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18th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

17th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium


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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 8 career panels, as well as an afternoon networking session.

Want to advertise the NIEHS Career Symposium at your institution? Download a printable flyer(891 KB).

Keynote Address

Abstract: Have you ever wondered if the skills you built during graduate school and postdoctoral training would be useful outside the lab? Many Ph.D. candidates and postdocs who seek careers beyond the academy incorrectly assume that employers will not find them or their skills attractive. In this session, you will have the opportunity to identify skills that you currently possess, as well as career fields that might be a good fit for these skills.

Bio: Melanie Sinche, NCC, M.Ed., M.A., currently serves as a Senior Research Associate in the Labor and Worklife Program housed in the Harvard Law School. In this position, she is studying the employment patterns of recent science and engineering PhDs to create a visual map of career clusters. This study will also identify the skills and experiences required to enter different scientific occupations, and will determine whether these were developed in the educational/training period of the PhD or on the job, thus contributing to the national discussion of efficacious training of PhD-level scientists and engineers.

Melanie SinchePrior to joining the LWP, Melanie served as the Founding Director of the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. In this role, she served over 1,200 postdocs from all disciplines, assisting with their career and professional development, and advised senior administrators on issues pertaining to graduate student and postdoctoral scholar training. She has been working closely with the National Science Foundation, the National Postdoctoral Association, and the Graduate Career Consortium to improve data collection on PhDs and postdoctoral scholars across the U.S.

Melanie came to Harvard from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she served as a Consultant and Career Counselor. In this role, she designed, planned, and built the first NIH-wide career center for over 9,000 intramural trainees across 27 Institutes and Centers. Her duties included defining services, recruiting counseling staff, developing workshops, creating content for the career center website, and authoring a careers blog for scientists. Prior to this, Melanie served as the Founding Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has delivered career development presentations and training sessions for universities, government agencies, professional associations, and non-profit organizations across the country. Melanie earned a Bachelor's degree from Colgate University and a Master's degree from the University of Michigan. Melanie completed a second Master's degree in counseling at North Carolina State University and possesses the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. She is currently working on a book-length project with Harvard University Press on careers for PhDs in the sciences.


To decrease our carbon footprint, we will not be printing booklets for all registrants at the symposium this year. The booklet information(1 MB) is now available. 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.

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. Agenda Builder


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.
Download Laptop Form(39 KB)

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