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Next Gen PhD

Next Gen PhD

A Guide to Career Paths in Science

Melanie V. Sinche

ISBN 9780674986794

Publication date: 09/10/2018

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For decades, top scientists in colleges and universities pursued a clear path to success: enroll in a prestigious graduate program, conduct research, publish papers, complete the PhD, pursue postdoctoral work. With perseverance and a bit of luck, a tenure-track professorship awaited at the end. In today’s academic job market, this scenario represents the exception. As the number of newly conferred science PhDs keeps rising, the number of tenured professorships remains stubbornly stagnant.

Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science is a practical and thorough manual for the entire career transition process, from defining personal interests and deciding on a career path all the way to day one of a new job. Written by experienced career counselor Melanie Sinche, it is geared toward postdocs and graduate students who may not have access to effective career counseling or mentorship or are not satisfied with what they have received thus far.”
—Teegan A. Dellibovi-Ragheb, Science

“With its focus on PhD level scientists, this book fills a gap in job search and career information literature. It’s a must-read for those contemplating or actively pursuing studies in the subject area, as well as those who provide guidance to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.”
—Alan Farber, Library Journal (starred review)


  • This book is an essential guide to exploring and pursuing science career options, both within and beyond the academy, for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and all who work with them, including faculty and university administrators. Next Gen PhD brings together all that is needed for a scientist to embark on his or her career journey, whether in academia or beyond.

    —Laura Stark, Harvard University


  • Melanie V. Sinche is Director of Education at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine.

Book Details

  • 272 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press