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"Whatever they are," wrote economist Richard Freeman 12 years ago, "postdocs are one of the greatest bargains in the U.S. economy."
The Psychology of Interviews, Part 3
In deciding about clothing, piercings, and so on, job-seekers must balance the desire to fit in with the need to seem and feel authentic.
Former integrity head speaks … earthquake prosecution chills scientific speech … North Carolina NOAA lab may close … an apology and defiance.
An infographic displays common career paths for biology Ph.D.-holders.
Four prominent scientist-administrators call on policymakers to reform a system that discourages "even the most outstanding prospective students from entering our profession."
Now that you have a career plan, it's time to execute.
Elite scientists are gaining fame and fortune, writes Christopher Shea in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "[a]gainst the backdrop of a rampant reliance on adjuncts."
Employee benefits are essential to your future prosperity, but not all of them are negotiable.
After meeting President Barack Obama, the winners of America's most prestigious early-career award offer advice to other early-career scientists.
Between 2008 and 2010, as the economy worsened, the Ph.D.-holding STEM workforce grew by nearly 6% while unemployment rose by 41%.
No more "two strikes" at NIH … Feng Zhang wins the Waterman Award … science, advocacy, influence, and attention.
The Job Market
A small but growing number of scientists are training others in the hard and soft skills of managing a laboratory.
To get the data you need from scientists who won't share, use persuasion—and ratchet up the pressure.
Frustrated with her partner's ethical shortcomings, a postdoc abandons her relationship with science.
The main purpose of a research plan—and, for that matter, the rest of your application package—is to assure the hiring committee that life with you will be stress-free.
Many scientists worry that if they dress well, they'll be sending a message that appearances matter more than substance.
Graduate school applications from India way up … storm chaser makes good … public policy debates are not for the timid.
Physicists, too, can apply their scientific training to curing disease and alleviating human suffering.
A new study reveals that professors respond less readily to research inquiries that appear to come from minorities.
Patents and other entrepreneurial outputs should be weighed more heavily in faculty tenure-and-promotion decisions, write the authors of a PNAS article.