Succeeding in Graduate School
Chronicle of Higher Education , September 2007. "[F]or many of today's graduate students,
the future could not look much bleaker. They see long periods of training, a shortage of
academic jobs, and intense competition for research grants looming ahead of them. 'They get a
sense that this is a really frustrating career path,' says Thomas R. Insel, director of the
National Institute of Mental Health. So although the operating assumption among many
academic leaders is that the nation needs more scientists, some of brightest students in the
country are demoralized and bypassing scientific careers."
by Marie desJardins. "This paper attempts to raise some issues that are important for graduate students to be successful and to get as much out of the process as possible, and for advisors who wish to help their students be successful. The intent is not to provide prescriptive advice -- no formulas for finishing a thesis or twelve-step programs for becoming a better advisor are given -- but to raise awareness on both sides of the advisor-student relationship as to what the expectations are and should be for this relationship, what a graduate student should expect to accomplish, common problems, and where to go if the advisor is not forthcoming."
"Salary negotiation is something at which hiring managers are usually a lot more proficient
than the people they hire. In the interest of leveling the playing field, here is a method for
salary negotiation that has worked for me and many others."
by Margaret L. Newhouse. "Many first-time academic job candidates assume that, once they receive a job offer, their arduous search is over. In fact, no matter how delighted you are with an offer, it is wise to view it as part of the last stage of the process -- the negotiation stage -- even if you ultimately decide not to negotiate anything. This pamphlet offers some general principles and advice on negotiating academic job offers, particularly initial ones."
ScienceCareers.org "Whether you're a fresh Ph.D. searching for a lab in which to do a postdoc,
or you're trying to land a junior faculty position and create your own lab, negotiations are
crucial in developing your scientific career. Reaching satisfying compromises with the
head of a lab or the department chair requires first-rate communication and social skills.
Professional bargaining, for example, could win you promises of more start-up funds,
additional space, or extra equipment. At the postdoctoral level, good negotiating may mean
you wind up taking away part (or all!) of your project when it's time to leave. But negotiating
doesn't start and end at interviews: Interacting with an employer, department chair, or lab
director takes place throughout your research career."