Navigating Through a Government Job World

Chemists work everywhere! 

Over the years, I interviewed for jobs ranging from forensic chemist at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to research professor at Drexel University.


The Great Wall

The Chinese people began to build the Great Wall of China in the 5th century BC. The great wall is for protecting the country from invasion, theft and plunder. Today, as we enter the globalized technical-oriented industrial/business world, protection like the Great Wall is still needed, even more essentially. That Great Wall needs to be built by you, my fellow scientists and engineers.


The Project Killer

When I was in grad school, in a well funded research center, I never thought about what could kill a project. Every project last for 2-3 years, or even more. I stayed in the same DOE project throughout my whole grad school career. However, when I came to an industrial/business job, I saw all kinds of project killers time and time again. Basically, each project has to go through a surviving mode before they can come to the commercial stage.

So who are these killers?

Killer 1: Cost, Cost and Cost!!!


Be a proud Ph.D selling your knowledge

From the first day I took this half research-half business job, I thought of my role as a pair of jobs in two parts. Not too much relevance. However, after I took my first international business trip to China, I knew I was totally wrong.


Hit the gym, you are gonna need it.

Time and time again, when the Nobel Prizes were announced, one of my friends repeated his theory: you’ve got to stay alive long enough to wait for the prize coming to you. That was just his joke after seeing so many winners are actually over 70 years old. However, it is practical. If you messed up your health or life before the prize committee decide to recognize your work and achievement, who do you blame?


Intro to Consumer Product Career Path Blog

I am Siva Muthukrishnan, a Scientist at the Fabric and Home Care Business of The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, USA.  As this is my first venture at writing a blog with a career focus, I will try to share some stories that might add perspectives to your career. I am very excited to be a blogger at Bio Careers, and I look forward to both contributing and learning through this blogging expedition.


How Many Miles Do You Have on Your Airline Account?

Do you remember the character played by George Clooney who has 10 million flight miles in the movie “Up In the Air?” That might be a little extreme for normal people. Check out your account. How many do you have? 20,000?

Well, last week I had a meeting with a guy from Texas. He has over 4 million miles on his American Airline account. The number amazed everybody in reality. He is very proud of the miles record and told me that his business wouldn’t get this far if he didn’t fly this many miles.


National Lab, Love It? Or Not?

Although I decided to go for an industrial career, I still had a chance to get a taste in a national lab before I graduated. I knew I wouldn’t be working there in the future, so I took a more objective angle to look at everything there.

As the saying goes, every coin has two sides. The experience in national lab had things that I liked and things that were not that appealing to me.


On the First Day in College, What Did You Think Your Future Job Would Be?

5 pm, it’s about time to get ready to go home. What did I do today?

A long but productive conference call in the morning with an oil field customer in Louisiana and two colleagues from the marketing department about the new product.  Then, I participated in the big safety review session with the joint venture representative from China. It’s about building a new plant in China. And in the afternoon I had a chance to run experiments in the lab with new formulas.


Hello World!

Hello, world! It’s a pleasure to be writing for Bio Careers – my first entry and my first blog. I consider myself fortunate to have enjoyed science from a number of vantage points (in no particular order): mixing art and science; academia and a graduate degree; my first job in biotech; the excitement of a start-up IPO; teaching within a K-12 classroom; and currently, as a scientist at a national laboratory.