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Books/Articles on Career Development

Survival Skills for Scientists : ISBN 1-86094-641-0
A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science: ISBN 9780465022229
Federico Rosei’s articles on “Surviving After Graduate School” (see Manuscripts #78, 83, 100 and references below)
Journal of Materials Education Vol. 31 (1-2): 65 – 80 (2009)
Journal of Materials Education Vol. 31 (5-6): 293 – 310 (2009)
Journal of Materials Education Vol. 32 (3-4): 163 – 178 (2010)
Journal of Materials Education Vol. 33 (3-4): 161 – 178 (2011)
Journal of Materials Education Vol. 34 (5-6): 197 – 206 (2012)
Journal of Materials Education Vol. 35 (5 -6): 127 – 134 (2013)
The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited
National Postdoctoral Association


Career Services

WSU Career Services
U of I Career Services


Resume Tips

Resume Writing Tips and Examples from California State University, Fullerton
Career Resources at
Resume & Cover Letter Tips from the Writing Center at UW-Madison


Industry Job Search Websites/Resources

Professional Society Websites (i.e. ACS, AIChE, MRS, APS, IEEE, etc.)
Engineering Your Job Search: A Job-Finding Resource for Engineering Professionals ISBN: 0-912045-81-7


Curriculum Vitae Tips

Basics of a Science CV
CV Tips & Examples from University of Washington


National Laboratory Job Search Websites

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Other National Laboratories


Faculty Job Resources

How to Get a Faculty Job
Faculty Application Hints from WSU Workshop
Sample Faculty Interview Questions
American Chemical Society – Academic Employment Initiative (AEI)
American Chemical Society – Postdoc to Faculty Workshop
Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop
How to Get a Teaching Job at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution
How to Get a Teaching Job at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution: Additional Tips
What Makes a Competitive Faculty Application
Maximize Your Chances of Landing a Faculty Job
Sample Faculty Job Application Materials from Phillip Guo
The Academic Job Search Handbook
From PhD to Professor: Advice for Landing Your First Academic Position


Websites to Find Faculty Jobs

ACS Careers (or other professional society) (best for PUI’s)
Academic Keys
Academic Jobs Online
Academic Careers Online
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Science Careers
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
University Affairs (Canada)
• Human Resources Webpages of Schools you are interested in (Internet Search for: “University of XX Human Resources”)


Finding Alternate Careers

USA Jobs
Alternate Careers Articles found in Science Careers
Career Options for Ph.D.s in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Disciplines
Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science – ISBN: 1-56032-670-0
Alternative Careers in Science – ISBN: 0-12-589375-2
Nontraditional Careers for Chemists-ISBN-978-0195183672


Science Writing Resources

American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Association of Science Writers
The Best American Series
A Field Guide for Science Writers: ISBN- 978-0195174991
The Science Writers’ Handbook: ISBN- 978-0738216560
Science Writers’ Handbook Blog
WSU News


Finding a Mentor

13 Tips on Finding a Mentor
Seven Tips for Finding a Great Mentor
5 Simple But Strategic Steps for Finding a Good Mentor
How to Find a Mentor



7 Tips for Networking
How to Network: 12 Tips for Shy People
7 Networking Tips for Introverts, Extroverts, and the Socially Awkward
18 Easy Conversation Starters for Networking Events
8 Networking Tips for PhDs to Advance Their Careers
Insider Networking Tips and Tricks for Scientists Webinar
Networking for Scientists Part I: How I Learned to Talk to Strangers
Networking for Scientists Part II: How to Get a Job (Hopefully)
Networking for Scientists Part III: Tips and Tricks for Online Social Networks
Networking for Young Scientists – How to Do It and Why You Should
How to Network Effectively