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Clement Weinberger

03.25.2016 |    2,934 |   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 publication patterns (Calcagno, Science 2012;338:1065–1069). Begin by considering the journals you read frequently and the journals that are used by other researchers in your field. You must already have an idea which ones they are, but discuss the preferences with your coauthors.  If the study results have been presented at a...


Melanie Smith

03.24.2016 |    2,611 |   reply |
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Losing your job can feel a lot like dealing with a death or other devastating loss (the process can be very similar).  There’s the financial aspect - you had plenty of money to feed your family, pay your mortgage, now you don’t.  The social aspect - you spent 8+ hrs/day with...


Judy Lytle

03.23.2016 |    3,177 |   reply |
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The term “imposter syndrome” was coined by a couple of clinical psychologists in the late 1970s.  This is when high-achieving people have freak-out moments, and think that they’re going to be called out as frauds. I think PhDs coming out of academia often suffer from imposter syndrome.  Think about it. These folks...


Clement Weinberger

03.21.2016 |    2,731 |   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...


Tom Ruginis

03.16.2016 |    3,021 |   reply |
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Three months after leaving the lab and ditching my PhD program, I found a job as a sales rep. I became that person who knocks on your lab door, interrupts your day, and asks you to buy lab supplies.  The first year was great. My income doubled from that of a...


Aarti Turuvekere

03.14.2016 |    2,438 |   reply |
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While completing my masters in public health (MPG) in epidemiology and biostatistics, I was working in clinical research for pharmaceutical companies in HIV and women's health.  I decided to apply for government contracting/consulting jobs in 2008-09. I leveraged my data analysis skills from my MPH program and landed a job as...


Judy Lytle

03.11.2016 |    3,300 |   reply |
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I know what you’re thinking.  Why on earth would I go back to school?! I have a Doctorate! Plenty of us go back – for an MBA, or a graduate certificate, or a Masters in this or that. Almost 10 years after earning my doctorate, I’m back to school, earning a...


Suzane Ramos da Silva

03.09.2016 |    3,304 |   reply |
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I think, by now, everyone is updated about all the troubles Zika might be causing around the globe, especially in Brazil.  Suddenly, all eyes were tuned to Brazil, not just to understand what is going on, how the virus and if the virus is really causing all the damage reported in...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

03.07.2016 |    3,903 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  Today we are going to talk about the most aggravating part of job search, at least according to the emails I get: the “hurry up and wait” aspect of job seeking.  Everyone wants to know how to move the process along. The first thing to know is that there is...


Andrea Habura

03.04.2016 |    2,926 |   reply |
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“At scientific conferences, there are three classes of attendees: Eminents, Lowlies, and Everyone Else. Grad students, of course, fall into the Lowlies group. An ecotone, or edge effect, where all three classes come into contact can yield higher biodiversity and productivity than in any one group by itself.” – Stephen...


Lamar Blackwell

03.02.2016 |    3,194 |   reply |
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Congratulations!  Most people never think about how their career pursuit aligns with their values.   They will not prepare a plan and break it down into actionable, manageable steps.  You already have a competitive edge and are in the top 10% of pursuing a career. Few people will prepare a plan, act...


Hamilton Lenox

03.01.2016 |    2,871 |   reply |
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My name is Hamilton Lenox, and welcome to my first blog on Bio Careers.   When I was first approached and asked to contribute to the site, I readily agreed, in the hopes that I could potentially offer some insights that will help others who are just starting their careers, or...


Charlene Milliken

02.29.2016 |    3,060 |   reply |
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I knew before I graduated with my Ph.D. that I would not be pursuing a career in academia.   When I received an AAAS fellowship and was placed in the Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I was thrilled…mainly because I got the AAAS fellowship, but...


Charlene Milliken

02.26.2016 |    2,837 |   reply |
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A career in the federal government can be rewarding and interesting.  However, if you’re considering a career in the federal government, here are a few tips to keep in mind.   They’re broad generalizations, but you’ll most likely run into at least one of them.  Knowing these things in advance can...


Sandlin Seguin

02.24.2016 |    4,456 |   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...


Tom Ruginis

02.22.2016 |    3,278 |   reply |
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It was summer of 2005, the beginning of a PhD program at the University of IL-Chicago.  I was grateful for my Student Mentor, Aaron Place, as he taught me the ropes. I was comfortable. Then classes started and I couldn’t stay awake. A dark auditorium and 8am classes?! Doubts began. Will...


Melanie Smith

02.19.2016 |    3,086 |   reply |
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As a Recruiter reviews a resume, there are certain things that we typically look for and want to see in a resume, and certain things we just don’t want to see.  I think when we first start reading a resume or cv, one of the first things to catch our eye...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.17.2016 |    3,190 |   reply |
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For most of us, finding a job after we graduate is our main goal.  We want a salary that is nothing close to what we were making during graduate school, to be financially and professionally stable, and to work for 30+ years until we are ready to retire. We want a...


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