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Fabian Zanella

10.01.2014 |    65 |   reply |
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Once you are set to pursue academic research, you may have a few options regarding labs and PIs you would like to work for.  While this is a very coarse view on how labs function according to their “size,” with exceptions in all kinds, I have observed that many of those characteristics are shared within labs in the same category. The “Big PI”s lab is an obvious temptation to all early career scientists, most especially those who want to be able to say “I had my training in Dr. X’s lab, a Nobel Laureate”. That desire usually comes along with aspirations of...
Tags: choosing the right lab, pros and cons of big and small labs


Amber O’Connor

09.29.2014 |    174 |   reply |
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This month, I thought I’d share with you some of the administrative things I’ve had to learn and complete when it comes to starting my freelance science writing business.   Having your own business means that you charge for services to earn income, and that you are responsible for assuring the...
Tags: how to start a freelance writing business, things needed to start up a business


Charlotte Mitchell

09.26.2014 |    186 |   reply |
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If you are one of the lucky graduate students or postdocs, you have actually been told that it is a good idea to network, or you have eventually figured it out yourself.  Fortunately, more and more Universities now have career development teams, postdoc committees and other resources available to help PhD...
Tags: getting a job through networking, how to network, networking


Shu Chin Ma

09.24.2014 |    275 |   reply |
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When you hear the words “working remotely,” does it conjure up an image of someone sloppily dressed in their ratty pajama, hair unkempt, with a huge mug of coffee cradled in one hand, while sitting in front of the television with a computer, haphazardly propped on their lap?  How about someone...
Tags: benefits of working at home, work at home scientist, working from home


Kate Sleeth

09.22.2014 |    393 |   reply |
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I am wondering how many people know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?   I am sure everyone has heard of mentors, but have you heard of a sponsor (and this isn’t someone who is trying to raise money for a deserving charity!)?   My description of a mentor is...
Tags: sponsoring a scientist, what is sponsorship


Christiana Davis

09.19.2014 |    454 |   reply |
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There are many opportunities in industry for life scientists with grant writing skills.  As a Medical Writer, you may choose to include grant proposal writing as one of the services you offer. I was recently asked to write a technology grant proposal for launching an iOS App. Although I did not...
Tags: grant proposal writing, grant writing opportunities, transferable skills


Suzane Ramos da Silva

09.17.2014 |    1,155 |   reply |
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I still can remember the feeling of having butterflies in my stomach on my first day at the lab.  Everything was new and exciting, and I wanted to know everything, meet everybody, exchange experience, show everyone what I know, and learn what I didn’t. In the perfect world, that feeling should...


Nick Folger

09.15.2014 |    694 |   reply |
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Perhaps you have well established Mentor relationships in Academia or your current field.  Are they the best people to guide you through a career transition into a new field?  They know you well, and you have a comfortable relationship with them, but perhaps they don’t know enough about the new...


Shu Chin Ma

09.12.2014 |    1,060 |   reply |
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Thinking of where to start?  If you think joining a start-up company is your Willy Wonka’s golden ticket to lucrative stock options, mega cash-ins later, and early retirement before you hit the legal drinking age, then you might be interested in the Brooklyn Bridge, which I can sell to you at...
Tags: is joining a startup company good, startup company


Michael Salgaller

09.10.2014 |    643 |   reply |
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I know what you did this summer. You probably worked on your job, but not your career.  That’s okay. It’s hard to connect with people when so many are away on vacation. Weren’t you away part of the time? Please tell me you took a vacation. Please tell me you weren’t...
Tags: planning your career


Kate Sleeth

09.08.2014 |    811 |   reply |
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A few months ago, I wrote a blog on “Changing Your Name,” and I have been having discussions about this subject ever since!   The odd thing was that, while people considered the issues with identity crisis and confusion over the name change, no-one really considered the amount of effort that...
Tags: changing your name, Changing your name after marriage


Andrea Habura

09.05.2014 |    812 |   reply |
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“…the world is, indeed, filled with a number of things… not only the wondrous creatures of the sea, but the marvelous hand and machine tools, and the stupendous assortment of plastic materials (both natural and manmade) available, as our own rich heritage from nature and from man’s creativity...” – Dr. Zach...
Tags: bioinstrumentation, toolbuilding for scientists, World Maker Faire


Thomas Magaldi

09.03.2014 |    2,005 |   reply |
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Are you starting to think about your career path? Does the prospect of applying for jobs scare you?  If so, please follow the instructions listed below before you read the rest of this blog post.  1. Stand up. 2. Place your right hand over your heart. 3. Recite the following sentence: “I will find...
Tags: how to stay positive, positivity


Fabian Zanella

09.01.2014 |    1,117 |   reply |
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In academia, collaboration is a recurring topic, as it is seen as a valuable resource that helps research groups accomplish better results, more efficiently. We usually define an academic collaborator as someone who can provide you with something that you need for a project, but don’t have immediately available: Expertise on...
Tags: do collaborations work, unrecognized efforts


Kia Walcott

08.29.2014 |    642 |   reply |
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If you’re having trouble finding a job or just looking to get some more experience, don’t be afraid to take a short-term position.  While I was looking for a job in science writing, I also started looking for something temporary that I could do to beef up my resume (and bring...
Tags: importance of teaching, is teaching for me, why should I teach


Dave Galgoczy

08.27.2014 |    911 |   reply |
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Hello Bio Careers community! To introduce myself, my name is Dave Galgoczy. I work in a few roles, such as an independent technology consultant with startup industrial biotech companies, and as an expert consultant for financial firms. Consulting fits my skills, interests, and need for variety, and allows me to lend...
Tags: how to become a consultant, how to start in consulting


Christiana Davis

08.25.2014 |    1,464 |   reply |
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To become a competent and successful medical writer, there are skills you must acquire.  If you are a life scientist, you likely have some of these under your belt. This includes an in-depth knowledge of science and research. This background is vital in industry, where you are expected to combine your...
Tags: how to be a medical writer, how to write in industry


Sandlin Seguin

08.22.2014 |    1,740 |   reply |
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“This abstract is awful. Just start over.” “You give bad lectures. You didn’t make sense.” “This manuscript is a mess. It needs organization.” Taking criticism is hard. Giving criticism is hard. Giving criticism in ways that can be taken by the listener, is an art form. I don’t claim to be an expert,...
Tags: how to do constructive criticism, how to give criticism


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