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    ERC Starting Grants – Round 2, and Marie Curie deadlines fast approaching

    On Thursday, the European Research Council issued its second call for starting grants. As we’ve mentioned before, these are hefty (up to 2 million Euros for up to 5 years) grants for young scientists of any nationality with 3-8 years of post-Ph.D. experience who are working, or who will move to work, in Europe. This… Read More
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    A Communicative Mathematician

    In a plenary session this Sunday at the 2008 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) Marcus du Sautoy, a professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, delighted us with his career story… and the mathematics of symmetry. Marcus du Sautoy’s first career ambition was rather remote from the world of mathematics. As… Read More
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    Career vs. Family: An ESOF Smackdown

    In an ESOF session on alternative careers for scientists on Saturday, I heard something I haven’t heard expressed out loud in a while: Women do need to choose between a career and family. The provocative statement came from Susana Asensio Llamas from the Spanish National Research Council, and another panelist, Maria Aguirre of the Biobask… Read More
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    Concrete Career Perspectives in the European Union for Researchers

    With a title like that, it’s no surprise this Saturday session at the ESOF 2008 meeting was packed full of postdocs and Ph.D. students, even at the early hour of 8:30 a.m. (It is Barcelona, after all.) But once the question and answer period began, it became clear that the path into a research career… Read More
  • It’s National Zookeeper Week!

    This week, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is celebrating National Zookeeper Week, honoring "animal care professionals and the work they do in animal care, conservation, and education," according to a press release. AZA says there are about 6000 animal-care professionals at zoos and aquariums in the United States. Science Careers ha… Read More
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    Nuggets of Career Advice from a Nobel Prize Winner

    There are no recipes for success, but there are some basic principles to follow, Nobel Prize winner Aaron Ciechanover told a small group of young scientists during a "Tapas with the Professor" session here at the Euroscience Open Forum in Barcelona. Ciechanover, a researcher at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, receive… Read More
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    A Brand New Bag

    The European editors of Science Careers are at the Euroscience Open Forum 2008 (ESOF 2008) in Barcelona this weekend. Yesterday I went to a session on career alternatives, sponsored by Naturejobs. Just before it, session organizers were handing out black nylon bags with the Naturejobs logo on them. A postdoc from Spain who was sitting… Read More
  • Weapons Lab Layoffs

    C&E News, published by the American Chemical Society, is one trade publication that has excellent career-related coverage, not all of it limited to chemistry and chemical engineering. A story reported by Jeff Johnson and Jyllian Kemsley (subscription or ACS membership required, I think) documents the impact of budget cuts on the nation’s… Read More
  • Physics and Diversification Heresy

    Okay, ‘heresy’ is overstating things, but this post on the "Unqualified Offerings" blog makes an excellent point, which can be summed up thusly: Attempts to get new people into physics, whether women, members of racial/ethnic groups under-represented in the physical sciences, or just your average white guys, are undercut by th… Read More
  • It’s Raining Meteorologists!

    Possible titles for this post are manifold; how about "Professional Prognosticators Predict Poor Prospects for People Who Predict Downpours"? I’ll stop there. In the current issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, John Knox, of the Department of Engineering at the University of Georgia in Athens, analyzes the s… Read More