Career Q&As


A collection of interviews with interesting scientists, focusing on their careers.

Tiziana Rossetto, an epicenter of tsunami research by Elisabeth Pain 07 Jaunary 2015

The National Academies revisit the postdoc experience by Jim Austin 11 December 2014

by 18 November 2014

Reflections of a woman pioneer by Vijaysree Venkatraman 11 November 2014

Playing a new tune by Jim Austin 20 August 2014

A Young Tag Team Detects a Major Pipeline Leak by Jim Austin 08 July 2014

Life After a Ph.D. by Elisabeth Pain 01 July 2014

Brewing Up a Career By Trisha Gura 23 June 2014

Studying Human-Computer Interaction at Microsoft Research by John Bohannon 16 June 2014

Tim Hunt by Elisabeth Pain 12 June 2014

by John Bohannon 02 June 2014

Amy Robinson, Creative Director by John Bohannon 05 May 2014 As creative director in an MIT lab and a Nature-paper co-author without a degree, Amy Robinson embodies the changes occurring in science right now.

Paul Brookes: Surviving as an Outed Whistleblower by Elisabeth Pain 10 March 2014 The controversial former blog author discusses the experience and career impact of having his cover blown.

A Computational Security Blanket by Jim Austin 07 February 2014 Computer security and privacy researcher Lorrie Faith Cranor won an Honorable Mention in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

Promoting Gender Equality at the European Research Council by Tania Rabesandratana 18 December 2013 Isabelle Vernos, chairwoman of the European Research Council Scientific Council’s Working Group on Gender Balance, talks about the funding agency’s efforts to help female scientists reach the top.

Varvara Trachana: Surviving the Science Crisis in Greece by Elisabeth Pain 12 November 2013 Like some 750 other Greek scientists, Varvara Trachana has a faculty position—but no salary and no money to start up her lab.

Luca Cardelli: Bridging Industry and Academia by Elisabeth Pain 07 November 2013 A Microsoft Research scientist explains how his career came to bridge computer science and biology and, now, industry and academia.

Karolinska Institutet Marches at the Pride Parade by Elisabeth Pain 05 August 2013 In August 2013, Karolinska Institutet students marched in the annual Stockholm Pride Parade—with the institute’s blessing.

Stephanie McGuire by Michael Price 24 June 2013 Classical music and science have a lot in common, says the opera singer with a Ph.D. in psychoacoustics. She wants to help people from all backgrounds appreciate both.

Defining the Global State of Young Scientists by Elisabeth Pain 12 June 2013 The Global Young Academy wants to offer a snapshot of the working conditions of young scientists across developed and developing countries.

Lotfi A. Zadeh by Elisabeth Pain 31 May 2013 A professor emeritus advises young scientists to deemphasize controversial aspects of their work—or to avoid controversy until they are established.

Michael Yaffe by Trisha Gura 10 May 2013 The systems biologist and trauma surgeon talks about treating patients after the Boston Marathon bombings and about his career.

Indre Viskontas by Michael Price 06 May 2013 This cognitive scientist/opera singer learned to love science and music separately before figuring out how to bring them together.

Hal Salzman by Michael Price 29 April 2013 Why do industry leaders and policymakers continue to argue that there is a domestic shortage of STEM talent despite numerous reports to the contrary?

Thomas Schäfer: Launching the Young Academy of Europe by Elisabeth Pain 24 April 2013 A group of ERC Starting Grantees has created a new platform where top young researchers can raise their voices and influence science policy.

“We Are the World” by Jim Austin 27 March 2013 Computer science veteran Ed Lazowska argues that his field is poised to dominate careers in the sciences.

Q&A: From Philosophy to The Big Bang by Elisabeth Pain 13 March 2013Science Careers talks to Eric Kaplan, co-executive producer of the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, about his work on the show.

Spotlight on Diversity by Michael Price 31 August 2012 Filmmaker and physicist Aziza Baccouche, who is blind, showcases the challenges and successes of diverse scientists in a new documentary series.

A Career on the Fence by Elisabeth Pain 27 July 2012 A graduate school dean and former Olympic athlete reflects on science, fencing, and how the two activities have benefited each other.

Career Q&A: Laurel Haak by Jim Austin 13 July 2012 The newly appointed executive director of ORCID discusses her career and her latest challenge.

Career Q&A: Lia Merminga by Marissa Fessenden 01 June 2012 As head of the accelerator division at TRIUMF, Lia Merminga is a rare woman in the upper echelons of physics.

Career Q&A: A Successful Career Without Credentials by Elisabeth Pain 11 May 2012 Paleontologist Jack Horner overcame dyslexia and the lack of a traditional education to become a world leader in his field.

Career Q&A: From Science to Fiction by Elisabeth Pain 20 April 2012 Spanish pharmacologist Amàlia Lafuente has written a novel about the personal and professional conflicts faced by early-career researchers.

Career Q&A: Myron Cohen by Beth Mole 23 March 2012 The infectious disease expert and recipient of Science’s 2011 Breakthrough of the Year award reflects on his career and some keys to success.

Q&A: Outsourcing Himself by Elisabeth Pain 24 February 2012 Chemist Andrew McElroy got the idea for his company the day he was told he would likely lose his job at Pfizer.

Taking Mathematics to Heart by Kate Travis 29 April 2011 Mathematician John Wesley Cain works with clinicians, physicists, and engineers in a field called cardiac electrophysiology.

Q&A: Philip Phillips: A Roundabout Approach to Superconductivity by Elisabeth Pain 08 April 2011 His unconventional training allowed theoretical condensed matter physicist Philip Phillips to tackle superconductivity using a novel and indirect approach.

Q&A: Finding and Exploiting Cancer’s Weaknesses by Kate Travis 25 March 2011 Clinician-investigator David Solit studies the genetic basis of cancer tumors and looks for novel therapies that target specific mutations.

Career Q&A: Reentering Academia – A Success Story by Elisabeth Pain 11 March 2011 University of Oxford chemist Carol Robinson returned to academia after an 8-year break and went on to win the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award.

Melanie Sanford: The Interview by Jim Austin 24 November 2006 A series of fortunate events led this University of Michigan chemist to contribute to work that won a Nobel Prize. But there’s nothing accidental about her subsequent success.

Rush Holt: The Interview by Sarah Webb 28 July 2006 Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), a physicist and one of a few scientists in the U.S. Congress, has served in the House of Representatives since 1999.

Q&A With Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation by Rita Colwell 03 September 1999

Proteomics: Q&A With Rowan Chapman by Nicole Ruediger 04 June 1999 We interviewed Rowan Chapman of Incyte Pharmaceuticals to find out about her field and her career.

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