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Finding a Postdoc Position by Jerry Breslin

When I was a graduate student, with about a year remaining until completion of my requirements, I asked my mentor when I should start applying for postdoc positions. The reply was, “Six months ago!” The point was: to maximize the quality of your postdoctoral training experience, it’s important to plan early, prior to completing your …

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Value of Postdoc Fellowships Vary Widely by Field by Richard Weibl

Information about the compensation of postdocs is annoyingly elusive. The reasons for this are widely known and commonly repeated. The vast array of postdoc funding sources, the lack of central institutional control of the employment status, and creative packaging of awards all contribute to the complexity of any effort to do comparative studies of postdoc …

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How to Pick a Graduate Advisor by Ben A. Barres

A guide for young scientists on how to select a graduate advisor or postdoctoral advisor. Good mentorship is not only pivotal for career success, but it is pivotal for driving innovation and for the health of our universities. Universities need to do much more to teach faculty how to mentor and to ensure mentoring quality. Barres proposes …

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