities offered by government jobs are wide ranging, and the needs are diverse.

November 27, 2009

Finding Your Way Back: Re-Entering the Science Work Force

In the idealized career path, a scientist goes straight from earning an undergraduate degree to graduate school, and then on to a postdoc and eventual employment, without breaks between positions. For various reasons, however, not all scientists' career paths are nearly so linear.

January 15, 2010

Denmark: Making Global Connections

Denmark's Øresund bridge—connecting Copenhagen to southern Sweden—symbolizes the country's strengths in connecting basic and applied research, and academic and corporate interests.

February 12, 2010

Reaching Gender Equity in Science: The Importance of Role Models And Mentors

The number of women embarking on science careers has been increasing steadily during the past several decades. Although women scientists continue to be underrepresented at the faculty level, many women have established rewarding and successful careers in science—thanks in part to having had role models and mentors whose paths they could follow.

March 05, 2010

Careers Beyond the Bench

After completing their graduate studies, many scientists have moved away from the bench and found rewarding careers in areas from grant administration to venture capital. While still making use of the training and skills gained during graduate school, these "alternative" careers are a better match for many.

March 12, 2010

Lab Management: The Human Elements

You've reached a career milestone: managing your own lab. This recognition of your achievements attests to your hard work, attention to detail, commitment to a goal—and outstanding science. But be prepared. You're about to face challenges you may not have considered.

April 09, 2010

Systems Biology and Bioinformatics: Something for Everyone

Systems biology and bioinformatics want you. These highly collaborative fields are looking for biologists, engineers, chemists, mathematicians, and computer programmers.

April 23, 2010

Mythbusting for Academics: Considering a Job in Biotech/Pharma

Although academia and industry differ in many ways, the two environments are ultimately more similar than they are different.

May 14, 2010

Go With The Flow: A Wave of Water-Related Opportunities

Proliferating water problems are building a wave of opportunities for scientific expertise, knowledge, and innovative solution. Here's a look at the growing pool of diverse needs

June 11, 2010

Advancing Science in Spain: Not Simply a Quixotic Quest

The tapas of Barcelona, the Prado of Madrid, and the architecture of Sevilla are all international draws to the nation of Spain, but its scientific heritage has not always been so noteworthy.

June 18, 2010

Professional Science Master's Degrees

Now over a decade old, Professional Science Master's degrees are proving themselves to be a practical and valuable alternative to a Ph.D.

July 30, 2010

The World Is Your Lab on a Postdoc or Sabbatical Abroad

Scientists who have done a foreign postdoc or sabbatical say it's the experience of a lifetime, and are eager to offer encouragement and advice.

August 27, 2010

The Postdoc Experience: Taking A Long Term View

Faced with a shaky economy and an increasingly competitive job market, postdocs are being forced to take a long-term view of their positions.

September 10, 2010

Big Thinking At Small Universities

Numerous factors, large and small, come into play when one is deciding where to pursue a research career. Here, faculty members and deans size up their decision to work at a smaller institution and the issues that they face.

September 24, 2010

Focus on Germany

With the German Government now five years into a major program for investment in scientific research and innovation, we take a look at the new career opportunities that have opened up.

October 08, 2010

Fostering Respect And Innovation Communication Is Key

Every science-based company has a set of values or a mission statement. Many talk about respecting employees and valuing innovation—two key criteria in Science’s Top Employers Survey. But the top companies in Science’s survey ensure that these abstract principles are embodied in concrete ways.

October 01, 2010

Closeted Discoverers: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Scientists

Think “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” applies only to the military? This too happens in the sciences, at all levels, from academia and industry to professional societies.

December 03, 2010

It Pays To Plan: Why You Need A Career Map

The traditional path—graduate school to postdoc to academic tenure-track—is no longer a sure thing. How can you gain an edge in the increasingly competitive science profession? Start building your career plan.

January 21, 2011

Fix The System, Not The Women

Despite a wide range of initiatives to support women scientists in their careers, considerable barriers remain, as shown in a recent report by AAAS/L'Oréal. We examine what issues still need addressing in order to break down the remaining hurdles.

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