Tag Archives: career development

June 2019 Social Media Collection: Conflict Resolution

Lila Wollman, PT, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Arizona

Post #1
“Lab conflict and how to address it”

Post #2
“Conflict Resolution: Definition, Process, Skills, Examples”

Post #3
“Why Scientists Need to be Better Communicators”

Post #4
“Managing Conflict with Emotional Intelligence”

Post #5
“10 Ways to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence”

Dr. Wollman is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on development and plasticity of the neurorespiratory system.

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.


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!



Post #3:

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


Post #4:

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


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


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


Post #3 Valuable skills beyond the bench


Post #4 Opportunities for scientists outside of research


Post #5 Job prospects for junior scientists beyond academia


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


Post #7 Developing transferable job skills


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



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


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


Post #3 Some key characteristics of an adaptable person


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


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


Post#6 Examples of workplace flexibility skills



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:



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



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



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



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



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



Post #7: Switching smoothly from Academia to Industry.



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



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.
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



All About Grants Podcast:



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.
November 2018 Social Media Collection: Peer Mentoring

Mentorship is critical for success as a scientific researcher. The traditional view of mentoring is a one-on-one professional relationship between a senior and junior investigator.  However, participating in a network or group of “near peer” or “peer” mentors can be more effective for both the mentor and mentee. The goal of this blog is to provide resources to help scientists become more educated on the benefits of peer mentoring, steps to take to be an effective peer mentor, and provide ways of creating opportunities to foster peer mentoring relationships. The first article discusses the pros and cons of traditional or hierarchical one-on-one mentoring and lays the ground work in support of mentoring networks involving peer mentors. In subsequent articles, we delve into near peer and peer mentoring and highlight some of the advantages and benefits of peer mentoring, practical methods to be an effective peer mentor, and how to start your own peer mentoring group.


Post #1: Should we do away with hierarchical one-on-one mentoring?



Post #2: Looking beyond traditional mentoring. Why peer mentoring may be more superior.



Post #3: Have you underestimated the value of mentoring?



Post #4: Advantages of participating in peer mentoring. Is this the missing piece to being a successful post-doc?



Post #5: Success isn’t achieved alone. How peer mentoring can benefit yourself and others.



Post #6: Practical methods to participate in peer mentoring.



Post #7: Want to help other scientists be successful? Form a peer mentoring group with these 5 easy steps.



Post #8: Do you know the advantages of peer mentoring?



Post #9: Are you a woman in science and want more mentorship? Check out this program!



Post #10: Unexpected benefits for mentors from underrepresented backgrounds in near-peer mentoring.




Kristi Streeter, PhD is a research assistant scientist at the University of Florida. Her interests are in understanding the cardiorespiratory impact of diaphragm sensory afferents and utilizing electrical stimulation to restore afferent input, engage spinal networks, and induce neuroplasticity to improve breathing following spinal cord injury.
Kick Start Your Funding: Looking Beyond NIH and NSF

Funding for scientific research is becoming progressively harder to obtain and competition continues to grow. Despite the increased challenge to gain federal funding (i.e. NIH), many universities and other institutions require their applicants to have funding when applying for faculty positions, regardless of their career stage. As such, an enormous amount of pressure is placed on trainees to obtain funding prior to looking for a position as an independent scientist. In addition, early career investigators who have already transitioned to independent positions also experience similar pressures and difficulties obtaining funding. In recognition of the funding crisis as well as the increasingly competitive job market for trainees and early career investigators, the goal of this symposium is to provide information on funding sources outside of the NIH and NSF. We have four speakers with each representing less tradition funding mechanisms including 1) industry, 2) private foundations, 3) crowd-funding, and 4) military funding. Each speaker identifies how to find funding within their genre, provide information and tips for writing successful grant proposals, and compare and contrast their organization with how other funding mechanisms (i.e. NIH) work. The speakers have either successfully obtained funding or are representatives from companies or private foundations that have grant programs or regularly fund product research. Information is also available on crowd funding websites.


  • Seeking funding outside the norm: unique opportunities within military research programs
    Lisa Leon, Ph.D.US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
  • Successfully securing funding and collaborating with industry
    Eugene W. Shek, Ph.D.Lilly China Research and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Cancer funding from a private foundation
    Charles Saxe, Ph.D.The American Cancer Society
  • Crowd funding your science
    Melissa Wilson Sayres, Ph.D.Arizona State University

 You can find links to all presentations here:


Melinda Engevik, PhD is an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interaction between intestinal microbiota and the host epithelium.