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Who We Are and What We Do

Next Wave is a career development magazine, updated weekly on the Web, that has been published since 1995 by the research journal Science . The aim of our international staff is to provide you, the early-career scientist (see sidebar on the left), with the tools, insight, and advice you need to discover the vast range of careers open to you, decide which path you want to pursue, and follow it. We look at research and nonresearch careers, on and off the bench, in academia, industry, and elsewhere. We cover issues of scientific training and career development. Our role models provide firsthand insight into their daily lives, the skills they've had to develop, and how they landed their jobs. Our expert columnists offer advice on finding a job and finishing your Ph.D. And our writers and editors bring you the latest news on factors affecting the science job market.

What IS an 'Early-Career Scientist'?

We're delighted for anyone who finds Next Wave's content interesting to use it! But the people we're writing for primarily are postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and people in their first permanent academic posts (junior faculty). Many final-year undergraduates read Next Wave, too--proving that it's never too early to start thinking about your career!

How to Find Our Content

Our most recent content is highlighted on the various geographic and special-focus portals listed on our global home page. Our country home pages for the U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, and Netherlands bring you weekly news and views from scientists in your region. Our special-focus portals are updated at least twice each month. The Career Development Center offers special advice and encouragement for postdocs and junior faculty interested in pursuing an academic career, covering such vital topics as lab management, grant writing, and teaching. The Postdoc Network connects postdoc associations at different institutions and gives postdocs and administrators the opportunity to learn from each other how to foster postdoc career development.

Next Wave's Europe Portal provides a handy jumping-off point for stories from Next Wave's European country pages, as well as resources for early-career scientists in Europe. The Minority Scientists Network is a collaborative effort with the AAAS directorate for Education and Human Resources, and addresses science careers for people of color.

You can browse recent and archived content from any of the portals listed on our global home page. The buttons on the left-hand side of each portal and article page link to our extensive library of content, which is sorted into several categories:

  • Job Market News. What does today's job market offer scientists interested in making their next move? Next Wave investigates employment trends, how to make yourself eligible for today's positions, and national and international opportunities.

  • Career Transitions. In this section Next Wave describes the career moves that researchers have successfully made--the paths they've taken and the opportunities they've uncovered. From leaving the bench to get your MBA to applying your research skills to work with the police as a forensic scientist, Next Wave has the information you need, much of it in multi-article features!

  • Career and Job Hunting Advice. Whether you want to stay in academic research, go into industry, or leave the bench far behind, you've got to find a job. How do you go about getting it? You'll find the practical advice you need here.

  • Diversity and Work Life. Carving out a career is tough work for anyone, but juggling work with your family responsibilities can be even more challenging! Women and minority scientists face special issues. Read here about balancing family and career goals, and solutions for underrepresented groups in science.

  • Postdoc and Faculty Issues. Do you want to pursue an academic career? We answer your questions and review the current landscape.

  • For Grad Students. Getting to the end of your Ph.D. can be a tough slog, but Next Wave can help. In this section, you'll find advice on dealing with supervisors, progress reports, and writing up your thesis, among much else.

  • Science Policy. The politics and policies of scientific research define how science is performed and how it affects the job market for scientists. Keep up with the latest news.

In addition, if you have specific career-related questions in mind, you can SEARCH our archive. We've got 6 years worth of content, so it should be easy to find the answers you're looking for on Next Wave.

Next Wave's Careers in Science Web log brings you breaking news and observations related to science careers, and is updated throughout the week.

JobsNet connects you to the best recruitment sites for scientists. Regularly updated, it's a valuable resource for any job seeker.

Our sister site GrantsNet provides monthly grants news and a searchable database for funding opportunities in the biomedical sciences in the U.S. Its resources page (which requires a simple registration procedure to reach) provides links to sources of funding all over the world.

Finally our CommunityNet gives you the chance to discuss your career development worries with fellow scientists all over the world. CommunityNet provides a head start in developing your personal network of scientific colleagues.

More Than 'Just' a Web Site

In addition to all the content we bring you, Next Wave staff in each participating country work hard to bring Next Wave and the advice it contains to you. Through our Campus Representative programs we continue to build a network of local contacts. You can find out whether your campus in Canada or the U.S. already has a rep, but we're always happy to welcome new faces, so if you're interested in becoming a Campus Rep, find out how! If you would like to help us promote Next Wave at your institution in the UK or Germany, please contact us. We run outreach programs and workshops in Europe and the USA/Canada ... Check the calendars to see if a Next Wave event will be in your area any time soon!

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