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Postby ronie » Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:24 am

I`ll be finishing my PhD in Biotechnology within a few months but instead of proceeding to a postdoc position in the same field, I think my core competence is in the 2 areas:

1) science journalism (writing on popular science)
2) biological/social anthropology

Any suggestions for the best places to apply for a job or train in these areas?


Response to Ronie's Q about Science Journalism

Postby Bill L. & Naledi S. » Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:02 pm

Hi Ronie --
Most people in the field say that science journalists get their jobs because they know and love science (like you) and have gotten some (any!) kind of experience with the written communication of science (college newspaper, volunteer writing, contributing op-eds, etc). If you don't already have this experience, you should get some. There's a terrific AAAS Fellowship program for Science Mass Media Communication

With regard to potential employment sectors for people with training in social/medical/biological anthropology, it seems most opportunities are going to be within academic institutions, but you might want to also think about policy think tanks, government agencies, etc. Check out the articles on Science Nextwave in this area:

Best wishes --
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Ronie's Question about Science Journalism

Postby Dave Jensen » Sat Oct 02, 2004 8:04 am


See our frequent poster Jim Gardner's comments on this topic. He's a great resource if you can shoot him a line directly. In this forum, if you see a person's name underlined, its a live link to their email (without opening the door to spam).

Personlly, I had a similar background, though not the PhD. I loved science journalism, but fell into something else. I would urge you to hang in there and sorry that I cant help with the anthropology interest.

By the way, I get a TON of value out of my membership in the NASW (National Assoc of Science Writers). Lots of educational programs, networking, etc.

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Queries About Biotech

Postby khush » Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:12 am

Hello - I'm just starting my undergrad studies and I want to ask what sort of job one can get after doing biotech education: Is it like a general 9 to 5 office job full of paperwork or not?

queries abt biotech

Postby Bill L. & Naledi S. » Tue Oct 05, 2004 5:45 pm

We think some of the best general answers about the the kinds of jobs available in biotech can be found at
Click on "Job Descriptions 1" and "Job Descriptions 2".

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Resume-CV style for law firms?

Postby Iris Ben-Efraim » Thu Oct 07, 2004 4:16 pm

Hi there,
I've completed my post-doc at the Scripps research institute and would
like to have a career in patent law.
My backgound is in Cell biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics and I also
had a collaboration with industry which gave me some insight into it's
I wonder what kind of a resume I should send law firms that specialize in
patent law?
I would appreciate guidelines and any pertinent information.
Iris Ben-Efraim
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