For more than a decade, Science has had two separate Web sites related to scientific careers. Employers aiming to recruit scientists--and scientists aiming to find employers--turned to ScienceCareers.org, which has offered an extensive menu of scientific job opportunities. But if you wanted state-of-the-art advice about science careers in all their richness and complexity, you turned to Science's Next Wave. After years of planning, we've merged them.
Henceforth, in a single online location (www.sciencecareers.org, though the site will continue to be accessible at www.nextwave.org and nextwave.sciencemag.org), scientists and employers of scientists will find an unmatched collection of career-management tools, articles, news, and job offerings. Think of it as a global online magazine of scientific careers, with all the editorial and business features you would expect in a traditional magazine—and more.
Our combined site includes all the Science's Next Wave resources you've come to rely on, whether you aspire to--or have already started--a career in academia, industry, government, or somewhere else. It doesn't matter where in the world you are from or aim to work. And it doesn't matter whether you're a life scientist, a clinical scientist, a physical scientist, or a computer scientist: We'll continue to meet your scientific career needs, with an archive of nearly 4000 articles on scientific careers and new content every week.
If you need to know about job hunting, networking, interviewing, managing a laboratory, or any of hundreds of other topics, you'll be able to find what you're looking for thanks to improved site design and a new, improved search function. And because Science's Next Wave is now run out of the Science news office, the quality and reliability of the information we provide will continue to be unparalleled. Best of all, it will be free, no matter where you are: We've dropped the subscription model that limited access to scientists and institutions that could afford to pay our subscription fee. Not to worry: Science's Next Wave is still around and better than ever. We've just relocated.
Looking for a job? Post your C.V. or resume online, then click on the link to the ScienceCareers.org job-search engine and search by discipline, geographic area, key word, or any of several other criteria. And in the coming months, these already rich and diverse job offerings will only grow richer and more diverse. Want to automate the process? Sign up for Job Alerts and get an e-mail whenever a job is posted that matches the criteria that you set. Find a job you're interested in? Save a stamp and apply online.
Looking to hire a scientist? With tens of thousands of dedicated Next Wave readers added to the already high traffic on ScienceCareers.org, our newly merged site offers a huge pool of potential applicants. Click on our page for advertisers for details of the new advertising opportunities our colleagues in the business office have developed.
Because academic scientists need money to do their research (and science trainees need fellowships to pay for their training), GrantsNet--the free AAAS funding database--will be just a mouse-click away as well.
Networking is of great importance for any scientist--especially those just getting started--and the best place to network is a scientific conference. And the best way to find a conference in your field is through our Meeting and Events Calendar, which, like all these other resources, is easily accessible from our home page. This calendar will also include special ScienceCareers.org and Science's Next Wave events, such as our career fairs and job-skills workshops.
When we launched our two careers sites in the mid-1990s, we were struck by the fact that although people with scientific training can do anything, given the opportunity, young scientists seem to have a hard time finding rewarding employment. Why is it that, even as our governments tell us that we need to train more and more scientists, the ones we already have can't seem to find good jobs? The questions haven’t changed, nor have our objectives. By combining Science’s Next Wave and ScienceCareers.org, we hope to do a better job of bringing scientists and employers together and providing scientists the information they need to make career choices.
About a year ago, I interviewed Merrilea Mayo, director of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, an organization run by the National Academies of Science. Mayo said, "You're wondering how we can have too many scientists and also too few?" I was, in fact, wondering exactly that. And part of the answer, I think, is to help young scientists expand their conceptions of the kinds of careers they ought to consider and to help employers find well-trained scientists who, as we all know, can accomplish pretty much anything they set their minds to. The new ScienceCareers.org is our best effort to address this problem and to do our part to improve the efficiency of the scientific job market. It is your scientific career, in a nutshell.
Jim Austin is the editor of Next Wave, the editorial voice of ScienceCareers.org.