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An introvert’s guide to networking

Looking for ways to help others can ease the awkwardness of asking for help when job hunting.


When it’s time to find a job back home

Balancing career aspirations with family obligations.


How to break down cultural and language barriers in the lab

Celebrating cultural traditions together can be one way to bridge the divide


Dirty jobs in the lab

Cleaning up after others in the lab doesn’t have to be a thankless task


The challenges of moving between academia and industry

Chemjobber on the challenges of moving from industry to academia—and vice versa


Dealing with a difficult boss

Chemjobber on when good scientists don't make good managers


Trading sleep for results

Fighting the temptation to work long hours in the lab

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