Career Paths



Ah, the rocket scientist from the Upper West Side

“Ah, the rocket scientist from the Upper West Side!” That was the greeting I got when I was called in for the voir dire with the attorneys. They knew this from the questionnaire all jurors had to complete on arrival at the courthouse. I had jury duty last week – the infamous jury duty of New Y...



27 and a PhD

Greetings dear reader. My name is Stephanie (not my real name). I’m a 30 year old scientist in NYC. Originally I started my blog ( two months prior to my thesis defense. I was 27 at the time, hoping that I’d defend before turning 28. My defense happened that summ...


Who are Those People in the Suits?

So why consulting?  What is consulting?  If you’ve seen the movie “Keeping the Faith,” Jenna Elfman’s character is a consultant and has a great quote: “I’m like a plumber, but I fix leaky companies.”  While clients who are not in trouble also hire consultants, in a basic...


Finding My Way Out of the Lab

I was post-qualifying exam and officially a third-year.  Allegedly the “third year” status means that you have more time to focus on your research projects and that you’re almost done teaching.  It also seemed to mean that you were in this “gap” period in grad school: post-qualif...


Still a Geek, Just without the Acid Holes

Hello!  This is my first blog post here at Bio Careers, so let’s start off with a few random factoids.  I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a PhD in Chemistry, where I dabbled a bit with sugar chemistry at the bench and studied aberrant glycosylation associated w...



Coming to a close

As I write this blog entry, I reflect on all the things that have happened over the last year.  I got approval to defend my thesis, then successfully defended said thesis in March. I started looking for potential postdoc positions last year, then went on interviews in April. The interviews were...



Eight reasons to network

Many scientists cringe at the suggestion of having to network. Some are uncomfortable with the idea of networking because they feel that they have to be fake or sleazy. Networking can certainly induce anxiety among introverts and extroverts alike because they must engage complete strangers in forced...



Truth or Dare: How to Commit Professional Suicide

In the March issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a premiere journal in my field, I read a report on publication puffery --  “Unverifiable and Erroneous Publications Reported by Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Applicants” by Simmons et al.The abstract summarizes the findings:



WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (PART I)

Mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the pharmaceutical industry.  As companies consolidate and reorganize,   downsizing is the norm and many talented people lose their jobs.  Some will take early retirements.  Some may  take a break if they get  severance.  But...



La Défense - Onward and upward

Speaking of milestones - the oral PhD defense is one of them - and regardless of your project management skills, it’s one deadline that is likely to go wooshing by you several times. Too many variables for the best of statisticians to account for and too many to construct a research protocol witho...