Leaving Physics for Wall Street

December 21st, 2010

The first author of this year’s Science “Breakthrough of the Year” paper intends to leave Physics and go into finance. Read all about it in Breakthrough of the Year: Bridging the Quantum and the Classical Worlds.

The Future of Jobs in Chemistry

December 14th, 2010

An interesting blog roundtable about the future in jobs in chemistry is going on this week.  The first two articles have been posted, and there will be another every day this week.  Definitely food for thought…..

#1 We are the grist: “The Real Science Gap” and the present and future of industrial jobs in chemistry by ChemJobber

#2 –Too many PhDs? That’s anybody’s guess. – by Just Another Electron Pusher

Check them out, then follow the rest of the discussion by ChemBark on Wednesday, ScienceGeist on Thursday, and a recap on FridayChemJobber

New Career for Scientists: Being a Giant Panda

December 8th, 2010

I often say that an education in the sciences prepares you for a wide range of careers.  Here’s one even I never thought of  dressing as a giant panda to prepare panda cubs for life in the wild.

Hat tip to @orlando_acevedo for pointing this out.

It pays to advertise

December 4th, 2010

Interesting way to advertise yourself for a job from ScienceCareers.org.

Science Media Studentships

November 29th, 2010

These studentships offer financial support for two practising biomedical scientists to undertake a postgraduate qualification in Science Media Production at Imperial College London and to follow this with a six-month placement working in the broadcast industry.

Our research shows that the overwhelming majority of the public regard television as their most significant source of information about science. We believe that the broadcast media should represent and reflect all areas of science and culture, and therefore should be produced by people from a variety of different backgrounds.

We aim to increase the crossover between science and the media and to enable bright, articulate and motivated scientists to explore a career in the broadcast industry.

All the details are available online.

Top 50 Blogs About Careers in Science

November 24th, 2010

My blog is apparently one of the Top 50 blogs About Careers in Science.  Nothing like being a big fish in a small pond!  Check out the other 49 as well….

More News about Sustainability/Green Chemistry

November 11th, 2010

Sustainability and Green Chemistry are two of the emerging fields for careers for chemists.  As such, I try to keep an eye on what’s going on there.  Two articles, Love Affair with Sustainability and Greening Up Process Chemistry, were published in recent issues of Chemical and Engineering News.  If you have an interest, check them out.

Another Nontraditional Career

November 11th, 2010

Here’s another one for the “Yeah, I guess someone has to do that job” file.

It’s an opening for “PHD in chemistry, biological sciences or physics 5 yrs experience in specific currency design and counterfeit deterrance disciplines preferred”, where you would be “directing and leading technical activities related to the security of Federal Reserve notes, identifying technical requirements, collaborate with research and development experts at Bureau of Engraving and Printing and with engineers at the Reserve Banks’ Currency Technology Office in the development of new security features, sensors and effective designs for future banknote series.”

Hat tip to ChemJobber for alerting me to this post.

ACS Virtual Career Fair

November 2nd, 2010

The ACS Virtual Career fair is going on today and tomorrow – check it out.

In preparation for this, I wrote a blog article entitled “How to Really Prepare for a Virtual Career Fair“.  Might want to read that before you sign up.  :-)

How To Find A Job When You’ve Been Looking Forever

October 21st, 2010

Forbes.com just published an article on How To Find A Job When You’ve Been Looking Forever.  Nothing you didn’t already know, but it’s nice to hear it again from a different voice.

My personal favorite part of the article?  “If you can’t give a coherent, responsible answer to the question, ‘How can I help you,’ then you don’t have the right to ask for help” (Eileen Wolkstein, a New York career coach with more than 25 years’ experience).  Yes, networking is important, but it is crucial not to waste the other person’s time.