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Being a researcher involves wearing so many hats outside of science itself. There’s managing a lab and the people in it, the ongoing efforts to secure future funding, making decisions on your career path ahead of time – it’s a lot. We’ve tracked down a variety of reading, listening and networking resources for respiratory and similar researchers at all stages of career development. From PhD to PI, there’s something for everybody on this list. Feel free to share it with your lab members and colleagues, and let us know what your go-to resources are on Twitter @SCIREQ.


Reading Resources


Write That PhD – Pocket Guide to Academic Publishing

This document was shared by Write that PhD, a Twitter account out of Australia that posts all about PhD resources. The document is lengthy, at 127 pages, and was written by Nikolas Sellheim of the Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. Available for free, the PDF is quite conclusive, from designing your research question to the thesis stage work.

Click here to directly download the free PDF.

Cheeky Scientist (Blog)

The tagline of this website is Remember Your Value as a PhD, and its content reinforces this concept. It is jam-packed with PhD career resources for CV-building, networking, job search, and more. Need to brush up on your negotiation strategies? Want to read an inspiring article about How Crazy Ideas Get PhDs Hired? Thinking about transitioning to industry? The Cheeky Scientist, as its name implies, has a huge variety of content that’s useful, relevant and highly engaging to read.

Head over to check out the cheek factor here on your next coffee break.

Grants and Funding eBook – Pulmonary Specific

This eBook lists 20 different grants and funding sources specifically for pulmonary researchers, including several non-NIH sources. An in-depth look at crowdfunding in science, with pulmonary examples, is also detailed. You’ll find a case study on one researcher’s experience when his first grant-funded findings as a new PI were not as he expected, and also a very easy-to-digest ‘Tweetorial’ recounting of the NIH KtoR01 Workshop. If you’re planning on applying for a grant that may involve an investment in pulmonary research equipment, you’ll also find sample equipment justifications to use.

Click here to download the Grants and Funding eBook.

Materials & Methods: A blog for emerging biomedical scientists

This blog was created by the faculty and students of the Vanderbilt Biomedical Graduate Programs in order to help young scientists navigate the unique challenges of searching for and beginning graduate school. The blog has been live since 2015, meaning there are a lot of posts, and these include content in helpful categories such as Getting into a Biomed Grad School and The First Year.

Click here to check out the blog.


Listening Resources

The Lung Science Podcast

This podcast has been hosted by ATS Journals since 2016. Although they don’t release frequent episodes, the back catalog is definitely worth a listen. It contains content about both career and science and mostly uses an interviewing format. Check out Episode 4 on Gene Delivery, which features SCIREQ Customer Dr. S. Vamsee Raju, and Episode 5 on The Early Career R01 which features SCIREQ Customer Maor Sauler.

See all episodes here.

ATS Breathe Easy Podcast

Also hosted by ATS (American Thoracic Society), the Breathe Easy Podcast boasts a lot more content, listed into nearly 20 different pulmonary categories. Of interest are Setting Up a Lab – Part 1 and Setting Up a Lab – Part 2, Grant Writing Tips and Tricks for R Level Grants, monthly Fellow Chats, work-life balance episodes, among many others. The Podcast is run by Dr. Nitin Seam, the Chair of Editorial Committee.

See all episodes here.

AAAI Podcast – Conversations from the World of Allergy

AAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) has 12 episodes on their podcast so far. It too is a mix between science and career topics, but has more on the science side. They offer a written transcript in addition to the audio on some episodes but not all, and some episodes are available for CME credit. This podcast is moderated by Dr. David Stukus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

See all episodes here.

CorDS Cast Podcast

CorDS Cast is a rare disease podcast created by the team at Sanford Research. They have a rare disease registry (CorDS) that connects patients and researchers. On this podcast they interview patients, patient advocates, physicians and researchers to raise awareness of the 7,000 rare conditions affecting 1 in 10 people worldwide. CoRDS was launched by Dr. David Pearce in 2018 and has 14 episodes live.

See all episodes here.

Cheeky Scientist (YouTube and Podcast)

Much like the Cheeky Scientist (TCS) Blog, their YouTube Channel is packed full of content. There are many bite-sized videos under 10 minutes, but also some extended interviews that span over an hour. They also ‘go live’ from time to time, adding an interactive element to their engagement. Check out the Transition (to industry) Success Stories. Again, the whole premise across all TCS channels is to support PhDs to increase their presence in industry roles. The welcome video on the website explains the data behind why this is important and is well worth watching.

Visit the CS YouTube Channel here.

Hello PhD Podcast

This podcast is hosted by two PhD students who met at grad school. They have released over 100 episodes and if you like their content you can actually support the podcast by contributing to their Patreon page. Becoming a Patron gets you perks like an invitation to the private Hello PhD Slack Channel (more about Slack later in this post, if you’re not familiar with it). They also run live chats on Patreon.

Click here to visit the podcast website.


Networking Resources


In case you’re not familiar with Slack, it is a (mostly) free chat/collaboration tool that many companies and also many labs use. There’s a desktop app, browser version and also a mobile application. It’s incredibly easy to use, and now there are public groups called Slack Communities you can join such as those listed below.

New PI Slack

A community of new science PIs helping each other survive and thrive. You can read more about the origins of the community on the Avasthi Lab website. To join, fill in this form.

Future PI Slack

A peer support group for postdocs on an academic track. To join this Slack group you need to directly message the moderators on Twitter, and provide them with your Linkedin profile URL.

Mid-Career PI Slack

A Slack community of mid-career science PIs helping each other survive and thrive. To join this group you also need to send them a direct message on Twitter.


Let Us Know

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