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The week that it was- 8th Jan to 14th Jan, 2017

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The weekend started with the CSG members voting for the kind of topics they would like to hear more about from us at Club SciWri. I believe the list of topics will grow as per the requirements of the group. But for this week we will focus on what and where are the different job opportunities that exist for PhD holders outside academia and how to apply for these jobs.

Choose what is to your taste as there are multiple options open for scientific writers at La Jolla, for science writers at PhiladelphiaGreater Boston and Massachusetts and a workshop on science communications at Harvard and Rockefeller Universities.

The science/scientific writing enthusiasts, learn how to make effective scientific illustrations to convey your messages clearly to a wide audience.

Early career scientist position at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, primarily for toxicologists.

P&G offers an unique setting to know its research and development settings and experience its innovation centre in Europe via its R&D European PhD Seminar. Gear up soon, for the deadlines are fast approaching for Belgium and Germany.

Choose the right locations to help you find the right opportunities in the USA.

If you are feeling you need to explore beyond academia and yet haven’t sorted how and where it should be, here is a guide to sort you.

Know yourself, explore your strengths and learn how to apply your skills in a non academic setting.

Keep yourself in shoes of the prospective employer and judge your application.

Attention, young PIs: Learn to strategize to ensure growth of your team members as you grow into a successful team leader.

Let CSG grow its wings to cover the brethren of PhD and postdocs. Let it reach newer cities, find newer members. For now, there is a possibility for the CSG members to meet altogether at Cambridge, Boston on 19th Jan.

A reminder to apply for the mentor mentee program by CSG by Jan 31st, 2017. Make most of our kind mentors to apply for your next dream job. After all, we at CSG are here to create, share and grow.

 

The week that it was – 1st to 7th Jan, 2017

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Welcome back post-holidays, guys. The last week CSG brought us discussions on science and spirituality in light of the 104th Indian Science Congress to understanding the recent trends in research and paths to tread beyond academia.

Let’s take a sneak peek into what have kept our members occupied the last week.

As the dilemma begins for the final year PhD students, check EMBO director, Maria Leptin’s suggestions to the students at IISER, Pune.

Instead of investing in newer medicines pharma companies are delving into repurposing existing drugs in the market.

As the latest trend in life sciences leans towards microbiome research, New Yorkers, do not miss an opportunity to listen Rob Knight at Mt. Sinai on the 9th Jan, 2017 at 10 am. Needless to say, time is apt to keep up with the industries invested in microbiome research.

A compilation of top job blogs of 2016, includes help for drafting cover letters, resumes and CVs to LinkedIn profiles.

Know about presenting your transferable skills on a resume for a job whose requirements do not directly align with your experience.

Read an interview with former Infosys CEO, Kris Gopalakrishnan and know his views on Indian start-up scenario and his support for growth of research based start-ups in India.

Is the Indian Science Congress (again!) missing the point of scientific research? Or is it plain politics? Or simply a part of Indian culture? The scientific community is surely seeing many stalwarts shunning the Indian Science Congress.

As we realize increasingly the need for science communication, more innovative ways to engage layman with science also are evolving, like the initiative Shoot for Science and to connect scientists with the journalists via Help a Reporter.

See you all soon!! And until then have a productive week ahead.

The week that it was -Dec 24 2016-Dec 31 2016

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As we start with the new year, ClubSciWri brings an added dimension. Under the scope of ‘The week that it was’ in ClubSciWri, each Sunday I will bring you a summary with the links to the most interesting/liked/discussed posts made on the CSG forum by the members each week. This is to make it easy to keep a track of the ever-increasing number of posts being made on the forum, on a variety of topics. As a compiler it makes it easy for me to track the articles if they are with #sciwri.

Below are the topics that have kept our members busy over the last one week, despite the holidays.

Participate in the poll so that CSG builds up a stronger demographic statistics of its members.

Explore the different career options that exist in life sciences.

Find an exhaustive list of Indian companies that can be your next career destination as a consultant

Know what it takes to be in project management in the biotech sector. For those who enjoyed it will find an opening at Conte lab, University of California, San Francisco.

Find a comprehensive list of what to and not to do’s while planning to apply for career development awards.

Slack, an alternative to emails. is increasingly being used for group communications even in the scientific circles.

Be inspired by unconventional career paths of Gadi Geiger.

You cannot ignore the management tips to help you grow into a successful leader.

Know how to build an impressive LinkedIn profile. Make sure you use the right keywords to help the potential employers find you.

Wish you all a fruitful week and a successful year ahead. And looking forward to your posts on SciWri!

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In this post I share the story of my struggle. I suffered from depression and was able to deal with it. I found help in my friends and family. You just have to seek help, you will find it galore. # Doobarapoocho

 

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Ipsa is a Ph.D. student at IISc. She wants to gather and spread interestingness. She prefers painting and drawing over writing.

If someone else like to share their story (even if anonymously), please message to ipsajain.31@gmail.com.

Twitter Townhall @ClubSciWri #AskICMRsoumya on 30th April, 2016

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Continuing to bringing forth science and healthcare policy makers for an informal discussion with our readers, we now invite Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research, India and also the Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Dr Soumya is an expert on tuberculosis research in India and has not only steered research but also generated awareness towards management of this ancient disease, which continues to plague India.

With her recent appointment as a Director General of ICMR, it would be interesting to discuss research and funding policies of ICMR and also have a frank dialogue about the current scenario regarding disease management. So kindly participate in our second twitterchat (#AskICMRsoumya) with Dr. Soumya Swaminathan on the 30th April, 2016 from 11:00 – 12:00 hrs, IST. You can participate in person or post us (email: sciwri2016@gmail.com) your questions/suggestions if unable to make it on the scheduled time.

N.B. Enter the discussion using the following link on 30th April, 11:00 am IST

http://tweetchat.com/room/AskICMRsoumya

CSG meet-ups -A photoblog

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Sometimes the virtual worlds fall short- Joining hands to move from a virtual world to a real world

…. and this is just the beginning!

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Brains Behind the Scenes: Our Chief Data Monk

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Onkar Bhardwaj, PhD: Chief Data Monk of ClubSciWri

He is a computer scientist by Ph.D. and profession, currently pursuing a postdoc at IBM. He is also an alumnus of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is an avid reader and internet-surfer; loves traveling, technology, languages, music; and likes to be a friendly person. He believes in the power of community and the power of democracy built through respectful discourse, and likes to think that leveraging these along with science and technology can solve most of the problems facing humanity. At ClubSciWri, his role is to come up with ways to make ClubSciWri data-savvy and technically smooth from the point of view of user experience.

Twitter Town Hall @ClubSciWri #AskVijayDBT on February 21st 2016

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In the last one month of ‪#‎ClubSciWri‬, we have witnessed some of the best articles/write-ups/interviews on this forum. Now we are moving into the next stage as we are introducing interviews with policymakers. In first of such series, we are hosting a twitter townhall with Vijay K VijayRaghavan. We will discuss about DBT’s policy on academic/industrial opportunities for post-doc/PhD. You can send your questions to @ClubSciWri twitter handle, post here on FB or best join the live chat on 21st February 11.30 AM- 12.30 PM (IST).

@ClubSciWri Proudly hosts Twitter town hall with @DBTIndia Prof. @kvijayraghavan send your question at ‪#‎AskVijayDBT‬

About Us

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Ab-CSHLAbhinav Ph.D.: Co-founder of ClubSciWri, is a broad spectrum biologist and innovation enthusiast. He is actively involved in bench-based pediatric cancer research at Emory University (Atlanta, USA) and alumni connectivity for his graduate school, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India). He believes that “sculptors of science are the people who can convey the true sense of their creation and the nuances of their work which never get conveyed to the general audience even if they read their research paper or their company profile.”

 

Ananda, Ph.D.: Co-founder of ClubSciWri, works at the NYU Office of Industrial Liaison to make sure that NYU innovations are developed beyond bench and ultimately serves society to solve unmet needs. As a co-founder of SciWri my vision is to share ideas and stories through SciWri and create awareness in innovation, entrepreneurship, alternative careers for PhDs, sustainable development, biodiversity, environment, and leadership.

 

Imit pursued her Ph.D. from the University of Utah, is currently pursuing her Postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein Medical College in Bronx, NY. She has an expertise in preclinical drug development and regulatory protocol development and analytical chemistry focussed on Oncology. Her current work explores the signaling pathways involved in hematopoiesis and leukemia stem cells. She is passionate about medical and science communication.

 

 

Ipsa is a Ph.D. student at IISc Bangalore, India. She wants to gather and spread interestingness. She prefers painting and drawing rather than writing. She posts as “ipsawonders” on Fb and Instagram.

 

Sayantan Ph.D., is an IRTA postdoctoral visiting fellow at the National Institute on Aging – National Institutes of Health, Baltimore. Apart from science, I invest my time in networking, organizing events, and consolidating efforts to build a platform for bringing together scientists and industry professionals to help spread the idea of alternate careers for life science graduates. When I am doing neither of these, I am busy bugging the other team members with my ideas. Ask them!

Somdatta Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher at Georg-August University, Göttingen. She is a curious soul that loves exploring newer places, cultures and meeting new people to inspire her.

Onkar Ph.D., is a computer scientist by Ph.D. and profession, currently pursuing a postdoc at IBM. He is also an alumnus of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is an avid reader and internet-surfer; loves traveling, technology, languages, music; and likes to be a friendly person. He believes in the power of community and the power of democracy built through respectful discourse, and likes to think that leveraging these along with science and technology can solve most of the problems facing humanity. At ClubSciWri, his role is to come up with ways to make ClubSciWri data-savvy and technically smooth from the point of view of user experience.

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Club SciWri- Scientists Simplifying Science

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Welcome to Club SciWri- Scientists Simplifying Science

Club SciWri is a club of science writers which originated from a Career Support Group created by ex-IISc students. The focus of Club SciWri  is on science communication which hopes to strengthen the bridge between Science and Society . As science progresses to challenge the limits of human imagination, it becomes more imperative that scientists make the society understand the benefits of their work.

The unique thing about this club is that we will be posting blogs written by members of the scientific enterprise. When we say members of the scientific enterprise, we refer to the academics, the entrepreneurs, the intellectual property experts, the policy makers and the myriad of emerging avenues that helps science make the world a better place.

At Club SciWri we believe that these sculptors of science are the people who can convey the true sense of their creation and the nuances of their work which never get conveyed to the general audience even if they read their research paper or their company profile.

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