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Monday, October 19, 2009


2009-2010 NIH Salary Guidelines for Pre- and Postdoctoral Scholars

As shown above, NIH released the pay rates for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for fiscal year 2009-2010.

Monday, October 5, 2009


2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced this morning that the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Jack W. Szostak, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, and Carol Greider of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The three were honored for “for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.”

According to the Royal Swedish Academy, this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists for solving a major problem in biology: how chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation. The three scientists are being recognized for the discovery of the specialized process by which the ends of chromosomes are synthesized, and the discovery of the enzyme telomerase. Their work has revealed how organisms rely on the enzyme to protect their genome from degradation, and laid the groundwork for later studies linking telomerase to cancer and aging-related ailments in humans.

A very good summary of their work and contribution can be found at HHMI website. Click here for full text.

Jack W. Szostak's lab website.

Elizabeth Blackburn's lab website.

Carol Greider's lab website.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Job Searching for Scientists: Tools, Tips, and Essentials.

Science Careers Job Searching Webinar - now available on demand

· September 30, 2009
· 12 noon Eastern Time (9 a.m. Pacific, 4 p.m. GMT)

Looking for some advice about how to conduct your job search? Join us for a roundtable discussion that will look at academic and industry job searches for research scientists. We'll talk about using networking in the job search process, locating job openings, getting together your application materials, putting your best foot forward in an interview, and negotiating the best compensation package.

Given how important the outcome is and how rarely you have to do it, the job search process can be overwhelming. When should you start applying for jobs? What are the differences between academic and industry job searches? What's the difference between a resume and a CV? Who should be your references? What are employers looking for in an interview?

This webinar will look at the various parts of the job application process and focus on giving you nuts and bolts advice that you can apply to your own job search. After the event, you'll be better prepared to tackle today's challenging job market.

If you were not able to attend the live event or would like to watch the webinar again, you can now access a recorded version of the event on demand at any time by clicking the link below.

Click Here to View the Webinar

Free Booklet! Career Trends: The Informed Job Search.

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