Academic Career Information
- A Career in Undergraduate Education
- COSEPUP Postdoctoral Report
A report discussing ways of enhancing the postdoctoral experience. It includes discussion of the responsibilities of postdoc, institution, funding agency and professional society.
- AAS member Robin Corbet has provided the AAS with a result from his 2004 survey of academic astronomy and physics programs in the US. It shows the number of assistant, associate, and full professors as a function of years from PhD.
- Tomorrow's Professor ListServe Site
The listserve sends emails a few times a week with information about teaching, research, tenure and other topics of academic interest.
A website dedicated to helping academic communities around the world find or list houses for rent, exchange or house-sit when on sabbatical leave.
- Jennifer Hodgdon on Leaving Academic Physics
An article covering many aspects of career change.
- Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers
A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies
- "Landing Your First Job," by John S. Rigden. June 2003, Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
- The Right Startup Package for Beginning Scientists
- Astronomy: The Search for a Stellar Career —Science Magazine article on Astronomy Careers
- Gaining Tenure: Rules Your Chairman Never Told You
Non-Academic Career Information
- Leaving the Bench for a Corporate Perch
- Why You'll Want a Mentor Outside the Ivory Tower, Too
- The Scientist as Consultant: Building New Career Opportunities by Carl J. Sinderman and Thomas K. Sawyer. A how-to book on learning to be a scientific consultant. I read this and it was good. This is useful if you are perhaps not fully-funded or looking to transition away from academia. This can also work if you are geographically constrained (can't move for a job).
- Alternate Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower edited by Cynthia Robbins-Roth. Each chapter covers a different career track.
- Career Renewal by Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul. A guide for successful career transition written for scientists and engineers.
- Non-Academic Astronomers Network — Check out the variety of career paths outside academia taken by people with astronomy degrees!
- MentorNet — An E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science.
- National Postdoctoral Association — The NPA plays a leading role in addressing issues confronting the postdoc community.
Education and Employment Statistics
- AIP Statistical Research Center — a great source for data on education and employment in physics, astronomy and allied fields.
- NSF Science and Engineering Statistics — long term data on federal research funding, student and workforce demographics, public attitudes and understanding, industry, and more.
- NAS Career Reports — publications for career planning, doctoral program trends and rankings, ethics, and women in science.
- Survey Points to Mismatch Between Ph.D. Students, Their Programs, and Their Potential Employers
- The Production Rate and Employment of Ph.D. Astronomers — a paper about the astronomy job market, originally presented at the summer 2007 AAS meeting.
- Tips for Writing the Abstract of an AAS Meeting Presentation
- How Do You Prepare a Research Poster?
- The Martial Art of Scientific Publication
Women and Minorities in Science
- Land of Plenty: Diversity as America's Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering and Technology — NSF report from the former Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development (CAWMSET)
- Michelle Thaller's Christian Science Monitor Article on women in science.
- American Association of Physics Teachers
- Astronomical Society of the Pacific
- International Astronomical Union
- National Institute for Science Education
- The Society for College Science Teachers
Selected member and affiliated societies of the American Institute of Physics (AIP)