Bench & Cubicle

BY CHEMJOBBER

Chemjobber is an industrial chemist who blogs about the chemistry job market at chemjobber.blogspot.com.

What is a chemistry job?

If you’re looking for a right answer to this question, you’re not going to find it

 

 

Business cards, interviewing etiquette, and more

Chemistry blogger answers readers' questions in this edition of Bench & Cubicle

 

 

Will robots kill chemistry?

Chemjobber examines how computers and automation are likely to shift chemists’ jobs

 

Chemjobber on heretics in the lab

Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo

 

The ultimate lab partner

Chemjobber reflects on what being in a relationship while in graduate school taught him

 

Chemjobber on when and how to say no

The struggle is real, but the best way to respond is with sincerity

 

Predictions for the US chemistry job market in 2019

Even as signs of a slowdown start to creep in, now is still the best time to look for a new job

 

Jealous of your peers? How to stop comparing yourself to others

Chemjobber on how to turn your professional envy into a healthy dose of motivation

 

Is your adviser a micromanager? When to take your experiment undercover

Chemjobber weighs the pros and cons of doing your science in stealth

 

Catching up with old friends at conferences

The value of meeting face to face is something that social media just can’t replace

 

The unwritten rules of sharing in the laboratory

Chemjobber on when hoarding chemicals and lab equipment becomes a problem

 

Social media 101 for scientists

It’s never too late to start getting connected online

 

Chemjobber’s mailbag

Chemistry blogger answers reader questions on job hunting, changing grad schools, and more in this edition of Bench & Cubicle

 

What to do when an ill-fated project just won’t die

Chemjobber on slaying the zombie project

 

Chemjobber shares his secrets to overcoming a fear of public speaking

With practice, you can turn your greatest weakness into a strength

 

Chemjobber on when it’s time to leave a bad job

When you’ve lost your voice and loyalties have run dry, it’s time to quit

 

Chemjobber shares his tips on overcoming procrastination

We’re all guilty of putting things off. Here are some tips to overcome the inertia

 

How to know whether a second postdoc is right for you

Chemjobber reviews what chemists should consider when deciding whether to take an additional postdoc

 

Layoffs and the midcareer chemist

Chemistry blogger Derek Lowe shares his advice on the job search

 

It’s performance review time (groan)

If you can’t avoid the dreaded annual ritual, here’s how to get through it

 

Skype: The new phone interview

Chemjobber on the pros and cons of videoconferencing interviews and how to prepare for them.

 

What’s in your lab-coat pocket?

The things we carry around say a lot about what we do as chemists.

 

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

Submit topics for future Bench & Cubicle columns, as well as employment-related questions. Chemjobber will answer questions in his periodic “CJ’s mailbag” columns. Also, be sure to check C&EN Jobs for the latest job listings, employment articles, and videos on what chemists do.