Do you enjoy explaining your work, and science in general, to non-scientist friends more than working in the lab? Though no longer at the bench, science communicators still enjoy a career that satisfies their intellectual restlessness. They report on science trends, discoveries, personalities, and policies, often from the lab or in the field. Careers in science communications run the gamut from editing primary scientific papers to communicating findings to the general public and utilizing social media to highlight the latest discoveries. This session will discuss the range of career options available to science communicators and how to acquire the required skills and experience to become a successful science communicator.
A career in science policy offers a broad range of opportunities within a variety of settings including academia, think tanks, government agencies, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations. Science policy professionals use their scientific knowledge and their analytical and communication skills to influence the course of scientific research, prioritize research goals, guide funding allocation, summarize scientific findings, and ultimately impact public health. This session will feature a panelist who will share her experiences in the policy arena and provide advice on how to transition to a career in science policy.
Moving into the business side of biotechnology via law, consulting, and intellectual property allows you to directly influence the direction of science without having to stay at the bench. In all business positions one must be able to successfully use his/her expertise to quantify risks and rewards of creating and maintaining various biotechnologies. This session will help identify specific skills needed to be successful in these fields as well as how might to acquire them.
The U.S. government offers a wide variety of career paths from regulatory science (FDA), to grants management (NIH and NSA), to science policy, to public health (CDC), to patents/tech transfer (USPTO), to justice (DEA), and to bioterrorism (FBI). This session will feature a panelist who will speak on working in the government, a path taken to this destination, and desirable training and career steps looked for to enter into government service.
Many scientists strive to have their ideas become successful business ventures. A successful entrepreneurial career is a challenging path to take, but the result could be very rewarding and high impact. Additionally, scientists often wonder what it is like to work in a small start-up company. This session will combine entrepreneurs who started their own business with researchers who took the risk of joining an early stage company.
Working at the bench in industry for a large versus a small company can be two extremely divergent experiences. Understanding the differences will ensure the best fit for your strengths and what you value in your work. Panelists for this session will describe their working environment and how it may or may not be a good fit for you.
A senior executive highlighting what factors industry considers during a search for top Ph.D. level candidates. The panel provides an insider’s view on how to translate your academic experience into industry terms. The discussion will cover how to position yourself to secure a vibrant career in chemistry.
In industry, the incentive of the work done at the lab bench is not a publication, but rather the desire to take a product or process from the research laboratory to the commercial market. This transition is a complex process. The industry panel represents different facets of this process. Speakers will discuss the development of a new product from the decision to pursue commercialization through project management, working environment, financial success and what led them to purse this career path.
A special kind of hell or a career defining career opportunity? Postdoctoral positions are a common, and often necessary, interlude between graduate study and regular employment. The experiences and training gained from a postdoc can shape the rest of your career. Yet it can be challenging to find out even the most basic information about such opportunities. Panelists will describe a variety of available options and discuss how to identify and secure those best for your career path.
High quality science teachers can go a long way towards making science fun and exciting rather than boring or daunting. Even students bound for careers outside of science can benefit from critical thinking and data analysis skills developed through a strong science education. This panel will showcase a science education career at the undergraduate level, developing educational materials, and managing outreach programs.
An important question to consider when choosing an academic career path is “What type of academic institution and environment will best suit me?” The academic sector offers a wide range of experiences from teaching at a small liberal arts college to research- or teaching- oriented faculty positions at large universities and medical schools. This session will explore the expectations, challenges, and rewards of different academic environments and panelists will describe how they chose their individual career paths.
Do you enjoy conducting your own research and working with students? Are you considering an academic career path? This session will highlight tenured and tenure-track professors in research-intensive roles who will explain what it is like to work in academia and how to prepare for a positive tenure review. Discussions will range from understanding job qualifications and the search, application, interview and negotiation processes to what resources are made available to assistant professors, what tenure requirements consist of, and how to balance research and teaching obligations.