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Ron Hunter

03.25.2015 |    257 |   reply |
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As a graduate student, I completed my dissertation research in a laboratory external to the chemistry department in the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) at Emory University. Due to this, I nurtured a relationship not only with Emory University’s main career center, but also one with career services at the public health school. I needed and welcomed any guidance available.  Headed to Washington, DC for an interview for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Fellowship in the subsequent weeks, I signed up for a mock job interview. I arrived dressed appropriately with a polished CV, and charmed my...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

03.23.2015 |    150 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  Today I wanted to cover something that I have seen a lot of.  Every week, I get maybe five resumes for a position I am trying to fill. Three people aren't even remotely qualified. One looks great on paper, but they never call me back after I respond, then there...


Debojyoti Dhar

03.18.2015 |    237 |   reply |
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Every idea has its place under the sun. Two industries, pharmaceuticals and aviation which are known to be ‘high risk – high gain’ business are strikingly employing similar practices in order to maximize productivity and profits. Everyone would agree that both aviation and pharmaceutical businesses require ‘deep pockets’ to start and...
Tags: ideas for startup


Christiana Davis

03.16.2015 |    313 |   reply |
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Learn all there is about the funding agency.  You may want to read (or review) one of my posts entitled “Writing Grants for Nonprofits - Where Do You Start?” In that post I emphasized the need to research your prospective funding agency. In the present post, I will share a few...


Ellen Margaret Moran

03.13.2015 |    420 |   reply |
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I am currently a full-time lab bench scientist with further experience working in research administration.  My background is in Translational Medicine and Biomedical research. I got involved in freelance science writing during my second postdoc position. It was a very intensive lab bench role and there was little opportunity to maintain...


Ron Hunter

03.11.2015 |    469 |   reply |
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Chemists work everywhere!  Over the years, I interviewed for jobs ranging from forensic chemist at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to research professor at Drexel University.  As PhDs, we have mastered the art of learning. As a result of completing an ultra-specific dissertation, one of our best talents becomes our capability to...
Tags: working for the CDC


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

03.09.2015 |    551 |   reply |
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Having a job is an essential part of our adult life, and it is definitely something we need in order to survive. It is something we depend on.  If we think about it, most of us will spend most of our productive life working, so looking for a job or staying...
Tags: changing careers in life science, transferable skills


Lamar Blackwell

03.06.2015 |    587 |   reply |
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Every day, young academic scientists are motivated to start careers in pharma.   A few years ago, I was one of them.  After working for over a year in pharma, I would like to share some of my thoughts about this transition.  In this post, I will discuss some helpful qualities...
Tags: changing careers from academia to industry, transferable skills, transition


Clement Weinberger

03.04.2015 |    2,688 |   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...


Debojyoti Dhar

03.02.2015 |    668 |   reply |
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Biomarkers are the Holy Grail for detecting diseases.  Natural biomarkers are sought after molecules for effective screening of patients. Biomarkers include detection of proteins, RNA, DNA to now even micro RNAs. However, detection of natural biomarkers is fraught with issues of specificity, feasibility, price etc. Now, a new set of research is...
Tags: modern diagnostics, synthetic biomarkers


Sandlin Seguin

02.27.2015 |    1,218 |   reply |
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Last week, I accepted a new job that I am very excited about.  Of course, anytime you can wrap up a job hunt is deeply gratifying, but this time in particular, I am thrilled with the outcome. I am taking a role as an eLearning Specialist at Tableau Software.  That’s a...
Tags: job coach works, tips for job search


Shu Chin Ma

02.25.2015 |    1,552 |   reply |
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Does your stomach do flips when you hear the word “presentation”? Does your throat get drier than the Sahara desert when you have to speak to more than one person? Do you sweat profusely when you have to “network”? Do your legs wobble if you have to resolve perceived conflicts...
Tags: public speaking tips, speaking with confidence


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.23.2015 |    1,792 |   reply |
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Finishing a PhD has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling goals I have achieved so far. However, the path was far from easy.  I believe most of my peers will agree with me when I say that towards the end of our training, the path becomes not only highly...
Tags: life after phd, what to after phd


Robert Cory Bernhards

02.20.2015 |    1,690 |   reply |
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Finding a good job in today’s economy is a challenge, especially when it comes to specialized research.   Many PhDs are forced to take jobs they don’t really want, or ones that don’t benefit their career paths.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Your dream job is out there, and...
Tags: chasing your dream job, networking


Thomas Patrick Chuna

02.18.2015 |    2,877 |   reply |
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This is my first blog for Biocareers.com in over a year, and it is good to be back.  I wanted to cover the topic of interview preparedness today. In March I am conducting a webinar on how to interview well, and I will expand on what I write here, but I...


Fabian Zanella

02.16.2015 |    2,237 |   reply |
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Since around this time of the year, tax return commercials invade our televisions, I thought I could share an experience that is related to that. In my five years of postdoctoral experience, I have been fortunate to be able to cover for my own salary through a grant from a local...


Suzane Ramos da Silva

02.13.2015 |    2,573 |   reply |
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After reading an interview with a pioneer scientist on Science, I kept questioning myself about how to find a balance between life and work.  In the cited interview, the scientist said she took 5 days off work for the birth of all her three sons. I read a lot about life...
Tags: taking a break from work, work-life balance


Ron Hunter

02.11.2015 |    2,011 |   reply |
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My grandmother often remarked that I had been here before, which meant that I was an old soul.  More than knowing what I wanted as a child, I anticipated the future with a sixth sense. This remained true until the end of graduate school. I finished my PhD in chemistry, and...


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