Helpful Links

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Academic Careers Online 

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 

National Academies 

Southern Regional Education Board

National Institutes of Health

The American Physiological Society

Biocareercenter.com and Sciencecareers.org have hundreds of articles covering scientific training, career development, and the science job market. Many of the columns are written by career scientists.

PhDs.org provides a voice for early career scientists. Its topics range from graduate school survival to finding employment. Many of the articles are entertaining; some are cynical; most are informative.

The Career Journal is the Wall Street Journal's online career magazine for executives, managers, and professionals. There are thousands of great articles on everything from writing an effective resume to negotiating a raise. Though not specific for scientists, it is very valuable advice nonetheless.

Career guides
Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty: This book is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators.

Career Basics: Advice and Resources for Scientists: Seven chapters of career advice from sciencecareers.org

Career guides from American Society for Cell Biology
Career Advice for Life Scientists
Life Sciences Research and Teaching: Strategies for the Successful Job Hunt

Career guides from the American Chemical Society
(these guides have some chemistry-specific information, but most offer solid advice for all scientific disciplines. All are available at the ACS Career Center online)

  • Employment Guide for Foreign-Born Chemical Professionals
  • And Gladly Teach: A Resource for Chemists Considering Academic Careers
  • Job Search Strategies for Chemical Professionals
  • Interviewing Skills for Chemical Professionals

Numerous career links from Vanderbilt University

General career development sites and career guides

Choosing a mentor Advice for choosing a graduate or postdoctoral research advisor.

Managing Up Advice for working successfully with your research advisor.

Whom do you know? Like it or not, whom you know is often just as important as what you know when it comes to getting a postdoc or a job. Brush up on your networking skills with these articles.

"Work-life balance"

The write touch: CVs, resumes, cover letters, research statements, and teaching philosophies.

Industry Science Articles on securing a job and working in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry.

Government Jobs

"Nontraditional Careers in Science": You've decided to put the bench behind you and shoot for a "nontraditional career" in science. Great advice on everything from overcoming the "Ph.D. stereotype," to conducting job searches, to interviewing.

Career Exploration: Not sure what you want to do? Learn about career paths open to Ph.D. scientists and discover some self-assessment tools to help you in the process.

The Softer Side of Science: We'd like to think that our science sells itself. In reality, it's often our "soft skills" that make or break our job candidacy.

Payday: Tips for salary negotiation and salary resources for scientists.