May 21st, 2018
How to Search for the Perfect Job

Once you’ve decided it’s time to try your hand at finding a permanent position and you selected the career path you’d like to take, there are many ways to go about beginning your search. The following presentations provides information regarding 1) launching a job search, particularly for a dual-career couple; 2) delivering a job talk: formal seminar vs. chalk-talk; 3) the art of interviewing; and 4) negotiation tips. There is also a mock interview and potential interview questions.

 

 

Presentations

Launching a Job Search
Colleen Cosgrove Hegg, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Delivering a Dynamic Job Talk
Susan C. McKarns, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

The Art of Interviewing: Winning the Job
Lynn Wecker, Ph.D., University of South Florida College of Medicine

Navigating Negotiations
Kim E. Barrett, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Mock Interview and Negotiation Videos
Potential Interview Questions

 

You can find links to all presentations here: http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Job-Search-and-Interviews/Postdoctoral-Fellows/How-to-search-for-the-perfect-job-/Gainfully-Employed

 

Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Ralph H Johnson VAMC. She researches how the immune system regulates the wound healing response in cardiovascular disease.
May 7th, 2018
May 2018 social media collection: How to Get a Job

You’ve graduated or completed your postdoctoral fellowship, now what? Moving on to the next career phase can be difficult. Believe me I just did it. It’s important for all young scientists to explore their career options and be open to ‘unconventional’ paths that get you to your ultimate goal. The following post are just a few tips on how to find a job.

 

 

 

Post 1: April showers bring May jobs?? Networking as tool to find your next position

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2013/06/20/networking-tips-for-graduate-students

 

Post 2: You’ve slaved away and now it’s time to move on. But how? Here’s a few tips to finding a job.

https://www.labsexplorer.com/c/where-to-find-a-job-after-a-phd-or-a-postdoc_30

 

Post 3: Top 4 Job Clusters for the life sciences

http://cheekyscientist.com/life-science-career-clusters-for-employment-opportunities/

  Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Ralph H Johnson VAMC. She researches how the immune system regulates the wound healing response in cardiovascular disease.
April 27th, 2018
Setting Your Sites on an Industry Career

Love for research is one thing, but knowing the right research environment that suits your personality and research goals may be the factor that makes you successful in securing an industry position and accomplishing your goals as a successful scientist. Dr. Bryan Clay touched on major differences between research in industry and academia in his 2017 Mentoring Symposium talk entitled, “Selecting a Good Lab for Postdoctoral or Research Experience in Industry.” Unlike academia, the main research goal in industry is to bring a product to market; as a result, the timeline is critical and usually quick, research is conducted in teams, and teams are more specialized and diverse in order to achieve that goal. How can you find positions in industry? There are various platforms that trainees can utilize in searching for industry positions. Platforms like company websites, Biospace, Medzilla, Indeed, LinkedIn, networking events, industry postdocs, and internships are  all useful resources for securing an industry position. When applying for industry positions, it is important to start early, typically 6 months or more before your desired start date. Also, you should be open to relocating, tailor your resume, and highlight research experiences that fit the position that you are applying for. Finally, network, network, and network! In addition, before applying for that industry position it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages between small biotech and big pharmaceutical companies. Small biotech companies usually have less resources, but you may have more influence and gain more experience working in biotech companies. Because resources are limited, research teams may not be as diverse as in big pharmaceutical companies, hence scientists in small biotech companies may participate in all aspects of the project. Overall, own your career and do what fulfills you. To listen to the presentation in its entirety, click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6kTHTdLmq8

Ijeoma Obi is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Section of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine. Her research project focuses on the effects of early life stress on renal inflammation and blood pressure regulation.
April 10th, 2018
Experimental Biology (EB)

With EB around the corner, don’t forget to download the free, easy-to use EB2018 mobile App on your Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. The App makes it easy to search for abstracts, specific sessions, and exhibitors. Session searches can also be filtered by discipline, sponsor, track, or type. In addition, the App includes maps of the entire convention center and tips for how to use the App.

To download the App, click on the link below and follow the instructions…

http://experimentalbiology.org/2018/Program/EB-Mobile-App.aspx

 

Furthermore, EB has partnered with an international film and broadcasting company to bring EB TV to this year’s conference. The daily program will consist of two main features: (1) Conference news which includes onsite interviews, event highlights, and attendees’ reaction and thoughts, and (2) In-depth reports in the form of five minute documentary films discussing research programs from various research institutions around the world. So, while you are planning on taking advantage of all the events and programs scheduled for this year’s conference, stay safe and enjoy your stay in San Diego!


Experimental Biology Conference- Frequently Asked Questions

http://experimentalbiology.org/2018/About-EB/Frequenty-Asked-Questions.aspx

 

2018 Experimental Biology Career Center Activities

http://experimentalbiology.org/2018/Career-Resources/Career-Center/EB2018-Career-Center-Schedule.aspx


The NEW Trainee Hour

APS Trainee Symposium: Do it Again: How to Achieve Rigorously Reproducible Research

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25A

 

APS Mentoring Symposium: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias in Science

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25C

 

APS Career Symposium: Hallmarks of Ground Rules for Productive Collaborations in Science

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25B


APS David Bruce Undergraduate Poster Session and the Horwitz/Horowitz Awards Ceremony

Date: Sunday, April 22nd

Time: 4:00*-5:30pm

Location: Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

* Undergraduate presenters should arrive at 3:00 PM to hang posters and meet with graduate departments


Physiologist in Industry Committee Mixer

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Time: 6:45-8:00pm

Location: Oceanside Room in the San Diego Marriot Marquis and Marina Hotel


Publishing 101: How to Get your Work Published and Avoid Ethical Minefields

Date: Monday, April 23rd

Time: 8:30-10:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 28DE


Nobel Laureate, Dr. Leland Hartwell

Date: Wednesday, April 25th

Time: 3:30-4:30am

Location: Convention Center, Room 20A

Ijeoma Obi is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Section of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine. Her research project focuses on the effects of early life stress on renal inflammation and blood pressure regulation.

 

March 8th, 2018
Training the next generation of scientists to be transparent

Scientific rigor and reproducibility have become new buzzwords, often being floated in discussions in labs, department meetings, and scientific conferences. As public confidence in science has fallen in the United States, the need for increased transparency has risen. The majority of scientists now see this issue as a significant concern, if not an outright crisis. (1) The causes for both the fall in public opinion and some of the high-profile examples that have precipitated the current situation are well beyond this article. This post will focus on three parts: first, to state what rigor and reproducibility is and what it means for trainees; second, to identify several resources that trainees will find useful; and third, to highlight the upcoming 3-part Trainee Symposium on Rigor and Reproducibility at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA (2). Links and resources that trainees may find helpful will also be shared through the APS Trainee social media Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of March.

 

The NIH has made increasing transparency and rigor in science one of its top priorities. They define scientific rigor as, “the strict application of the scientific method to ensure robust and unbiased experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results. This includes full transparency in reporting experimental details so that others may reproduce and extend the findings. Investigators should apply the elements of rigor that are appropriate for their science.” (2) Simply put, this means that science should be written and presented in a way that is clear and unambiguous so that others may find similar results should they repeat the study themselves. However, the NIH definition is less than helpful in making recommendations to scientists and trainees as to what steps would make their science more transparent. Luckily, there are resources available.

 

In results reported in a 2016 survey, poor experimental design and flawed statistical analysis were the leading causes of irreproducibility. (1) Fortunately, most academic institutions now offer courses and seminars on these topics at no-cost or low-cost to science trainees. Many institutions also have resources such as statisticians that are available for consultation. Additionally, there are many resources available online and in-person, some of which are detailed in this Nature article (4) and an associated Nature blog article (5). There are also many resources available from societies such as the American Physiological Society, including slides and videos from past seminars and symposiums on improving scientific rigor. You can visit their toolbox for reproducibility here (6).

 

Finally, the APS Trainee Advisory Committee will be hosting a 3-session symposium at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA. These three sessions, each held from 7:00-8:00 am in Room 25A of the San Diego Convention Center across 3 consecutive days (21-23 April) will feature 4 speakers who will speak directly to the trainees needs and roles in developing rigorous and reproducible science. The speakers will be discussing the role of trainees in scientific rigor, obtaining research funding, experimental design, publishing results, and much more. For more information about the symposium, you can visit the APS website here or on the EB app prior to the meeting. Here are the speakers that you can look forward to listening to during the 3 sessions:

 

Sunday, 21 April

  • Enhancing the Value of Research Findings: Ongoing Activities at NIH and Beyond
    Shai Silberberg, Ph.D.,NINDS/NIH

 

Monday, 22 April

  • Building Bridges: Learning to Work Effectively with Regulatory Committees
    Bill Yates, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
  • Practical Applications of Rigor and Reproducibility in the Laboratory
    Sean Stocker, Ph.D.,University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

Tuesday, 23 April

  • Publishing Reproducible Research: Ensuring that Editors, Reviewers, and Readers Have Confidence in your Findings
    Kim Barrett, Ph.D.,University of California San Diego School of Medicine

 

The need to have rigorous and reproducible research is only going to increase. Trainees have the potential to play an important role in the way we publicly discuss science. While trainees may have to seek out and maybe even create some of the resources they need to develop the next generation of transparent science, resources are already available at their institutions and from sources like the APS. Hopefully we’ll see you at the Trainee Symposium at EB in San Diego this April!

Ryan Downey, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University. As part of those duties, he is the Associate Program Director for the Master of Science in Physiology and a Team Leader for the Special Master’s Program in Physiology. He teaches cardiovascular and neural physiology across several graduate level courses. He received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UT Southwestern Medical Center. His research interests are in the sympathetic control of cardiovascular function during exercise and in improving science pedagogy. When he’s not working, he is a certified scuba instructor and participates in triathlons.
  1. Baker, M. (2016). 1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility. Nature, 533, 452–454.
  2. 2018 Trainee Symposium — “Do it Again: How to Achieve Rigorously Reproducible Research”. American Physiological Society. Accessed 26 February 2018. http://www.the-aps.org/rigorously-reproducible-research
  3. Frequently asked questions — Rigor and Transparency. National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research. Last revised: 1 February 2016. Accessed 26 February 2018. https://grants.nih.gov/reproducibility/faqs.htm#4828
  4. Baker, M. (2016). Reproducibility: Seek out stronger science. Nature, 537, 703–704.
  5. Seeking out stronger science: An incomplete, non-systematic list of resources. Naturejobs — Naturejobs blog. Last revised: 28 September 2016. Accessed 26 February 2018. http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2016/09/28/training-resources-for-experimental-design-and-analysis/
  6. Reproducibility in Research. American Physiological Society. Accessed 26 February 2018. http://www.the-aps.org/mm/SciencePolicy/Agency-Policy/Reproducibility
February 20th, 2018
February 2018 social media collection: Alternative Careers

Career trajectories in physiology are often a consequence of conscious choices as well as unique, unexpected opportunities.  Young scientists may be unaware of the diverse career trajectories or the skill development required for success in these jobs.

 

This symposium brings together scientists working in industry, government, education and consulting to provide students, early career professionals, and mentors an overview of the varying array of scientific career options in physiology.

 

Individuals on the panel will share their perspectives on:

  1. job functions and responsibilities;
  2. career path trajectories;
  3. skill sets, degrees and training opportunities that will improve (or perhaps limit) one’s chances of success; and
  4. expectations and potential obstacles.

Symposium format will include a brief career trajectory description from panel participants, followed by a discussion / question-answer period and a closing breakout session to meet and interact with the speakers.

 

Presentations

A government physiologist’s perspective: http://bit.ly/2FTZoWK
Kathy Ryan, Ph.D.,
 US Army Institute of Surgical Research

 

Career opportunities for scientists in big pharma: http://bit.ly/2mU0Fp0
Michael Statnick, Ph.D.,
 Lilly Research Laboratories

 

Application of physiology in product innovation and business strategy http://bit.ly/2mQXKwA
Brad Wilkins, Ph.D.,
 Nike Inc.

 

Transitioning from faculty to professional advisor: http://bit.ly/2DRZ0Yj
Lori Seischab, Ph.D.,
 Michigan State University

 

Physiologists role as medical school curriculum architects: http://bit.ly/2mSy8iL
Anthony T. Paganini, Ph.D.,
 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

  Amanda Miller, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at Penn state College of Medicine. She researches how the renin-angiotensin system alters the sympathetic nervous system and vascular function in mice and humans.
February 6th, 2018
February 2018 social media collection: Alternative Careers

More young scientists are leaving academia and perusing non-traditional or alternative careers. However, most PhDs do not end up in tenure-track professorships so alternative careers are really the normal track rather than the alternative. It’s important for all young scientists to explore alternative career options regardless of their career aspirations. These alternative careers open more options to PhD scientists and should not be thought of as a worse alternative to the traditional professorship track.

 

 

 

Post #1: This month we’re discussing alternative careers in physiology, stay tuned!

 

Post #2:  Should we really call non-academic jobs “alternative careers”?

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Publications/Journals/Physiologist/Archive/2018-Issues/January-2018-Vol-61No-1/Mentoring-Forum/Where-Academics-Go-to-Die-Mentorship-and-Alternative-Careers-in-Life-Science

 

Post #3: How do you decide if leaving academia is right for you? http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/03/leaving-academia

 

Post #4: The job market for PhDs may not be as bad as we think

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/05/employment-crisis-new-phds-illusion

 

Post #5: Where do Science PhDs go post-graduation?

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2017/07/what-comes-after-phd-check-out-data

 

Post #6: Where do Biology PhDs end up working?

https://i2.wp.com/freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/files/2015/10/biocareers.jpg?ssl=1

 

Post #7: How to survive the ” Postdocalypse”

http://brightworkcoresearch.com/postdocalypse-opportunity-disguise/

 

Post #8: Top 10 “Alternative Careers” for Science PhDs

https://cheekyscientist.com/top-10-list-of-alternative-careers-for-phd-science-graduates/

 

Post #9: Is graduate school worth it?

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/08/what_is_the_value_of_a_science_phd_is_graduate_school_worth_the_effort_.html

 

Post #10: Tips for exploring alternative careers

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Rethinking-the-Scientific/241361/

 

Post #11: Think outside the box!

https://www.livescience.com/37284-weirdest-science-jobs.html

 

Post #12: Tips on transferring to Industry

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/11/transition-postdoc-industry

 

  Amanda Miller, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at Penn State College of Medicine. She researches how the renin-angiotensin system alters the sympathetic nervous system and vascular function in mice and humans.
January 29th, 2018
Revisit the EB 2013 TAC symposium “Translational Research: From Bench to Bedside”

The concept of “translational science” or “translational research” is everywhere.  When you submit or review a manuscript or an abstract you may be asked if the research is translational.  When you write a grant application you will likely try to convince reviewers of the translational aspects or potential of your project.  Translational research or translational science has been a hot topic for a few years now and it will undoubtedly continue to be a hot topic for years to come.  In 2013, the Trainee Advisory Committee symposium at Experimental Biology was dedicated to providing a definition of translational science and hearing different perspectives on translational science from both a physician and a basic researcher.  The information presented in that symposium is as relevant today as it was in 2013 – so it seems appropriate to “re-visit” it here and now.

 

Defining “Translational Science”: http://bit.ly/2kRlEqD

Annie Whitaker, Ph.D. (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center)

Jessica Bradley (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center)

For: Joni Rutter, Ph.D. (National Institutes of Health)

 

MD’s Perspective on Translational Science Career: http://bit.ly/2ksQVAZ

Michael Joyner, M.D. (Mayo Clinic)

 

Basic Science Researcher’s Perspective on Translational Science Career: http://bit.ly/2B73rfz

Babette LaMarca, Ph.D. (University of Mississippi Medical Center)

 

Steven Copp, PhD works in the Department of Kinesiology at Kansas State University. He  teaches courses related to neuroendocrinology and the autonomic control of the circulation during exercise.  His research interest is the exercise pressor reflex-mediated control of the circulation in health and disease.
January 16th, 2018
January 2018 TAC social media collection: Translational science/research

My task for the month of January was put together the social media posts for January 2018.  The topic was translational research.  Should be easy – right?  “Translational research/science” is a big buzzword in the scientific community and my thought process going into the task was that a few quick Google searches for interesting and relevant articles would be all that was required.  I started by looking for a simple definition of “translational research”.  I realized pretty quickly that I was in for a bigger challenge than initially thought.  The complexity of this topic begins with the fact that there really isn’t a universally agreed upon definition of translational science or research.  The collection of posts below are selected resources, articles, and blogs that will provide a good foundation for you to begin to understand the issues, complexities, and importance of translational research.

 

Post #1: The concept of translational science can be confusing.  The best place to start diving into this topic is undoubtedly with the recently established NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).  Learn about the “translational science spectrum” here: http://bit.ly/2p50DhL

 

Post #2: Read a graduate student’s take on trying to understand the similarities and differences between basic science and translational research: http://bit.ly/2kzWLjO

 

Post #3:  One way of thinking about translational research is that it “bridges the gap” between basic and clinical research.  http://bit.ly/2kTQaQV

 

Post #4: There are many options for alternative careers in translational research that will allow you to step away from the bench.  Read about what skills you need and other related topics. http://go.nature.com/2BfKHuD

 

Post #5: What does it take to carve out a career in translational research? Trainees need to understand the risks and opportunities. http://bit.ly/2BgBX7r

 

Post #6: Learn about the mission and scientific focuses of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the NIH: http://bit.ly/2By3y8o

 

Post #7: Are you a current doctoral student and interested in receiving formal training in translational research? Consider applying for the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students.  Find more information here: http://bit.ly/2BzHMkv

 

Post #8: Are knowledge translation and translational research the same thing? http://bit.ly/2w6zHwf

Steven Copp, PhD works in the Department of Kinesiology at Kansas State University. He  teaches courses related to neuroendocrinology and the autonomic control of the circulation during exercise.  His research interest is the exercise pressor reflex-mediated control of the circulation in health and disease.
January 8th, 2018
Welcome to Trainee Talk!

 

The American Physiological Society (APS) and the Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) are pleased to bring you Trainee Talk!  This blog is dedicated to:

 

 

  • Providing a place for APS trainee-related content from other various platforms (social media posts, recorded Experimental Biology presentations, etc.) to be archived in a searchable form.
  • Facilitating interactions among trainees and the APS.

 

The topics covered in this blog will include (but are not limited to):

  • Professional development
  • Networking
  • Preparing for conferences
  • Teaching skills
  • Government advocacy
  • K-12 outreach
  • Interviewing skills
  • Grant writing
  • Non-academic science careers
  • Work/life balance

 

Remember, this blog is for YOU – the trainee!  Come back often and leave your comments.  Also remember that this blog is just one of the many ways to interact with the TAC and/or other APS trainees – be sure to check out the TAC Facebook (www.facebook.com/APSTrainees) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/apstrainees) accounts.

 

The Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) is composed of a trainee representative from each of the 12 APS sections.  The purpose of TAC is to support trainees’ needs, organize symposia, provide news and information relevant to trainees and encourage active society membership.