Advice for Scientists



How to Give an Effective Talk

We’ve all been there, sitting through yet another B-O-R-I-N-G seminar that you decided to attend because the title sounded so interesting, your boss told you to go or, let’s be honest, there was free food involved.

Lauren Celano


Top ten tips to identify the companies you want to work for

Numerous options exist to identify potential companies to work for, especially those companies that are innovative, but not (yet) well-known. Below is a top ten list of ways to uncover exciting and innovative companies relevant to your area(s) of interest. The advice provided below is applicable to ...



A Round About Way to Academia

My new life begins tomorrow. Except, tomorrow isn’t tomorrow; it is more fittingly next week, next month, next semester, or next year. Regardless of when it comes, though, what I believe happens tomorrow is always the same: “tomorrow I begin the career that fulfills me in every way.” 



Becoming An Expert In Things I Enjoy

As a graduate student, I worked really hard to do the things that graduate students are supposed to do. I went to the seminars. I read the journal club papers. I did well in my classes. And I will admit that I was often pretty jealous of other people who weren’t so regimented about those things, b...



Working as a Technology Licensing Intern

One of the important factors in my job hunt was that after my defense, my husband accepted a job in Seattle. Seattle is very far from Pittsburgh, where I graduated, but much closer to our friends and family. It was a great opportunity for his career, and of all the places we could end up, the Seattl...



MSL: Medical..Science…What?

If you browse job listings on the websites of pharmaceutical companies, it’ll soon become apparent that there are a slew of titles and abbreviations, which often differ between companies…it can get confusing!  Sometimes, at Company X an ‘Associate’ scientist has more experience than a ...

Lauren Celano


The Art of Follow-up

Following up with individuals who you meet at scientific conferences, networking, and other activities is important to develop relationships with your connections.  Over time, these relationships can provide insight into industry, various career paths, and job opportunities. These should be act...


Thomas Patrick

Using email the right way

Hello everyone!In this installment, I wanted to cover something fundamental to your job search, and that would be “effective email communication.”



Leaving the bench to advance public knowledge of current research

Given the current dismal job prospects in tenure-track science academia, it’s no wonder more science PhDs are exploring alternative career options. Although we were groomed to succeed our mentors in the academy, bench life isn’t for everyone. Some of us don’t have the passion for conducting th...


Sproul Hoverman

Plan Actively for Your Non-Academic Career

So you’ve obtained, or will a graduate degree in the life sciences, but you know for a certainty that traditional academia is not for you. Do you know what is? If you don’t then this blog is geared towards you.