What makes a good scientist; Leaving academia; ERC funding and much more from Naturejobs this month.
On the last Friday of every month we share the top picks, as chosen by you. Feast your eyes:
1. What is the biggest missing piece in how we educate scientists? Responses, from a range of thought leaders, ranged from the practical to the philosophical in STEM education: to build a scientist on Nature Careers.
2. Insider Knowledge, by Chris Woolston, offers insights into what others might have already learned in a career that you have chosen to follow. His advice: take the time to seek out what inside information you can get to help decide whether or not this career is the right fit for you.
3. Based on a workshop from the Boston Naturejobs Career Expo, Anthea Lacchia shares some insights in Writing for international journals: Tips and techniques, from Nature Publishing Group editors on what it takes to write a great paper, and be in with a better chance of getting it accepted.
4. When think about leaving academia, it’s worth considering what transferable skills you have that would make you suitable for a particular career. In Leaving academia: Do’s and Don’ts, Elizabeth Silva shares tips on how to recognise and develop those skills before taking the leap into the job hunting world.
5. In Transferable skills: Seek development opportunities, Elizabeth Silva stresses the importance of teamwork and communication as skills that all scientists should take the chance to develop whilst in academia.
6. Based on the Careers in Academia panel at the Naturejobs Career Expo in Boston, Anthea Lacchia writes Making it in academia: Before and after you apply, sharing insights from a panel of academics on how to land that first academic job.
7. In Metrics with meaning: Shaping your scholarly identity, Catherine Chimes explains how tracking scientific output can be beneficial to a researcher’s career.
8. Match that PhD is aimed at lab leaders (and those thinking about becoming one) on how to chose the right PhD and postdoc researchers for your lab.
9. Teamwork is about trust. If there’s no trust, there is no team. In Recipe for a team, Virginia Gewin speaks to scientists from all sorts of disciplines to find some tips and tricks to make your teams more cohesive and productive.
10. ERC funding: Maximise your chances was the June Naturejobs podcast. This podcast offers a behind-the-scenes peek at what happens to a Starting and Consolidator ERC grant once a researcher hits submit!
Also, please don’t forget we’re running the Naturejobs Career Expo journalism competition at the moment – you’ve got until August 7th to get your entries in to be with a chance of working with NPG editors and getting your work published on the Naturejobs blog!
We’ve had an amazing number of guests contributions this month, without which this blog wouldn’t survive. So a big thank you to the July contributors on the Naturejobs blog: Monya Baker, Diana Cai, Ada Yee, Melissa Greven, Emily Porter, Anthea Lacchia, Catherine Chimes, Gina Maffey and Elizabeth Silva!
If you’ve got any ideas for a post that you think would be suitable for the Naturejobs blog, then get in touch! I really want to hear about your experiences in science so send me an email at julie dot gould at nature dot com. It might take me some time to get back to you, but I definitely will!
Happy Friday everyone!