There are a range of options for graduates in the biomedical field aside from “academia" or "industry.” However, figuring out which path is right for you, and how to get there, can be a challenge. The resources below will help you explore your career options.
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- Career Exploration Resources
- NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education
- Foundations of Successful Career Planning and Development Course
- Versatile PhD
- Imagine PhD
- InterSECT Job Simulations
- AAAS Individual Development Plan (IDP)
- The Fantasy, The Ideal, and The Reality of Career Exploration (from UCSF)
- PhD Career Guide
- NY-area virtual Science and Technology Career Symposium
- AAMC First Academic Job Toolkit
- Learning and Training
- University Affiliated
- Office of Academic Career Development (OACD)
- Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development (DPCD)
- Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
- Graduate & Professional Student Government (GPSG)
- Fourth River Solutions (4RS)
- Pitt Science Policy Group (PSPG)
- Innovation Institute
- Big Idea Center
- Women in Bio (WIB)
- Pittsburgh Technology Council (Anyone with a Pitt email address is a member)
- Life Sciences PA (Anyone with a Pitt email address is a member)
- Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
- NIH's Biomedical Research Workforce Report
- Nature Index Rankings
- Monthly Updates from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
- Elements of Good Academic Advising Memo (from Office of the Provost)
- Cheeky Scientist
- Beyond the Professoriate
- Advice for a Young Investigator
Explore current job and funded training opportunities to help you learn about the skills you may need to develop for these careers.
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- News and Job Boards
- Pitt School of Medicine Grad Studies' linkedin group: careers for phd students
- Inside Higher Ed
- Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
- Science Careers
- Fierce Biotech
- Benchspace - Biology
- Benchspace - Neuroscience/Neurobiology
- Benchspace - Immunology
- Benchspace - Cardiovascular/Gastroenterology
- Fellowships or Training grant opportunities
- Postdoc or Staff Scientist positions
- Technical Specialists
- Troutman Pepper - Patent Agent position
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Biologist
Once you have a better idea about what direction you want to go in, we have two pieces of advice:
1. Develop relevant skillsets. Whatever career you decide to pursue, start developing the relevant skillset as early as possible—being a competitive job applicant isn’t just about doing good research (although your research should of course be your first priority).
To explore and develop relevant skillsets, there are graduate student focused internship opportunities within Pitt!
- Science writing internship with UPMC media relations
- The Office of Graduate Studies and the BGSA have partnered with science writers from the UPMC and University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences media relations team to offer a new mentored writing program. Applications for Fall 2021 are closed now. Updates for future opportunities will be posted here.
- Summer micro-internship program with Office of the Provost
In response to the growing trend of PhD graduates in higher education careers other than faculty positions, the Office of the Provost – Graduate Studies is offering a micro-internship program in Summer 2022. Updates for future opportunities will be posted here.
2. Network. There are a lot of highly qualified people applying for every job you’ll apply for. Networking is a gradual, and sometimes awkward process, but in the long run it will make your professional life easier. Having a personal connection to the position or company you’re interested in will help you stand out in a crowd, and a lot of times will be the deciding factor in whether you get hired over another, equally-qualified candidate.
Wherever you are in your career exploration journey, our office is here to help!