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Shut off the PhD tap

We need to stop training so many PhD scientists.<p>It is overwhelmingly clear that much of the quotidian difficulty vis a vis grant funding is that we …

Too Many Science Students?

Is it even possible too have too many science PhDs?<p>Here's a phrase you don't hear every day: "We need to stop training so many PhD scientists."<p>That's …

Are We Training Too Many Scientists?

FEATURE<p>Are We Training Too Many Scientists?<p>A glut of postdocs, too few desired positions, and a faculty invested in the status quo point to a need …

What do researchers do? — Vitae Website

What do research staff do next? 2016 A report in the series of What do researchers do? on careers of research staff who have made successful …

Thinking about the Pipeline

A PhD should comprise both education and training. It should not be slave labour or done in blindness about where it might be leading. But I fear …

Getting an internship in science journalism

<b></b>Last week, we received an email from one of our readers:<p>“I’ve just finished my PhD and I’m now focusing on a move into science journalism. I’d really …

Transitions: Changing PhDs and exploring science writing – Paige Brown

<i>Career paths are not always straightforward. Choosing a scientific vocation can involve challenging and unanticipated decisions, often with no tour</i> …

Careers for scientists away from the bench

<i>Many postdocs end up leaving the lab – so what other opportunities are out there?</i><p>Last week, <i>Naturejobs</i> was at the University of Helsinki post-doctoral …

Your PhD, what next?

Opportunities for PhD graduates to build a career outside of academia are increasing. Discover how to make your Doctorate work for you in the jobs …

An Intern Explores Ocean Careers

I’m a high school student interested in pursuing marine science. I have loved the ocean since I was 3 feet tall and only getting my feet wet at the …

Educational game designer: where biology, games, and technology meet

When Eva approached me about contributing to this series about how one goes from a PhD in developmental biology and ends up in a non traditional …

Academia doesn’t have a PhD problem, it has an attitude problem

By on June 19, 2013 • ( 108 Comments )<p>A month after last January’s State of the Union Address, in which President Obama called for an increase in …

3 Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing A Career In Science?

1 out of 222 PhD graduates will achieve the status “Professor”. Are you still dreaming of a career in science? And are these dreams grounded in the …

Off-Track: Finding your path after leaving academia

<b>By Carolyn Beans, contributor</b><p>Before continuing on the academic track, many of my fellow graduate students and I wanted to at least know what other …

Alternative careers in translational research

<b>By Sean Muthian, contributor</b><p><b>Want to keep working in translational research but prefer a role away from the bench? Then opportunities abound.</b><p>For PhDs …

Careers (not just jobs) for Ph.D.s outside the academy.

A week ago I was in Boston for the 2013 annual meeting of the History of Science Society. Immediately after the session in which I was a speaker, I …

An unexpected delight in the form of careers advice

Fellow Occam’s Typewriter blogger <br>Jenny Rohn‘s book on sale at ASHG 2012.<p>This week I am attending the 62nd meeting of the American Society of Human …

Where scientists fear to tread

I have recently returned from a spate of international conferences that afforded me the opportunity to experience meetings for the first time as an …

There and back again...

We’ve all heard the aphorism that once you leave academia, you can’t go back. A little over two years ago, I wrote about my transition from academic …

From science PhD to careers outside academia: what might help?

(<b>Update</b>: This article is for those who want to browse and explore the topic. Those wanting to get to the meat of it may like to head straight to the</b> …

Career paths, redux – the academic research career is the exception

Two recent posts from (parts I and II) review a graduate student forum where two university staff members presented their thoughts about career …

Leaving academia – create your next job?

Karen Kelsky, writing at the Chronicle of Higher Education, suggests that those moving out of academia create their next job and offers a ranty …

On alternatives to academic careers and "letting go"

There’s been a flurry articles about career paths for Ph.D. graduates over past week or so, prompting me to gather together (some of) them and pick …

Science PhD career preferences surveyed

One of the most oft cited quotes on twitter is drawn from this passage from the abstract of Henry Sauermann and Michael Roach’s paper:<p>’We also show …

More inclusive re-entry to encourage departure to businesses?

Providing better routes for scientists in businesses to enter academia might encourage scientists in academia to move to businesses?<p>Recently I …

Hanging up their labcoats: Australia's new brain drain

Faced with limited job opportunities, disenchanted young researchers are giving up on careers in science, writes Tim Nielsen.<p>By Tim Nielsen<p>January is …