Hi Everyone, I have an unexpected position for postdoctoral fellow just available and was wondering if you have anyone or know of anyone that might be interested. I attached a notice for the position. Please distribute as appropriate. Thanks, Kenner Kenner C. Rice, Ph.D., Chief Drug Design and Synthesis Section, Molecular Targets and Medications Discovery
Position: Staff Fellow Organization: Food and Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Location: Silver Spring, MD The Food and Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is seeking a motivated individual to join The Division of Bacterial, Parasitic & Allergenic Products Laboratory of Bacterial Polysaccharides Vaccine Structure Group. The successful candidate will
Opinions – everyone seems to have one. How about some real data? Opinion: Celebrating R and D expenditures badly misses the point www.pnas.org/content/112/31/9496.full
Editorial article in Science titled “Rethinking graduate education.” Leshner offers criticism of the current graduate system, but no suggestions for change. Maybe he needs to attend the CBI Career Conference? www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6246/349.summary
Q&A from Nature Chemical Biology asks “What is the most significant challenge facing chemical biology as a discipline?” Nature Chemical Biology Q&A: www.nature.com/nchembio/journal/v11/n8/pdf/nchembio.1880.pdf
PNAS paper with recommendations for a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: more money for postdocs, hire staff scientists, and more career development. Do you agree? Paper: www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/07/16/1509901112.abstract
The 2015 TEDMED Speakers have been announced. Free online or $4,950 registration fee – you decide. Link: http://tedmed.com/speakers
What do you think of Ronald Germain‘s post on iBiology? Should the NIH be funding people and not projects with specific aims? Idiotic or brilliant idea? Video Post: http://www.ibiology.org/ibiomagazine/ronald-germain-nih-funding-should-support-people-not-projects.html With flat funding, should NIH be spreading the money around (small grants for everyone)? Or is this a time to ‘cull the herd’?
Here are some links to interesting articles on mentoring: Defining the Ideal Qualities of Mentorship: A Qualitative Analysis of the Characteristics of Outstanding Mentors (PUBMED Link) (ARTICLE link) Enhancement of Mentor Selection Using the Ideal Mentor Scale (ARTICLE link) Making the Most of Mentors: A Guide for Mentees (ARTICLE link)
Is the idea of the postdoc position obsolete in today’s scientific landscape? In the 3 July 2015 issue of issue of Science, they ran excerpts from 23 of the many interesting responses they received to this question (link). The full versions of those 23 essays (in the order they were printed) as well as the
Several of the sessions at the upcoming ACS Meeting in San Francisco will have appeal to those individuals exploring alternative careers. Alternative Careers in Chemistry: Donna Nelson, an adviser for the show Breaking Bad will be here discussing ” Ensuring scientific accuracy in television, film, and other moving media”. True Stories from Entrepreneurs Celebrating 40
Dr. Petsko recently chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee that investigated the science and engineering postdoctoral experience in the United States. In this talk, he discusses some of his own findings from participating on this committee including the fact that a large majority of post-docs do not continue with careers in academia and should
New publication from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press titled, “Career Options for Biomedical Scientists”. Download Introduction Description: The majority of PhDs trained in biomedical sciences do not remain in academia. They are now presented with a broad variety of career options, including science journalism, publishing, science policy, patent law, and many more. This book examines
Interesting reading on graduate training and career development. Article by Viviane Callier & Nathan L Vanderford in Nature Biotechnolgy (www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v32/n6/full/nbt.2928.html?WT.ec_id=NBT-201406). Academia’s pursuit of tokens of prestige has eclipsed trainees’ well-being and career development. Is is time to change?
Do you follow TEDMED? If not, we suggest you do. From September 10-12, 2014, TEDMED will bring together Delegates in Washington, DC and San Francisco for this year’s gathering. Delegates in both cities will participate in a simultaneous, unified, digitally linked program with equal numbers of live Speakers, Delegates, and innovative Hive startups. The full
Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and
Here’s another interesting article from an ASCB blog posting titled “The Tale of the Funnel—Applying for Academic Faculty Jobs”. (LINK!) Bruno da Rocha-Azevedo provides some advice for starting your application for academic postions.
Where Will a Biology PhD Take You? Check out the post by Jessica Polka (email@example.com) from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) where she presents a graphic, based primarily on the 2012 NIH Workforce report, suggesting that a faculty job is an “alternative career” for PhD students. Link to article: http://www.ascb.org/ascbpost/index.php/compass-points/item/285-where-will-a-biology-phd-take-you
Prior to the kicking off the CBI Career Conference on Tuesday, June 3rd,(2-4 pm) the University of Wisconsin will host two mini-workshops. Dr. Miles Fabian (NIH) will lead a one-hour workshop at 2 pm on NIH Fellowships for graduate students (F31, PA-14-147) and postdoctoral fellows (F32, PA-11-113). You’ll spend 10 minutes learning about the logistics,
From the American Institutes of Research, sixty-One Percent of STEM Ph.D.’s Pursue Nonacademic Careers, but Job Duties Differ Widely by Race and Gender http://www.air.org/news/press-release/sixty-one-percent-stem-phds-pursue-nonacademic-careers Key findings include the following: Approximately half of Black, Hispanic, and White female STEM Ph.D. holders and Black and Hispanic male STEM Ph.D. holders were in nonacademic careers, whereas two
Alison Tebo, a University of Michigan attendee, posted several blogs about last year’s conference. https://communities.acs.org/community/science/chemical_biology/blog/2013/06/25/the-cbi-career-development-conference http://a1tg.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/highlights-from-the-cbi-career-development-conference/
Check out this article from THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION about talking with your adviser about non-academic aspirations. ARTICLE LINK:chronicle.com/article/How-to-Tell-Your-Adviser/145609/
Dr. Ann Weber (Merck) and Professor Anna Mapp (University of Michigan) will be the Keynote Speakers for the 2014 meeting.
Tentative list of speakers announced for Steenbock Symposium
CBI Career Development’s new website is nearing beta-testing.