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August 01, 2008

Taken for Granted: The Fat Lady Sings

"The University of Connecticut postdoc union is obviously a model and an inspiration for us." --Matthew O'Connor

August 30, 2002

Thanks for the Great Postdoc Bargain

"Whatever else they may be, postdoctorates are one of the greatest bargains in the U.S. economy."

February 01, 2008

What's Ahead for Early-Career Scientists?

According to NSF statistics, doctoral scientists' median income rises with each year of experience until late middle age, peaking 25 to 29 years after the Ph.D. at just under $100,000.

April 13, 2007

Huddled Masses

“Reduced economic opportunities in some fields relative to others … may be an important factor driving native students to enter particular occupations and avoid others.” --George Borjas

October 01, 2013

A Graduate Course in Professional Development

A new short course at the University of Toronto aims to help graduate students gain the skills they need to excel in a wide range of careers.

October 04, 2013

Your Data, Warts and All

Early-career scientists need to balance career imperatives against the need for complete and transparent reporting.

Taken for Granted
October 02, 2013

Progress on Academic Lab Safety

The University of California system has taken a series of encouraging steps to make its labs safer.

March 29, 2013

Blurring the Lines Between Academic and Industrial Cancer Research

Career opportunities for scientists are evolving as cancer research becomes increasingly collaborative.

March 22, 2013

In the Global Competition for Smart Minds, Germany Grows Its Catch

With good long-term funding prospects and attractive salaries, Germany has become a major contender in the global competition among nations to draw in top talent.

March 08, 2013

Opportunity Knocks: But Which Door Should You Open?

Game-changing career opportunities for postdocs are everywhere. Hear advice from the experts about how to choose your direction.

February 01, 2013

Five Steps to a Successful Sabbatical

Reconfiguring a professional and personal life takes serious planning. Here are five pointers from professors with recent sabbatical experience.

October 08, 2013

Canada’s Postdocs Happy With Research, Dissatisfied With Pay and Status

A new survey and report shine light on the problems faced by Canada's postdocs.

October 07, 2013

The Risks and Rewards of Academia

High-achieving Ph.D.-holders base the decision whether to stay in academia on their perception of whether the rewards justify the challenges.

October 08, 2013

The Abraham Nemeth Equation

With brilliance, persistence, resourcefulness, and determination, Abraham Nemeth put math and science at the blind's fingertips.

October 09, 2013


An unorthodox teacher—of German literature—inspired François Mayer to pursue a career in science.

January 16, 2009

Tooling Up: The Job Seeker's Lexicon

Job seekers need to be able to interpret the jargon used in job ads and interviews.

May 14, 2004

Transcending the Transition From Academia to Industry

"Despite the growing number of job opportunities in the life sciences industry, it is increasingly difficult for undergraduate and graduate students to secure entry-level jobs at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies."

October 21, 2011

Tooling Up: Views on an Interview, Part 1

On interview day at ABC Technologies, Scott Jackson's experiences range from mundane to terrifying.

November 16, 2007

Hiring in a Dysfunctional Job Market

Some innovative ways to find hidden talent in an inefficient employment market.

April 02, 2010

Profiles in Technological Adaptation

With assists from technology -- sometimes high and sometimes low -- these scientists are overcoming obstacles and getting their work done.