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Holly Brevig

04.01.2016 |    2,917 |   reply |
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There are a number of fellowships and internships out there for PhDs to explore career options.   There are teaching fellowships (e.g., Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship), science policy fellowships (e.g., Research American Science Policy), regulatory and medical writing (e.g., Cato Research Fellows), science writing (e.g., Richard Casement Internship at the Economist) or other types (e.g., White House Fellows, Office of Science Technology Policy Internship Program, etc).  I wrote an earlier blog that included a table of different opportunities for PhDs that you can check out.   Some fellowships and internships do not pay and/or are short-term.  Most are very competitive.  Just because...


Clement Weinberger

03.30.2016 |    2,926 |   reply |
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A blank computer screen might be one of the scariest things on your bench or desk(top).  You sit in front of one when you have to describe a research project that has become as “my problem”. Maybe the most difficult page is the one where you transform a “good idea at...


Clement Weinberger

03.25.2016 |    2,951 |   reply |
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OK, so you’ve finished your publication manuscript, and all the coauthors agree that it’s ready for submission.  Got a journal? Build a short list of target journals.   Choose carefully. Perhaps the main reason for rejection is not choosing the “right” journal. Take a look at this recent article on journal submission and...


Clement Weinberger

03.21.2016 |    2,743 |   reply |
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So, what’s been happening with the manuscript that you uploaded a month or two ago?  You've been logging in to the journal every few days for a while now to follow the status of your article and checking your e-mail carefully. At last, the editor has sent you a decision. What...


Sandlin Seguin

02.24.2016 |    4,494 |   reply |
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As I mentioned before, my team has been looking to hire a couple technical writers.  While the requirements for any specific role may vary, I find that it is a role that scientists can transition into fairly easily, because so much of what we do hinges on our ability to communicate...


Clement Weinberger

01.27.2016 |    3,132 |   reply |
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How many times has someone asked you “what do you do all day?” or “what’s your day like?” or “tell me about your day?”.  Most PhD students, postdocs, and academic faculty spend hours at the bench doing research, recording, and analyzing results that will either confirm or reject a hypothesis. Additional...


Clement Weinberger

01.20.2016 |    3,777 |   reply |
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Well, this time, it’s about “information flow” and more about publications.  Actually, good, readable, interesting, quickly published, frequently cited articles begin long before the writing. They start with “a good idea at the time,” which then becomes “your problem,” i.e., an idea that you take ownership of – as opposed to...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.24.2015 |    5,501 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  Our topic this time is how to avoid making the hiring authority think you are an unreliable flake.  If you give that impression, all the latest fads in job search won't help you. Job search is difficult enough, without putting roadblocks in your own way. You have to remember that...
Tags: job hunting etiquette


Shu Chin Ma

08.17.2015 |    5,133 |   reply |
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I will be the first one to admit that I am mighty talented when it comes to finding ways to procrastinate or frivolously waste time on a daily basis. You’d think it was an Olympic sport.  So, past the half way mark of 2015, I am finally getting around to my...


Sandlin Seguin

08.12.2015 |    5,795 |   reply |
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The truth is out there: The number of tenure track faculty positions is shrinking relative to the number of eligible candidates.  Adjuncting may be viewed as a stop gap for departments who need instructors and candidates who are timing the job market, but these positions aren’t meant to be long term....
Tags: alternative careers to academia, teaching alternatives


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.05.2015 |    8,842 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This time we're going to take a look at three foundational principles that will keep you organized and focused on your job search.  Anyone who has read my blogs for a long time knows that I am a firm believer in not spinning your wheels. Spinning your wheels causes anxiety,...
Tags: how to do proper job search, job search process


Renda Hawwa

07.31.2015 |    5,736 |   reply |
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Two words that can evoke either feelings of pure excitement or pure fear: Startup Company.  Startups are common in the biotechnology world, as there are many brilliant scientists and business savvy people with innovative ideas and plans of how to implement them. After finishing my PhD in medicinal chemistry/structural biology, I was...
Tags: is start up a good option, working for startup companies


Sandlin Seguin

04.08.2015 |    7,939 |   reply |
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Chances are good that if you have considered moving into a communication heavy career, someone has at some point suggested you keep a writing portfolio.  If you are like me, you nodded sagely and left confused. What is a writing portfolio? And what do I put in mine, if I am...
Tags: compiling a writing portfolio, what is a writing portfolio, writing portfolio for science writers


Clement Weinberger

04.01.2015 |    6,488 |   reply |
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At some point, you will have to choose journals to submit your articles to.  Finding the right journal is important because if your article isn’t published in a timely fashion, say within a year of a congress presentation, no one will know about it, and a delay will make someone ask,...
Tags: how to publish faster, publishing articles to smaller companies


Clement Weinberger

03.04.2015 |    12,197 |   reply |
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PhD students, and a majority of PhDs in science, spend many hours at the bench doing research designed to obtain results that will either confirm or reject a hypothesis.  They write, defend and revise a thesis. Along the way, and as soon and as often as possible afterward, they publish the...


Clement Weinberger

01.23.2015 |    7,673 |   reply |
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This doesn’t sound much like the title of a career path blog, does it?  You most likely know it as the title of a song by Paul Simon, but while it may resonate with a lot of people, what specific relevance could it have to science PhDs and postdocs?  Well, it does...
Tags: alternative careers for scientists, changing careers for scientists


Charlotte Mitchell

11.26.2014 |    7,765 |   reply |
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Absolutely, you can! But make sure you get all the facts so you can decide if it is acceptable to you before you accept an offer!  When I accepted a job as a scientific recruiter, I had no idea that I would have to sign a non-compete form. This was not...
Tags: problem with non-compete form, what is a non-compete form


Fabian Zanella

11.22.2014 |    5,822 |   reply |
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Let’s face it, it’s hard to do both at the same time, and do them well. I don’t think that scientific writing is my strongest skill, but I understand and respect the importance of it in science. I’m struggling with bench work, although interesting results are coming together. Then here comes...


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