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January 11, 2008

In Person: A Career Home Run

[Working in product management] was intellectually stimulating but not emotionally engaging. What did engage me was baseball statistics.

January 18, 2008

Following the Image

"For her, that's the ultimate goal, not just for the status of a cover image on a sexy, high-profile journal but rather that this is a beautiful image that people are going to see." --Rebecca Heald

January 18, 2008

Mind Matters: Leaving a Lab Gracefully

"Go through the work in progress and come to an agreement about which parts of it are nearly complete and which parts may be completed by others." --Frederick Maxfield.

January 18, 2008

Tooling Up: Dealing With Men Who Have a Problem With Women

Even if you're dealing with the world's biggest jerk, he's likely to be the jerk
in charge.

January 25, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Dealing With Difficult Colleagues

If you learn how to cope with contrary colleagues early in your career, particularly in the competitive atmosphere of a lab, you will develop valuable coping and people-management skills that will serve you time and again, wherever your career path takes you.

January 25, 2008

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 12: Reflections

Is there really such a thing as a perfect postdoc? That exquisite transitional period during which you move from peon...
January 25, 2008

Opportunities: The Curse of Brains

Intellectually smart people sometimes analyze so much that they delay taking any action while creating for themselves a great deal of mental work and anxiety.

February 01, 2008

Maximizing Productivity and Recognition, Part 2: Collaboration and Networking

These techniques can help you identify important contributors--and potential collaborators--whom you and others may have overlooked. That's a very good thing for science, and it's good for your career.

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.

February 01, 2008

Learning to Manage

"At this stage, most of these students are … managed rather than to manage themselves. But at some point that changes. Students ... become group leaders or professors, and then they are still missing the necessary tools to guide and lead one or even several groups and projects." --Henner Willnow (pictured above), project manager of TRAYSS PRIME

February 08, 2008

Global Feature: Mentoring

What makes mentoring relationships successful?

February 08, 2008

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

A mentor in industry helped physicist Joan Hoffmann navigate graduate school and launch her career.

February 08, 2008

Mentoring Opposites

Sander van Zuijlen and Hester Bijl turned their differences into strengths as they moved from student and mentor to scientific collaborators.

February 15, 2008

In Person: Finding Opportunities in a Dysfunctional Job Market

If you want to find hidden value in the market for employment, you have to cast a wide net.

February 15, 2008

No, You're Not an Impostor

"Nobody wants to entertain the possibility that they're the only one who doesn't get it." --Justin Kruger, Stern School of Business, New York University

February 15, 2008

Put Some Muscle Into Your Marketing Materials

Here's how to get your job-search paperwork to the 'good' stage.

February 22, 2008

Opportunities: Master of Disaster

Psychologists and career counselors have found that people's ability to cope with and adapt to setbacks when they occur is a major predictor of overall happiness and professional success.

February 22, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Preparing for Your Post-Ph.D. Career

Evaluating all the options is a lot of work, so allow time to do it properly and start well in advance.

February 22, 2008

Alone in the Field

"Eduardo Moreno made it through the first selection because of his strong past record and made it through the last round thanks to the innovative, yet highly relevant, nature of his grant," writes ERC jury panel chair Susan Gasser.

February 29, 2008

Research in Translation: Getting Published

"We're interested both in papers that identify a new feature of a disease or a new mechanism by which disease is regulated and studies that investigate the mechanism behind a response to an experimental drug or vaccine that's already in use." --Heather Van Epps