Posts Tagged ‘science career’

Fatal Career Traps for PhD Scientists

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-08-2012

What are your thoughts?

Facts that every American PhD student should know

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-08-2011

Hey grad students. Check out these facts:

  • fewer than 20% of PhDs in the biological sciences have been moving into tenure-track academic positions within 5–6 yr of receiving a PhD
  • only 14% of these PhDs hold tenure-track positions
  • 43% of PhD graduates are employed full-time in nonacademic settings
  • 80% of American PhD graduates do NOT hold tenure track positions despite the fact that ALL are trained to pursue the tenure track dream

These, and many other interesting tidbits were blogged about in a post by BioJobBlog earlier this week. If you are thinking about what job possibilities are open to you after graduating be sure to educate yourself and check out the BioJobBlog!

Inspirational Women Scientists

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-03-2011

What a great story!

According to the YouTube description: When Carla Shatz, PhD, professor of neurobiology, and Helen Blau, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, came to Stanford in 1978, they were two of he first women to be hired on the tenure tract for basic science faculty. Over the decades, as their professional and personal paths have diverged and converged, they have remained the closest of friends. In this video, they discuss the courses their paths have taken and reflect on the rewards and challenges of their lives as women scientists.

Hat tip to the PostDoc Forum for pointing out this video.

Should I become an Industrial Biotechnologist?

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-27-2010

Are you thinking about becoming an industrial biotechnologist? You’ve got a ton of education under your belt (MSc, PhD, post-docs) and you may have had your mind set on an academic appointment…but thoughts of industry keep popping into your head. There aren’t any Nobel prizes for industrial biotechnologists. But what about money? Can’t money make up for the comforts of academia?

My twitter friend @jadedbybiotech claims to be a “veteran biotech worker in need of therapy but instead writes about the insanity of working in biotech.” She has recently written a great blog post on Lab Spaces about her experience in industry compared to academia. In her post she covers time management (you’ll be more heavily monitored in industry), working hours, managers and supervisors, publishing, and the question that’s on everyone’s mind…is industrial biotechnology real science.

The post is well written, entertaining and most importantly quite accurate! If you are thinking of “making the jump” from academia into industry, you should definitely read her post. If you already work in industry, read what she’s written and let us know how your experience compares to hers.