Career Development

Symposium on The State of Women in Biomedical Science

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There’s an upcoming symposium that focuses on women in the biomedical sciences, which everyone who can should attend. It is sponsored through funds from Claire’s Natalie Zucker Chair.  We hope everyone can engage with the speakers on this subject.

The State of Women in Biomedical Sciences: A Call to Action

March 19, 2018 from 2-6 pm

Behrakis Auditorium

150 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA.


The goal of the symposium is raise awareness of the challenges facing women biomedical scientists in academia and industry, and to discuss ways to promote equal opportunities for women and men. The format will be four talks followed by a panel where all four speakers will take questions from the audience. A reception will follow the panel to give everyone a chance to meet the speakers and to network.


Here are our speakers and their topics:

  • Nancy Hopkins, PhD, Professor, MIT
    • We’ve come a long way – but not far enough
  • Vicki Lundblad, PhD, Professor, Salk Institute
    • Women scientists need to tell their stories
  • Joanne Kamens, PhD, Executive Director, Addgene
    • Implicit Bias – Tactics for Change
  • Judge Nancy Gertner, (Retired), Professor, Harvard Law School
    • In Defense of Women: Stories from a Lifelong Advocate

Thy symposium is open to the public and free of charge.  Be sure to register at as seating is limited.  Also, please help us get the word out and forward this e-mail to any interested colleagues or post the attached flyer in your building.

We think this symposium will address an issue of broad impact at a time when women are feeling more encouraged to speak up about their concerns, and we hope that it will inspire efforts from both scientists and administrators to insure greater gender equity in biomedical science.

See you there!


Claire Moore



Claire Moore, Ph.D
Natalie V. Zucker Professor
Director, Training in Education and Critical Research Skills (TEACRS) Postdoctoral Program

Science Careers Job Fair

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We received this event invitation for those looking to pursue industry positions in the future. We recommend registering for this free event in advance!

I’m delighted to let you know that Science Careers has partnered with Harvard University to produce a unique Science Career Fair open to all on March 14, 2018. I would be grateful if you could help to advertise this event widely!

Join us for a chance to meet with top scientific organizations and get important advice from career experts. The combination of valuable career development seminars, company presentations, and exciting career opportunities make this a free “must-attend” event for scientists. The event will include 4 sessions: Exploring Bioscience and Entrepreneurship; Networking for Scientists; Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals; and Transitioning into a Non-academic Career.

In addition, the following companies will offer presentations: Pfizer; EMD Serono; MilliporeSigma & EMD Performance Materials; FAPESP -Sao Paulo Brazil Research Foundation; Jackson Laboratories; and Moderna Therapeutics.

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Location: Northwest Science Building, 52 Oxford Street, B100, Harvard campus, Cambridge, MA
Time: 11:00 am – 5 pm EST

For more details and to register, visit

Short Course – Navigating the Corporate Environment

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The Sackler School has opened registration for their next short course, focused on preparing individuals for industry. If you’re heading to industry, register soon — seats are limited.

We are pleased and proud to announce a new short course “NAVIGATING THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT”. This course continues our series of courses and seminars designed to educate and train students and postdocs toward career excellence in academia and across the biomedical workforce. This course will provide an introductory understanding of working in biotech, pharma and research organizations.

This course will combine lecture and interactive activities from a Northeastern University Business faculty with discussions with alumni and others from a variety of companies.  Topics will include managing people, understand culture, working in groups, teamwork, organizational structure, company overviews, the market and associated peers, roles within an organization and how to be successful in a corporate environment.

This course will consist of five 2-hour sessions on Thursday evenings from 6 – 8 pm, starting on Thursday, March 1.  Subsequent sessions will be on March 8, 15, 22 and 29.  Attendance at all five sessions is mandatory as are pre -and post-course surveys and a $20.00 course fee. The class size is limited to 30, and will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please note this is a not-for-credit course.  A light dinner will be served for each seminar!

Register for this event, now!

Invitation to the New England Future Faculty Workshop, July 10, 2018

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We received this invitation to join a workshop focused on academic ventures. If you’re interested, apply before May 1.

We invite you to participate in the New England Future Faculty Workshop for Underrepresented Groups in STEM Fields (NE-FFW) on the Northeastern University campus in Boston, Massachusetts on July 10, 2018.  The NE-FFW is designed specifically for underrepresented minorities and women in STEM fields who are late-stage PhD students and postdoctoral scholars and interested in an academic career.


The NE-FFW is focused on the academic job search.  The format of the one-day workshop includes faculty-led interactive discussions and peer-to-peer interactions.  Workshop topics include:  Finding Your Institutional Fit, Standing Out in the Interview, Reviewing CVs, Developing a Research Statement, Negotiating the Job Offer, and more.  To learn more about the New England Future Faculty Workshop for Underrepresented Groups in STEM Fields, go to:


To participate in the NE-FFW, there are several steps interested people need to take:

  1. Apply online by May 1, 2018.
    1. Submit a 300 word statement about why they want to participate
    2. Submit a CV
    3. Submit a diversity statement (1 page or less)
  2. Await notification of acceptance on May 16, 2018
  3. Confirm participation in workshop by paying a $50 registration fee by June 1, 2018


Please share this with colleagues. This unique opportunity is one you won’t want to miss.  We hope to meet you in Boston in July!


Warm regards,

NE-FWW Planning Committee


Northeastern University:

Penny Beuning, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Jan Rinehart, Executive Director ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Erinn Taylor de Barroso, Assistant Director ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Positioning Yourself for Success with Melanie Sinche

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Melanie Sinche, NCC, from Jackson Labs and author of Next Gen, PhD joined us to show where PhDs are going and what they did to get their dream jobs!

After the PhD/Postdoc: Positioning Yourself for Success with Melanie Sinche, NCC  (Jackson Labs) and Author of “Next Gen PhD”


  • Jackson Labs is hiring at their Farmington, CT location!
    • 60 positions open for people with experience in:
      • Genetics
      • Genomics
      • Computational biologists
      • Software engineering
      • IT
  • Where have PhDs in the Sciences have ended up?
    • Melanie performed a survey looking at PhDs who graduated between 2004 and 2014.
    • Many respondents happy with their jobs after academia and wanted to become part of the survey.
    • According to the survey (n > 4K people):
      • 68% have one postdoc
      • 27% 2 postdocs
      • 4% 3 postdocs
    • What can you do about yourself:
      • Career assessment
      • Correct gaps in education/training
      • Job search
    • Evaluate your interests:
      • What gets you excited?
      • What really drives you?
    • How important PhDs think some skills are required for a job can change between how important they would be at the current job.
  • Values:
    • Work-life balance?
    • Salary?
    • Work stability?
    • Work independence?
    • There’s really no wrong answer
    • In the survey: “Intellectual challenge” was the predominant criteria for PhDs to accept a job.
  • What jobs are out there and how to get them?
    • In her survey sample:
      • 22% are in tenure-track faculty positions (that’s high!)
      • 13% are in non-tenure track faculty positions (seems about right)
    • According to recent NSF data: 14% go into tenure-track faculty
    • According to AAUP data (took into account every faculty position in the US): 68% into non-tenure tracks (adjuncts, contingent faculty) – eliminating tenure-track lines
      • A lot of people do teaching at night and have a day job.
  • A lot of PhDs are staying in jobs within universities – 49% – they like the university vibe
  • Within education – most of them end up in research institutions, followed by (in order from high to low) liberal arts colleges, community colleges, medical schools
    • Example: Jim Gould, PhD – Director, Office for Postdoctoral Fellows at Harvard Medical School
    • Jobs:
      • Academic Advisor
      • Director, Core Facility
      • Biostatistician
      • Grants Administrator
      • Data Analyst
      • Laboratory Manager
      • Technology Transfer Specialist
      • Associate Dean
      • Research Scientist
  • Within government – in order from high to low: federal government, state government
    • Positions:
      • Field Application Specialist
      • Astrophysict
      • Epidemiologist
      • Grants Administrator
      • Chemist
      • Watershed Ecologist
      • Staff Scientist
      • Biologist
      • Consultant
      • Policy Analyst
      • Program Officer
  • Within biotech/pharma – in order from high to low: biotech, pharma, medical devices and diagnostics
    • Example: Manisha Sinha, PhD – Scientist in Drug Development at Biogen Idec
      • Got her job by attending seminars, campus workshops and networking
    • Positions:
      • Vice President, R&D
      • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
      • Product Development
      • Medical Writer
      • Data Scientist
      • Marketing Specialist
      • Computational Biologist
      • Medical Science Liaison
      • Team Leader
      • Technical Support Specialist
  • Within the non-profit sector – in order from high to low: research foundation, professional societies, intergovernmental/nongov’t organizations, educational services, non-profit research, museums and botanical gardens
    • Example: Raluca Ellis, PhD – works as director of The Franklin Institute (climate change)
      • Got her job by taking extra coursework, volunteering for the Cambridge Science Festival, Museum of Science in Boston, etc.
    • Positions:
      • Editor
      • Senior Scientist
      • Statistician
      • Project Manager
      • Science Writer
      • Engineer
      • Museum Educator
      • Executive Director of Education
  • How do PhDs get the extra experience?
    • Networking
    • Self-teaching
    • Collaborations
    • Coursework
    • Professional programs
  • Melanie’s favorite job titles’ according to the survey:
    • Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation
    • Volcanologist
    • Aerospace Physiologist
    • Nanofossil Biostratigrapher
    • Virtual Lab Manager
    • Video Game Designer
    • many more!
  • What do people do on their day-to-day, according to the survey?
    • 40% basic research
    • 36% teaching
    • 34% applied research
  • Was a PhD required for the job, according to the survey?
    • 80% said it was required/preferred for their current position!
    • PhDs in high demand!
  • How do you find a job?
    • Talk to your career counselor or postdoc adviser
    • Network
    • Join professional associations
    • Do informational interviews – meet people in person
    • Save enough time to plan
  • Who are the happiest? PhDs outside of the tenure-track
  • Melanie planning to set up a follow up study/survey
  • Feel free to connect with Melanie Sinche through LinkedIn!