Category Archives: Professional Development

Resources for Finding the Perfect Job for the Graduate Student

Finding the perfect job can be difficult but there are plenty of resources available to you. Don’t worry!

Websites such as Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, and the APS Career website are great resources for both academic and non-academic positions. APS also offers a Trainee Symposium at the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology that can also offer resources to the graduate student on the job hunt.

Below are a few links to help you find your way.

Post #1:

If you’re on the job hunt and need some more resources, consider checking out the APS Career web.

http://www.the-aps.org/meetings-awards/career-professional-development?SSO=Y

Post #2:

Are you a student? Are you graduating soon and on the job hunt? Check out this link for up-to-date physiology job postings!

https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/jobs/physiology

https://www.the-aps.org/meetings-awards/career-professional-development/career-center2?SSO=Y

Post #3:

Are you graduating soon and ready to start adulting? Get started early on the job hunt with a company researching tool.

https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm

Post #4:

On the job hunt? Check out Indeed where you can search for jobs, post your resume and research companies.

https://www.indeed.com/

Emma Teal is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati studying Gastric Ulcer Disease and Gastric Cancer.

Beginning on the Job Hunt: Resources for Soon-to-be or Recent Graduates

by Emma Teal, University of Cincinnati

Whether you are going into industry or academia, the job hunt can be a stressful experience. Writing your thesis, wrapping up your first author publication, and finishing-up experiments all while applying for jobs is a lot to handle. If you’re in the U.S., don’t write-off the possibility of working for the federal government. Also, if you are graduating soon or even if you are still a few years away, consider making and maintaining a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is not just a website for job seekers, but also recruiters and companies alike. There you’ll find plenty of job postings and recruitment opportunities.

USA Jobs.gov: https://www.usajobs.gov

Getting Started on an LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/topics/6227/6228/710

Emma Teal is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati studying Gastric Ulcer Disease and Gastric Cancer.

Exploring alternative career paths for Ph.D. scientists in life sciences

A wide range of interesting opportunities are available to PhD scientists in academic settings that don’t require a faculty appointment.  Alternatively, working in a pharma or biotech also offers many career options from bench research to product development to marketing and business administration.  Overall, the key to success is, being flexible and adaptable to change, developing the ability to leverage transferable skills, and be willing to work in teams with a collaborative spirit.

This post will cover some of the resources and articles on alternative careers for PhD scientists.  Part of this topic will also be addressed in the TAC symposium “Career Development Opportunites Outside the Academia –How to get there” at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Post #1 Non-academic careers for PhD scientists

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

Post #2 Alternate career paths in academia for Ph.D. scientists that don’t require a faculty appointment

https://www.sciencemag.org/features/2016/08/alternatives-professorships-academia

Post #3 Valuable skills beyond the bench

https://www.sciencemag.org/booklets/career-trends-careers-away-bench?r3f_986

Post #4 Opportunities for scientists outside of research

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2013/05/21/careers-for-scientists-away-from-the-bench/

Post #5 Job prospects for junior scientists beyond academia

https://www.nature.com/news/many-junior-scientists-need-to-take-a-hard-look-at-their-job-prospects-1.22879

Post #6 Tips and skills to get into biotech and pharma industries

https://timmermanreport.com/2018/06/so-you-want-to-get-into-biotechpart-1-many-stories-many-paths/

Post #7 Developing transferable job skills

https://cheekyscientist.com/5-more-transferable-job-skills-top-biotech-companies-look-for-in-phds/

Post # 8 Convergence of academia and industry-An interesting article on how to transition both ways and have a successful career

https://www.mendeley.com/careers/article/research-in-academia-or-industry-how-to-transition-both-ways-and-succeed/

 

Nalini Kulkarni, PhD is a scientist in biotechnology discovery research at Eli Lilly and Company.  Her work focuses on discovering and enabling novel drug targets for chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases.
April 2019 Social Media Collection: Adaptability

Adaptability is the most sought after soft sill in an ever-changing professional landscape.  With technologies and industries constantly evolving, being adaptable provides a competitive advantage in the workplace.  Developing a flexible mindset, embracing change and taking risks is vital to building a successful career in academia or industry.  Below are links to some helpful resources on key adaptability skills.

Post #1 Benefits of being adaptable

https://www.business.com/articles/how-well-do-you-handle-change-the-benefits-of-being-adaptable/

Post #2 Responding positively to change and being resilient is key to success

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/10157-resilience-adaptability-business-success.html

Post #3 Some key characteristics of an adaptable person

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffboss/2015/09/03/14-signs-of-an-adaptable-person/#3c8b883016ea

Post #4 Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility through action on the job

https://work.chron.com/demonstrate-adaptability-job-15407.html

Post #5 Career adaptability and career competencies predict students’ well-being and performance

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6143682/

Post#6 Examples of workplace flexibility skills

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/workplace-flexibility-definition-with-examples-2059699

 

Nalini Kulkarni, PhD is a scientist in biotechnology discovery research at Eli Lilly and Company.  Her work focuses on discovering and enabling novel drug targets for chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases.
Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV

Do you know how to create a successful resume? What are the things you should emphasize in this document versus your CV? In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Green provides very relevant information on how to use your research skills to elaborate an effective resume and become a competitive candidate for a particular job in Academia or Industry.

 

Translating your CV into an effective resume in the life sciences

Andrew Green, University of California, Berkeley

This presentation was part of the 2016 Career Symposium, “Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV.”

 

Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
March 2019 Social Media Collection: TAC Symposium Topic: “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career”

Having a successful career in both academic and non-academic environment requires constant and deliberate marketing of one’s self in order to get the desired job and to keep it. In a world that is highly competitive, it is extremely important that trainees begin early in their career to cultivate the skills needed to stand out as a competitive job applicant or a competitive candidate for promotion in the future. Aside from having excellent communication skills in scientific writing, there are other numerous career development abilities that are vital for continued success. These include taking on leadership positions within and outside of the laboratory environment, project and time management skills, building scientific network locally and nationally, and engaging in service and mentoring opportunities.

This blog post will cover the topics that experienced speakers will address in the TAC Symposium, “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career” at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

 

Post #1: Tools trainees need to be successful in Grad School:

https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/grad-school/articles/life-grad-student/how-be-successful-grad-student-insider-tips/

 

Post #2:  7 important facts regarding industry jobs in Biotech or Pharma companies:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428692-800-break-into-the-biotech-industry/

 

Post #3: Learn about Informational Interviews and their importance in building and expanding your professional network.

https://cheekyscientist.com/tips-how-to-prepare-informational-interview-with-industry-professional/

 

Post #4: When and how to start academic networking.

https://academicpositions.com/career-advice/how-to-start-academic-networking

 

Post #5: How to keep your professional network stronger and more successful.

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4363-tips-build-professional-network.html

 

Post #6: What are the skills you need as an early investigator? What lies ahead after your Ph.D.?

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2017/10/27/surviving-academia-as-an-ecr-an-unreliable-guide/

 

Post #7: Switching smoothly from Academia to Industry.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03306-1

 

Post #8: How to use social media to promote your research and develop your career.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/10-ways-use-social-media-get-your-research-noticed#survey-answer

 

Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
Get a Job You Love: How to Network for Your Dream Career

They say it isn’t about what you know, but WHO you know. Whether you’re pursuing a career in academia or in a non-academic setting, creating a network is crucial for professional development and job hunting. What if you only know professors in academia but want a job in industry? How do you get in contact with the right people? It may feel overwhelming to not know where to start, especially for individuals who find introductions intimidating. APS has speakers that have talked about techniques for networking, how to get started, and how to come up with a game plan for networking for your dream job. Here are just a few of previous presentations that can help you love networking!

 

The W’s of Networking in Physiology

Keisa W. Mathis, University of North Texas Health Science Center

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Professional-Networking/Identifying-Networking-Opportunities/Ws-of-Networking

 

New and old techniques to build your network, effectively tell your story, and obtain grant funding

John Raymond, Medical College of Wisconsin

https://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=8736 

 

The Long and Winding Road of Career Development

Lois Lehman-McKeeman, Bristol-Myers Squibb

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Career-Choices-and-Planning/Graduate-Student/Types-of-Careers/Non-academic-Careers/Industry/Developing-Critical-Leadership-Skills

Liz Cambron is a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University. Her research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms during non-feeding periods in insect development.
February 2019 Social Media Collection: Networking for Your Dream Career

Networking is a way to share ideas, to bring people with similar interests together, but most importantly, for people to share opportunities. Whether you’re a doctoral candidate or a junior faculty, networking is important if you’re still looking for your dream job. However, you can spell network without work. It takes work to get started, to maintain connections, and build your network. Here are some resources to help you get started with building your network, keeping it strong, and how to properly use it once you have it.

 

Post #1: Tips For Success: Networking is Not a Bad Word

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/dvdy.22740

 

Post #2: Opportunities Come Through People

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2013/07/opportunities-come-through-people

 

Post #3: Tooling Up: More than Just a Job-Seeking Skill

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2005/02/tooling-more-just-job-seeking-skill

 

Post #4: Expanding Your Career Networks

https://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=16609&bhcp=1

 

Post #5: 13 networking tips that can help you land your dream job

https://www.thisisinsider.com/how-to-network-for-a-job-2018-8

 

Post #6: Networking: How to Get a Good Connection

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/05/networking-how-get-good-connection

 

Post #7: Build Your Professional Network

https://career.ucsf.edu/phds/non-academic-careers/career-exploration/build-your-professional-network

 

 

Liz Cambron is a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University. Her research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms during non-feeding periods in insect development.
Navigating the Grant Writing Process: Insight into NIH-style Grants for Trainees

One of the most important skills for a trainee to develop is the ability to write a clear and effective research grant proposal. With the current funding climate, writing a competitive grant is all the more crucial in transitioning to the next step in your career. APS member Dr. Ann Schreihofer from the Medical College of Georgia discussed not only the key components of a NIH-style grant but also provides valuable insight into the grant writing process.

Also, make sure to check out the All About Grants Podcasts hosted by the NIH to stay up to date on NIH funding

 

Down the Road to Funding: Getting That First Grant

https://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=5722

 

All About Grants Podcast:

https://grants.nih.gov/news/virtual-learning/podcasts.htm

 

Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
January 2019 Social Media Collection: Grant Writing

In scientific research, we strive to develop groundbreaking hypotheses that push the edges of our understanding. However, groundbreaking ideas are just the beginning. Equally important are the skills needed to effectively communicate your grant proposal, so you can secure the funding necessary to complete a thorough investigation.

Below are links that break down the components of preparing an effective proposal to make your brilliant ideas standout in a sea of others.

 

Post #1: Before putting pen to paper, it is important to know the basics of a NIH-style grant. The following link provides a general information for writing a successful proposal.

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/format-and-write/write-your-application.htm

 

Post #2: First things first, you have to have a plan! Check out the six-part series titled “How Not to Kill a Grant Proposal.”

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2004/04/academic-scientists-toolkit

 

Post #3: Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your grant. Avoid procrastination and give yourself the time needed to review and edit your proposal before hitting submit.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00103-2

 

Post #4: For early investigators, fellowships require a little something extra. This article focuses on the importance of a well-crafted training plan and research goals in your proposal.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07297-x

 

Post #5: Here are some of the best kept secrets to writing a winning grant proposal.

https://www.nature.com/news/the-best-kept-secrets-to-winning-grants-1.22038

 

 

 

Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.