Consider a career at an independent research institution


Independent research institutes are diverse in mission and size. Many have substantial endowments and receive generous philanthropic support, which can be used to support early-career faculty members, develop preliminary data and purchase equipment.

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To support or to deny: mentoring or gatekeeping?


Beronda Montgomery posted on Twitter: “What’s a thing that you were ‘mentored’ not to do, but you pursued it & it’s worked out well?” She shares what she learned from the responses.

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Mentoring matters


The ASBMB organized a webinar for National Mentoring Month.

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How to manage an R&D project


After a long career in biotech engineering, Blaise Arena shares advice on building a strong and successful team.

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The tenured itch


Midcareer malaise can cause once-engaged scholars to redirect their obsessional natures in nonproductive ways. Audrey Lamb and Graham Moran suggest a range of remedies.

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Do graduate students need business cards?


Charlotte Cialek was embarrassed to be caught at her first biotech industry networking event without business cards. She now recognizes their importance.

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We’re going to need a bigger network


Networks hold considerable value and power, even in seemingly innocuous actions, Melissa Vaught writes, so we should pay close attention to who is in our networks and work to make them more inclusive.

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By the numbers: Career prospects in the life sciences


With employment numbers collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and data from two National Science Foundation surveys, we chart career prospects in the life sciences.

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Ph.D. outcomes — one university at a time


Six university graduate schools across the U.S. share information on where their student head after earning a doctorate in the biosciences.

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Looking back at the journey


Three trainees in the Laboratory of Neurogenetics in the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health talk about their education and career paths so far.

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How I got a job away from the bench when all I had were degrees in biochem


When Joanna Kotloski decided she didn’t want a career in the lab, she had to figure out how to prevent her biochemistry degrees from holding her back.

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