Over the next week or so here on Of Schemes and Memes we’re introducing you to all the blogs on the new nature.com blogs site. We started off with the News blog, followed by the Spoonful of Medicine, the Sceptical Chymist and Stepwise. Now we hear from Rachel Bowden who runs the Naturejobs blog…
Nature Jobs – Talk science jobs and careers with the Naturejobs blog
Are long working hours inevitable for postdocs? How can PhD students improve their communication skills, and why should they? What’s the best way to move from science into business? Discuss these questions and more on the Naturejobs blog — now with a new user-friendly WordPress interface.
As well as insights from science careers experts and opinion leaders — including representatives from the US National Postdoc Association and the UK’s Vitae — you can also get advice and tips from your fellow readers and jobseekers. In our post on getting a pay rise in academia, for example, Oliver de Peyer extolls the role of unions in improving postdoc pay. And when it comes to the secrets of successful science communicators, Smitha Dutt highlights the importance of maintaining eye contact with your audience when giving a presentation.
The Naturejobs blog was launched at the start of 2011 to provide a platform for discussion and to highlight a selection of the latest news and developments related to science jobs and careers. The Naturejobs website, www.naturejobs.com, already collates a wide range of science careers news and features from sources such as Nature Careers and Nature News, so the blog helps complement this content and fill in any gaps in our coverage.
The blog is run by the Naturejobs web editor, Rachel Bowden. As with any blog, we’re looking for interaction with our readers — so please let us know what you think in the comments section. We’d also like to hear from anyone who would be interested in writing a guest post on a topic related to science jobs and careers — just email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. If there’s something you’d like to see covered, please let us know that as well.
You can also get in touch with us on Twitter — follow our main feed, @naturejobs, for bite-sized updates on science jobs and careers from Nature publications and external sources such as Times Higher Education — and Facebook (www.facebook.com/naturejobs).
We look forward to hearing from you — and good luck with your career development or job search.