Career Paths

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

Aníbal
Valentín-Acevedo

Switching Paths

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 at a job that we are unhappy about migh...


Donna Kridelbaugh

Donna
Kridelbaugh

#SCICOMM TIP: NEVER CLAIM TO BE THE FIRST TO DO ANYTHING IN SCIENCE

You see it all the time—in a popular news article about a groundbreaking research study to even the primary literature—that so-and-so researcher is the “first” to make some brand new discovery.This claim makes me cringe every time I see it. Why? Well to be honest, it’s highly unlikely to b...


DaveGalgoczy

Dave
Galgoczy

Beyond the academic herd: how to pursue opportunity

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 encomp...


charlotte.mitchell

Charlotte
Mitchell

Choosing your career carefully

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 you...


kia.walcott

Kia
Walcott

A Day in the Life of a Medical Writer

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 s...


ceweinber

Clement
Weinberger

Hello again (back after some time away from blogging)

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 ...


consulttoaspire

Christiana
Davis

Writing Grants for Nonprofits - Where Do You Start?

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 d...


naresh_sunkara

Naresh
Sunkara

Transition from a Scientist to an Entrepreneur

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 ...


thomas.magaldi

Thomas
Magaldi

No Grandma, I am not that type of doctor: Never be ashamed of your PhD

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 th...


andrea.habura

Andrea
Habura

The Packing List

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: Ex...