Funding is essential to maintain and grow one’s career. Since few of us are independently wealthy, and since medical research is expensive, most of us pursue funding by asking outside entities for support. But what if I were to ask you to give me some money for work-related expenses? Chances ...
Well, this time, it’s about “information flow” and more about publications. Actually, good, readable, interesting, quickly published, frequently cited articles begin long before the writing. They start with “a good idea at the time,” which then becomes “your problem,” i.e., an ide...
I travel a lot for work. When I interviewed for my current job, I was informed that there would be a lot of travel. “How much?” I asked. “A couple times a month or so. It depends,” they said. I love travelling! Awesome! But what’s the reality...
How many times has someone asked you “what do you do all day?” or “what’s your day like?” or “tell me about your day?”. Most PhD students, postdocs, and academic faculty spend hours at the bench doing research, recording, and analyzing results that will either confirm or reject a ...
It was summer of 2005, the beginning of a PhD program at the University of IL-Chicago. I was grateful for my Student Mentor, Aaron Place, as he taught me the ropes. I was comfortable. Then classes started and I couldn’t stay awake. A dark auditorium and 8am classes?! Doubts began. Will I surviv...
As I mentioned before, my team has been looking to hire a couple technical writers. While the requirements for any specific role may vary, I find that it is a role that scientists can transition into fairly easily, because so much of what we do hinges on our ability to communicate clearly and c...
A career in the federal government can be rewarding and interesting. However, if you’re considering a career in the federal government, here are a few tips to keep in mind. They’re broad generalizations, but you’ll most likely run into at least one of them. Knowing these thin...
I knew before I graduated with my Ph.D. that I would not be pursuing a career in academia. When I received an AAAS fellowship and was placed in the Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I was thrilled…mainly because I got the AAAS fellowship, but ...
My name is Hamilton Lenox, and welcome to my first blog on Bio Careers. When I was first approached and asked to contribute to the site, I readily agreed, in the hopes that I could potentially offer some insights that will help others who are just starting their careers, or those looking for a...