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Academic vs. Industry Postdocs

Posted by Guest Blogger on Nov 13, 2018 8:22:32 AM

This post was contributed by Laura Desrochers, a postdoctoral scientist at AstraZeneca.

Why I chose an industry postdoc

I’m currently doing an industry postdoc in neuroscience at AstraZeneca’s Waltham site after doing a brief academic postdoc. Why did I switch? Well, my long-term goal was to enter industry since I was drawn to the idea of working as a team to develop therapies that could directly impact patients. And, to be honest, I’ve never enjoyed grant-writing. The more I talked to people with industry experience, the more I heard that getting into industry early would only help.

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Topics: Science Careers, Science Career Options, Early Career Researcher

Oh, The Places You Can Go: Careers in Science Communication - Writing for a Research Institute

Posted by Beth Kenkel on Feb 2, 2018 10:20:48 AM

In this post of the Careers in Science Communication blog series, you’ll hear from Susan Keown, a staff writer at the non-profit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Topics: Science Careers, Science Communication, Science Career Options

Career Insights: Technical Support Specialist

Posted by Klaus Wanisch on Nov 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A degree in the life sciences prepares one for numerous non-academic careers. Still, many start their scientific careers hoping to follow the traditional academic route (find tips for getting a faculty position here). Possible roadblocks only become obvious at rather late stages (i.e. postdoc level) and can include the pressure to publish in high-impact journals, and the requirement for a high grant success rate. At this point, candidates are highly experienced but often have to start pursuing other options.

While some non-academic career options require additional study for late career scientists to become more appealing on the job market (e.g. a postgraduate degree in law, an MBA, or similar), there are many roles out there that require exactly what life science PhDs can offer: vast practical lab expertise, experience in different scientific fields, and knowledge of how to troubleshoot problems at the bench. Specifically, roles in technical support make excellent use of the skills developed by life science PhDs.

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Topics: Science Careers, Science Career Options

Oh, The Places You Can Go: Careers in Science Communication - Product Development

Posted by Beth Kenkel on Oct 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In this post in the Careers in Science Communication blog series, you’ll learn about Caitlin Runne-Janczy, a Product Development Manager at eScience Labs, an educational company that creates hands-on science lab kits and digital curricula to support them. Caitlin’s interview is broken into two parts, with part one detailing how she got into scicomm and part two focusing on what her job at eScience Labs is like. Find all the posts in this series here.

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Topics: Science Careers, Science Career Options

Tips for Working in Industry & Success in Management: Interview with Crystal Shih

Posted by Tyler Ford on Oct 5, 2017 9:13:38 AM

Crystal Shih is an Investigator III at Novartis, a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland. After completing her PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering with Harry Gray at Caltech, Crystal moved on to a Postdoc in the chemistry department at MIT. Crystal now works on protein therapeutics at Novartis - listen to learn more about Crystal’s exciting career path, to gain insight into industry research, and to get advice on how to succeed in your own career. One pro tip from Crystal - be agile and willing to move on to new projects when old ones prove unsuccessful.

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Topics: Science Careers, Science Career Options

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