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Fabian Zanella

04.15.2015 |    107 |   reply |
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I read this very interesting article in Forbes, and saw many take always and good advice.  So I decided to share it, combined with my own experience. Your postdoc period should be the most intense and productive time of your scientific career. I have heard this phrase many times in the past, and repeated it to myself as well. So, when it gets entrenched inside one’s skull, together with a tendency of very high expectations from PI’s, postdocs work very hard.  I have seen labs that operate like sweat shops. People are in before 8am and many are still in the lab past...
Tags: work life balance, working in stem cell research


Thomas Patrick Chuna

04.13.2015 |    122 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  Today I wanted to cover something that can kill your job search, and your new job, if you aren't careful.  Let's say, you graduate with a degree in your chosen field from an institution of higher learning, but, for one reason or another, it takes months, or maybe a year...
Tags: how to answer employer, interview answers, job gap


Sandlin Seguin

04.08.2015 |    352 |   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


Robert Cory Bernhards

04.06.2015 |    387 |   reply |
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Ever wonder why you never hear about postdoc job opportunities at military research institutes?   One reason is that adequate job advertising is severely lacking or completely absent for most military research postdoc positions.  As a result, most prospective postdocs have no idea where to go, or what they need to...
Tags: how to a military science job, networking in military science


Lamar Blackwell

04.03.2015 |    521 |   reply |
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Learning to speak well is an important transferable skill for work in academia, pharma, and life in general.   While we know this is important, few understand the need to use this skill in “reinventing” themselves when entertaining a career transition.   Last time, I described the need to learn to...


Clement Weinberger

04.01.2015 |    504 |   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


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

03.30.2015 |    542 |   reply |
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For every job available out there, no matter the discipline, we can find hundreds of applicants equally qualified who can fill that position.  A colleague of mine, who worked as Dean of Administration at an academic institution, once told me that no matter how good we are at our job, there...
Tags: better work environment, social skills at work


Ron Hunter

03.25.2015 |    915 |   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...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

03.23.2015 |    700 |   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 |    726 |   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 |    839 |   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 |    1,053 |   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 |    1,259 |   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 |    1,724 |   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 |    1,980 |   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 |    4,649 |   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 |    1,780 |   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 |    2,173 |   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


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