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    Job Market Trends for Researchers in Europe

    A report released last week by the European Commission offers the latest snapshot of scientific training and employment in the EU-27 countries in comparison to global trends. Below are some of the key findings.  First, the 2008 Science, Technology, and Competitiveness key figures report found that the number of researchers has grown twice… Read More
  • Americas

    A Small World

    A recent post at the new Science Origins blog resonates strongly with Science Careers. The post is by Janet Iwasa, who became a scientific illustrator with support from NSF’s regrettably discontinued, much lamented Discovery Corps program, which also trained Geoffrey Bothun, who Science Careers profiled in 2004. The post also mentions Graham… Read More
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    Research Funds Head South In Canada

    Our colleagues at ScienceInsider report Wednesday that Canada’s prime minister Stephen Harper is taking a different tack from U.S. president Barack Obama in funding for science in that country’s economic recovery package. In Harper’s new budget, released Tuesday, funds for the three councils that support research in science, engin… Read More
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    Senate Passes Wage Discrimination Bill (Updated)

    Late last week the Senate passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which extends the length of time after a wage-discrimination offense that a suit can be filed. The vote was a filibuster-proof 61-36. The bill is named for Lilly Ledbetter, who worked for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Gadsden, Alabama. Read More
  • Opportunities in Times of (Financial) Crisis

    I’ve been thinking a good bit about the recent economic downturn. There is no doubt that it is, on balance, a very bad thing for job-seekers. But, I’ve asked myself, are there any bright spots? So far I haven’t thought of many, but here are a couple. First, if you don’t already own a home… Read More
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    Getting a Raise in a Recession, Really

    Earlier this week, Dana Mattioli offered some hints in the Wall Street Journal’s online careers section on getting a pay raise in these tough times. It’s more difficult, says Mattioli, but not impossble. Mattioli’s advice is written mainly for employees of private companies, but her words apply to faculty and staff at universities… Read More
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    Honor Your Mentor

    An email from MentorNet informed me this morning that today is Thank Your Mentor Day and that January is National Mentoring Month. MentorNet suggests that you take this opportunity to thank your mentor–perhaps by contributing $10, which will allow you to express your gratitude by posting your mentor’s name on their Mentor Honor Wall. Th… Read More
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    Guard Your Internet Footprint

    A real-life experiment has just shown how easy it is to compile the story of your life just by following the traces you’re leaving on the Internet. I first read about it in the French national Le Monde, but many French media outlets have now reported on the mésaventure of a young architect in France who not long… Read More
  • Americas

    Life After Big Pharma

    OK, my last C&E News related update for a while. Their 8 December issue includes their employment outlook–which, tellingly, focuses on alternatives to traditional employment–specifically, on contract-research jobs. (We covered contract research a year earlier, but with a focus on pharma and biotech.) In slightly related news, this i… Read More
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    More Careers Coverage from C&E News

    Continuing my attempt to catch up on Chemical and Engineering News… In the 15 December issue, lots of bad news. Leading off is news about massive layoffs at Dow, DuPont, and other companies. Just two pages later comes Hard Times for Academe, which describes the effects of severe budget cuts on chemistry departments resulting from… Read More