Career Paths

Michael.Salgaller

Michael
Salgaller

Top 10 Biotech Jobs (#10-7) – Positioning Yourself

Recently, Genetic Engineering News published a list of what they believe will be the top 10 biotech jobs most in demand over the next decade. For those looking for moving beyond the bench, starting their science career, or just looking for a change, the list proposes where the likeliest landing spot...


sandlin.preecs

Sandlin
Seguin

Jobs in Curriculum Development

In the new year, my job title changed from eLearning Specialist to eLearning Developer. My boss delivered this news with some hand waving about internal alignments, and my day to day work hasn’t changed. When I applied for my job as an eLearning Specialist, I wasn’t sure that I would make the cu...


holly.brevig

Holly
Brevig

Fellowships: Making lemonade from lemons

There are a number of fellowships and internships out there for PhDs to explore career options. There are teaching fellowships (e.g., Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship), science policy fellowships (e.g., Research American Science Policy), regulatory and medical writing (e.g., Cato Research Fello...


tom

Tom
Ruginis

Talking to scientists can be painful

Three months after leaving the lab and ditching my PhD program, I found a job as a sales rep. I became that person who knocks on your lab door, interrupts your day, and asks you to buy lab supplies. 


andrea.habura

Andrea
Habura

Literature Review

If you’re trying to make your products better, it’s nice when your customers almost have to fill out a user feedback form. “Publish or perish” is nothing but upside if you want to figure out what scientists are doing in the lab.


Judy.lytle

Judy
Lytle

For-Profit, Non-Profit, & Government Sectors

Once I was conferred my doctorate, you could have clocked my departure from academia with a stopwatch. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with academia; it’s just not my cup of joe. In considering the “why” of the career decisions I’ve made, I’ve come to the conclusion ...


Renda.Hawwa

Renda
Hawwa

Are you using your PhD?

With so many options for PhD scientists these days, it is easy to feel like taking certain career paths means you won’t be “using your PhD”. As anyone who gets their Doctorate comes to realize, there are many ways it will be used throughout life.Before starting graduate school, I had a BS...


holly.brevig

Holly
Brevig

Day to Day Life

So what’s it like working outside of lab?  Let’s start with my experience working in lab as a graduate student.  I stood for long periods of time, and moved around a lot, from working under the hood, to the cell culture room, and maybe then to another building to use a specialized piec...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Crime and Punishment: Counterfeit drugs

The pharmaceutical supply and distribution chain is increasing vulnerable to business and criminal abuses. On the micro level, there is a need to police abuse of prescription drugs through prescribing “pill mills.” On a macro level, counterfeit drugs jeopardize our ability to provide treatment t...


virginie.adam

Virginie
Adam

Listening to your inner-self to find your professional calling

Have you ever wondered what you would’ve done if you hadn’t gone into science and gotten a PhD? When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a vet or an interior designer. More recently, I wondered if I’d have made a good urban planner or human resources manager! Over the past year, I’ve been ponde...