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18th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

17th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium


agenda at a glance

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What is the NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium?

The annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium (formerly the NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair), now in its 18th year, is one of the largest assemblies of biomedical organizations and young scientists in Research Triangle Park, NC. Targeting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, the Career Symposium provides young scientists with an opportunity to explore a myriad of career options and create a contact network as they plan for their future careers in the biomedical sciences. This year there will be 10 workshops in addition to the 10 career panels, as well as an afternoon networking session.

Want to advertise the NIEHS Career Symposium at your institution? Download a printable flyer HERE.

Keynote Address

We are excited to have Alaina Levine  back to give this year's Keynote Address. Those who attended last year will remember Alaina's enthusiastic, entertaining and highly informative workshop presentations. Don't miss her Keynote Address titled "Accessing Hidden Career Opportunities through Networking and Reputation Management."

Abstract: Most jobs are not advertised, and even if they are, there is usually a short-list of candidates already in mind. So how do you find out about and access the 90% of jobs that are "hidden"? In this keynote, we will focus on strategies and tactics to identify new opportunities, locate decision-makers within organizations, solidify your reputation and brand in the minds of those who hire, and gain access to hidden jobs and career-changing opportunities.

Bio: Alaina G. Levine is a Contributor to National Geographic, science journalist, science and engineering careers consultant, professional speaker and corporate comedian. Her new book, "Networking for Nerds", on networking strategies for scientists and engineers, will be published by Wiley in 2014. As President of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consulting enterprise with a focus on advancing the professional development expertise of scientists and engineers, she has been advising emerging and established scientists and engineers about their careers for over a decade, and has consulted with tens of thousands of early- and mid-career scientific and engineering professionals.

Levine holds degrees in mathematics and anthropology from the University of Arizona, studied abroad at the American University in Cairo as a DoD National Security Education Program/Boren Fellow, and pursued grant-funded research in cosmology and mathematics history. In addition, Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur and was named Tucson Leader of the Year, an honor previously bestowed upon former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona, and a Tucson 40 Under 40 Leader, an honor also bestowed upon former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords the same year. Read her complete bio at .

Featured Presenter

Also of note, we are excited to be hosting Toby Freedman  as a workshop presenter. Toby is an author and the Founder/President of Synapsis Search. A scientist by training, she transitioned into business as a recruiter, writer, and entrepreneur. Her book Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development was published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and provides a comprehensive overview of the many careers in the life sciences industry.

Toby will provide her executive recruiting perspective and the findings of her book based on interviews with over 200 industry executives to discuss the steps to find a job in the current economy. She will also provide a high level overview of the more than 100 different careers in the life sciences, ranging from careers in venture capital to discovery research. She will speak about which careers offer a work/life balance and will compare and contrast jobs in industry, academia, government and non-profit organizations.


To decrease our carbon footprint, we will not be printing booklets for all registrants at the symposium this year. The booklet information is now available on the website under the Full Program tab. This content is mobile-ready and may also be accessed on a smartphone or tablet prior to the symposium or on the day of the event. Participants with Verizon or Sprint can expect good connectivity at the EPA campus. Limited Wi-Fi may be available to those with other carriers.

New this year, we have implemented a custom agenda builder that allows you to select the sessions you would like to attend, create a PDF of your personalized agenda, and add sessions to your calendar. Check it out here!


If you are planning to bring your laptop to the Career Fair, please note that in order to enter the US EPA facility guests must have the attached Laptop form filled out completely. The Laptop form must be accompanied by photo identification, such as a passport or valid driver's license.
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