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Dave Galgoczy

12.15.2014 |    96 |   reply |
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“You’re a consultant! Be clear! Make a plan and stick to it! Don’t drone on and on! Back everything up with numbers!”  When I started consulting as a domain expert in energy and biotech, this was, more or less, the feedback I received from a friend of mine who was a seasoned consultant. As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I work as an expert consultant for companies and financial firms to bring them up to speed on topics and to answer questions. My work is similar to that of other PhDs, in that it deals with complex information and ideas....


Andrea Habura

12.12.2014 |    149 |   reply |
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Several years ago, I was doing field research in a remote and extremely cold site, and I had to take a multi-day survival training course before they would let me out on the ice unsupervised.  On our first day of “Happy Camper School,” my classmates and I were given a list:  “Bring:...


Thomas Magaldi

12.10.2014 |    1,783 |   reply |
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Two weeks after I finished graduate school, my father-in-law introduced me to a friend by saying “I want you to meet my son-in-law. He just became a doctor.”  While I forced a grin and politely accepted the ensuing congratulations, I instead wanted to clarify that I just received a PhD, and...
Tags: is my phd worth it


Sandlin Seguin

12.08.2014 |    240 |   reply |
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It’s that time again, my contract is ending and I am back on the job market.  I’m fairly optimistic this time, despite the fact that this is my third job hunt in as many years. I’ve developed a lot professionally, and built a stronger network. I am also able to learn...
Tags: are career coaches helpful, using career coaches


Shu Chin Ma

12.01.2014 |    530 |   reply |
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Okay, I will admit it, I am writing this with a tight jaw and clenched teeth, and possibly a weird tick with one of my eyelids.  As the title stated, I will explain how you can make sure that people will avoid you like the plague, and pretend they are deaf,...


Charlotte Mitchell

11.26.2014 |    481 |   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 |    584 |   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...


Naresh Sunkara

11.19.2014 |    667 |   reply |
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My street credentials: I’ve been a graduate student, a PhD in Organic chemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a postdoc from the University of California, Berkeley, and transitioned into a fulltime entrepreneur for over a year now.  I have also founded the Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program, to help PhD’s...
Tags: takeaways from being a scientist


Clement Weinberger

11.14.2014 |    750 |   reply |
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Before you start to read this blog post, please take the time to note that it ends with a question mark.  That’s not to imply that “life” ends after grad school. It’s meant to imply that there are lots of things that a PhD can do.  After spending at least 25 years...
Tags: career path after grad school, job opportunities for grad students


Christiana Davis

11.12.2014 |    690 |   reply |
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There are many nonprofit organizations in your community who continuously seek funds to stay afloat.  As a life scientist, you have acquired most of the skills needed to successfully write a grant for a nonprofit. These include, researching, writing, editing and proofreading skills. But, where do you start? In the next...


Andrea Habura

11.10.2014 |    1,571 |   reply |
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“Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it.” – Mark Twain What is your work, anyway? Not your research project, but your work. The sort of job you’re really suited for. If you got a traditional biologist’s education, you may not be sure. Academia is...
Tags: bioinstrumentation, what job suits me best


Clement Weinberger

10.31.2014 |    1,505 |   reply |
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My name is Clement Weinberger, and I am a freelance medical writer. I retired as Director of Medical Communications in the Medical Affairs Department of a biopharma company about 6 years ago, and started a freelance business.   Of course, my professional life didn't start there. In this, and in forthcoming...
Tags: what to do with my career, when career plans don’t go my way


Kia Walcott

10.29.2014 |    924 |   reply |
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Before I begin, let me say that there are several types of medical/science writing roles, and the projects one works on within each role, can vary. I work for a healthcare communications agency on the commercial side of an oncology product. Projects I work on can be physician-or patient-facing, for sales...
Tags: day in the life of a medical writer, medical writing as a career, what is it like to be a medical writer


Charlotte Mitchell

10.27.2014 |    2,631 |   reply |
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Believe it or not, but being a scientist leaves you with quite a few career choices in both science-related and unrelated fields.  You do want to choose carefully, because moving back into a field that you previously left definitely has some challenges. However, in some cases, it can work to your...
Tags: recruiting as a career path, science recruiter


Dave Galgoczy

10.22.2014 |    2,387 |   reply |
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Years ago, during my grad school interviews, the late Seymour Benzer told me that I would be forced to decide in grad school whether I would “run with the herd,” or instead become one of the few scientists who would be comfortable operating more independently.  That succinct statement encompassed all of...
Tags: casting a wide net networking, how to network


Shu Chin Ma

10.20.2014 |    1,763 |   reply |
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One of the earliest and probably the most important professional relationships you will ever have is with your academic mentors.  It shares many similarities with a parent-child relationship. We are the eager ducklings learning to dive into the pool of knowledge, with the help of gentle nudging and the guidance of...
Tags: mentoring, saying goodbye to mentors


Sandlin Seguin

10.15.2014 |    2,213 |   reply |
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Chances are good that at some point in your career, you will need to teach people something in a formal environment like a classroom or lecture hall.  You might get assigned the entire first year of intro bio (with labs), or you might just give a guest lecture in some graduate...
Tags: effective teaching methods, how to effectively teach students


Christiana Davis

10.13.2014 |    2,297 |   reply |
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Letting data linger in our labs is very common in academia.  Most, if not all, Principle Investigators have data that may never see the light of the day. Do you wish you have more time to write scientific papers? In this present post, I'll share some tips on how to get...
Tags: getting control of your time, time management, unpublished data, writing schedule


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