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Biomedical Sciences | Academic Scientists at Work (Reviews)

Academic Scientists at Work

Boss, Jeremy, Eckert, Susan

2nd ed. 2006, XVII, 289p. With CD-ROM.

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Praise for the First Edition:

"Overall the advice in the book is excellent and adequately covers the three major areas of running the lab: people, money, and science. It is difficult to find glaring omissions on any of the topics  that are covered. The book starts with a discussion of how to obtain a job. Sources to fiind job openings are outlined, and there are instructions on writing the key documents: a CV, a research proposal, and a cover letter. Many questions that postdoctoral fellows have when they enter the job market are answered in this chapter."

- Cell

"Assuming that the more you know about a task the better you are likely to perform it then this book should be studied in depth by every aspiring academic scientist. However, they would also benefit just from browsing through this book. It is packed with useful tips on how to solve problems that few rookie academic scientists will have imagined but most will encounter. Its humorous style makes the book easy to read but its lessons can prevent serious problems. On a first causal reading the rookie scientist will find this book amusing and informative. However, the book will become even more valuable as they reread it again in subsequent years when they encounter the inevitable hurdles that arise to block their path to success."

- Charles P. Moran, Jr., Professor of Microbiology at Emory University

"Drs. Boss and Eckert write an exceptionally useful book for all who consider and enter academic scientific careers. I wish I had this book when I began; it contains all the secrets for success. The book is well written and a highly enjoyable read being both funny yet serious. As a chairman, I am going to get this book for all my junior faculty."

- Stephen T. Warren, PhD, FACMG, William Patterson Timmie Professor of Human Genetics, Chairman of the Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine

Advance Praise for the 2nd Edition:

"As a young faculty member, I have found much of the advice to be well conceived, insightful, and effective. I anticipate that I will continue to consult this work as I my career advances and I encounter new challenges and overcome new obstacles. "

- Ingrid K. Ruf. Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine

"Altogether this remains an essential resource for postdocs and junior faculty as well as for those senior level faculty and administrators who are charged with responsibility to provide career and professional skills guidance to the next generation of academic scientists."

- Susan Rich, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Life Sciences, The Graduate School, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"As the authors point out, academic career development is too often left undiscussed between mentor and mentee, sometimes with dire consequences. This book is both a rescue plan for such individuals, and a superb career development manual for the rest of us."

- Dr. Martin E. Feder, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, The University of Chicago



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