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.
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.
When most people think a career in biotechnology, they think of a scientist in a white coat in a laboratory developing drugs to improve the quality of life. However, biotechnology has a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from sales and marketing, to research and development, to manufacturing and quality control and assurance. 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.
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.
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.
The pharmaceutical industry combines a broad range of scientific disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. However the pharmaceutical industry is restructuring worldwide whereby bringing different ways of working and new challenges. As the industry moves away from internally focused research to an external model, is the pharmaceutical industry still the premiere job out of graduate school? This session will feature panelists sharing their thoughts on this topic and providing advice where the best opportunities reside.
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 the application process and how to prepare for a 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.