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October 05, 2012

A Career for Two, With Empathy

A husband-and-wife team studies the brain areas that allow us to feel what others feel.

October 12, 2012

Consulting Agreements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A leading attorney and a serial entrepreneur explain how to avoid potholes when reviewing consulting agreements with biomedical companies.

October 12, 2012

Perspective: Embrace Flexible Work Arrangements

To achieve gender equality in science, shift men’s perceptions of what is professionally acceptable.

October 19, 2012

No Starry-Eyed Astronomer

This year, astronomer Jane Luu won two of the top prizes in astronomy. So why is she working as an engineer?

October 19, 2012

Resume Wisdom

To go beyond "good enough," think hard about the needs of the hiring manager and the position.

October 26, 2012

A Cure for Listlessness

Our columnist lists the top N of everything in science careers, where N=fun.

October 26, 2012

Life at the Bottleneck

A social scientist discusses how career pressures affect how postdocs work and relate in the lab.

October 26, 2012

Teaching Postdocs to Be Professors

An NIH program readies teaching-focused postdocs—especially minorities—for lab-and-classroom jobs.

November 02, 2012

A Modest Workforce Proposal

Forgoing alarmist pronouncements, a National Academies committee makes sensible suggestions about how to address the workforce needs of the Department of Defense.

November 02, 2012

Ethics Across Borders

Cultural differences in approaches to ethical issues create challenges for scientists working internationally.

November 02, 2012


It may sound obvious, but when choosing a career path you need to think hard about what you like to do—and what you don't.

November 09, 2012

European Regional Focus: On the Horizon

Across Europe, policy makers and research institutions are finding ways to boost science in an uncertain economy. By Chris Tachibana

November 09, 2012

Alternative Research Metrics

Researchers are seeking faster, better ways to measure research output and impact.

November 09, 2012

Content Collection: Talking to the Public

The benefits of public engagement justify the effort required to develop the necessary skills.

November 16, 2012

Tooling Up: Questions to Set Your Sails By (Part 1)

Answering these six questions can help you choose your career path without having to make major course corrections.

November 16, 2012

Careers in Biomaterials Science—an Overview

Scientists with an ability to work across fields can find exciting opportunities in biomaterials.

November 16, 2012

Materials Researchers Find Opportunity in Biomedicine

As biomedical applications emerge, materials scientists find new research opportunities but less funding.

November 23, 2012

Does Scientific Research Need a Purpose?

Not all research is easily justified—but what do you do when you can't even justify it to yourself?

November 23, 2012

Successful Careers: A Matter of Confidence

Identifying and addressing self-confidence issues can help early-career scientists make swifter progress.

November 30, 2012

Time Off for Dad

Paternity leave helps fathers and mothers advance their careers; too bad it's not more common.