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    Project management requires a subtle set of skills that many researchers find hard to master. Kelly Rae Chi provides a guide.

    • Kelly Rae Chi
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    Choosing a postdoc doesn't just mean finding the right research programme. Jeffrey Perkel looks at the other factors to consider.

    • Jeffrey Perkel
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    Despite increased efforts by universities, more and more scientists have to deal with the two-body problem, reports Karen Kaplan.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    There is no universally accepted method for when and how to broach the two-body problem with recruiters. Karen Kaplan details the options.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    Comparative-effectiveness research answers questions that could transform medical policy and practice. Tamar Nordenberg examines the opportunities for researchers to find both funding and fulfilment.

    • Tamar Nordenberg
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    Marine biologists are developing an appreciation for conservation, a change that is creating new jobs. Emma Marris reports.

    • Emma Marris
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    Few scientists realize that the enormous budget of the US Department of Defense includes sizeable funds for basic research. Eric Hand provides a guide for the uninitiated.

    • Eric Hand
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    With jobs at pharmaceutical companies evaporating, working for a contract research organization is an attractive option for some. Heidi Ledford details the growing market.

    • Heidi Ledford
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    Working with nature's nastiest microbes offers a chance to help ensure public safety. Karen Kaplan details the profession's risks and rewards.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    Rapid technological developments have spurred big changes in the requisite genome-sequencing jobs. Kelly Rae Chi assesses the sequencing assembly line.

    • Kelly Rae Chi
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    When inspiration strikes or desperation sets in, a bold few risk career suicide and move to new fields. Bryn Nelson reports on what it takes.

    • Bryn Nelson
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    Applying systems biology to cancer research has become a growth area for computationally minded scientists. Kelly Rae Chi tallies the possibilities.

    • Kelly Rae Chi
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    Bangalore and the south may be India's main information-technology centre, but the country's science hub arguably lies within the state of Maharashtra, home to the cities of Mumbai and Pune.

    • K. S. Jayaraman
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    Researchers seeking the latest biotechnology expertise have several options. Paul Smaglik reports.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    It takes a special combination of thick skin and scientific enthusiasm to be a journal editor. Kendall Powell gets tips from a chosen few.

    • Kendall Powell
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    According to some metrics, Indiana's life-sciences sector is among the nation's top performers. But there are financial and other challenges. Karen Kaplan maps out the possibilities.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    For those who don't mind researching the tints, smells, sheens and softeners that contribute to everyday cosmetic products, the industry can offer a rewarding career path. Alaina Levine reports.

    • Alaina Levine
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    Concerns about food shortages, land use, climate change and biodiversity have created a huge need for interdisciplinary researchers focused on agriculture. Virginia Gewin investigates the opportunities.

    • Virginia Gewin
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    Instructing teenagers about science requires patience and a flair for presentation. Quirin Schiermeier reports on the prospects for scientists-turned-teachers in three countries.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    More start-ups may be sticking around in New York City, as the city looks to a new science park, prizes and tax breaks to help kick-start a life-sciences cluster. Anne Harding reports.

    • Anne Harding
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    A postdoctoral application should present a person's best scientific self on paper. Kendall Powell demystifies why some applicants shine and others miss the mark.

    • Kendall Powell
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    The drug and biotech industries are not always easy to break into. Developing a diverse skill set could be the key to success, Karen Kaplan reports.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    Pittsburgh's universities are helping the city to emerge from its Rust Belt roots and forge a knowledge economy. Paul Smaglik reports.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    The growing field of synthetic biology is attracting hard-core scientists and amateurs alike. Bryn Nelson reports.

    • Bryn Nelson
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    Scientists looking to capitalize on their latest discovery might consider starting a company. But that's more complex than it may seem, as Karen Kaplan reports.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    The emerging field of quantum information science is harnessing nature's strangest habits — and providing an academic haven for young physicists. Eric Hand reports.

    • Eric Hand
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    Graduate students who head abroad to study face any number of challenges if they hope to prosper. Virginia Gewin provides a study guide.

    • Virginia Gewin
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    Young Eastern European scientists are returning to their home countries to set up labs — with mixed success. Claire Ainsworth tracks their progress.

    • Claire Ainsworth
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    Biotechnology and drug companies are piquing graduate student interest with goal-oriented postdoctoral fellowships that maintain academic ties. Karen Kaplan surveys the offerings.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    Some think Osaka can once again be a centre for the biosciences industry. David Cyranoski calculates the odds.

    • David Cyranoski
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    Visa problems continue to frustrate scientists seeking entry to the United States. Karen Kaplan investigates the roadblocks.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    Nanomedicine has started to gather momentum in recent years, and cutting-edge jobs abound for those with the right training. Virginia Gewin takes a closer look.

    • Virginia Gewin
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    Indian outsourcing has been hit badly by the global downturn, but signs of growth remain. K. S. Jayaraman investigates.

    • K. S. Jayaraman
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    Despite the economic downturn, US universities are seeking faculty members with stem-cell expertise. That doesn't mean times are easy. Monya Baker investigates.

    • Monya Baker
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    Houston's Texas Medical Center is a biomedical behemoth. But it's not immune to the souring economy, as Gene Russo finds out.

    • Gene Russo
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    The solar-energy industry is poised for a strong comeback from the rough patch it has hit, thanks to solid governmental and private investment. Kurt Kleiner investigates.

    • Kurt Kleiner
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    Workforce shortages could slow the growth of an industry poised for a comeback. Quirin Schiermeier reports.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    Despite the economic downturn, wind energy should be fertile ground for jobseeking engineers and scientists, reports Amanda Leigh Mascarelli.

    • Amanda Leigh Mascarelli
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    Researchers who study environmental influences on cancer tend to receive a fraction of the funds available to those researching cancer cures. But career opportunities exist — and may even be expanding. Heidi Ledford reports.

    • Heidi Ledford
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    Staff shortages in the US fossil-fuel industry are good news for geologists, chemists and physicists. The boom is likely to continue despite the economic downturn and the rise of renewable energy, says Emma Marris.

    • Emma Marris
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    Industry's urge to build on breakthroughs in neurotechnology could be a boon for business-minded scientists, says Virginia Gewin.

    • Virginia Gewin
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    Scientists who enter the world of political advocacy stand to gain perspective but could face a culture shock. Gene Russo reports.

    • Gene Russo
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    Just a decade has changed cancer research beyond recognition, but adaptable skills and teamwork lead to exciting possibilities. Ricki Lewis looks at the new face of cancer genetics.

    • Ricki Lewis
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    Rumours of the demise of chemistry are misplaced — the 'science of everything' prevails, if sometimes under new guises. Ricki Lewis reports.

    • Ricki Lewis
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    It's a tough brief to fill, but geneticists with mathematical and computing skills find jobs easy to get. Virginia Gewin reports.

    • Virginia Gewin
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    Research into angiogenesis has survived the 1990s hype about an imminent cure for cancer, and shows promising results in many areas — but don't tell the newspapers, says Ricki Lewis.

    • Ricki Lewis
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    New tools and technologies are allowing cell biologists to take a more holistic view. To make the most of this, they are teaming up with scientists from other fields. Corie Lok reports.

    • Corie Lok
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    Fearing that it will be the target of future bioterrorist attacks, the United States has been ploughing huge amounts of money into biodefence. The result is a reinvigorated market for microbiologists. Corie Lok reports.

    • Corie Lok
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    Whatever title is afforded today's practitioners of molecular genetics, one thing is certain — success hinges on having a wide set of skills. Ricki Lewis reports.

    • Ricki Lewis