“iBiology announced the release of its new free online course Planning Your Scientific Journey. The course is built by scientists for life science trainees, and it aims to teach trainees how to choose a good scientific problem as well as how to plan their journey ahead. By the end of the course, students will have (1) criteria to evaluate a research question, (2) a plan for how to approach their scientific question and other research goals, and (3) an agenda for a meeting with their mentor to get feedback on their plan. The course starts October 2, 2017, and is targeted to advanced undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs.”
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is hosting a Webinar on ‘Job Hunting: Compensation Negotation’ on Sepember 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The description reads “After you land a job offer for an industry scientist position, how do you know if the compensation package is competitive, and how do you ask for more? In this webinar, you will learn how to positively accomplish these tasks. Content will be relevant to other career paths, although the presenter will focus on industry scientist positions.”
The American Society for Cell Biology has posted an interview with a medical science liaison.
May 22, 2017
NSF has identified improvement of graduate student preparedness for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce as one of its priorities. As part of this effort, a supplemental funding opportunity is available in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and FY 2019 to provide support for non-academic research internships for graduate students to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. NSF currently invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities and has historically encouraged principal investigators (PIs) to include such activities in research proposals to NSF. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes new commitments and funding opportunities at NSF to ensure graduate students are prepared for the 21st-century STEM workforce.
Steven Hyman at the Broad Institute writes in the journal Nature that independent professionals advance science in ways faculty-run labs cannot, and that staff scientist positions keep these talented people in research.
Read the full article on the Nature website.