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25th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

December 8, 2022

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Josh Henkin (Keynote - The Universe of Careers Waiting for You – Plan Now for Your Success)
The universe of careers available to STEM graduates outside of academia is widespread and exciting. Oftentimes, STEM graduates have limited knowledge of the types of careers they can pursue upon completion of their education and training. This workshop describes strategies to explore career opportunities based on a variety of factors (e.g. personal interests, industry trends, desired geography). Attendees will also be introduced to tools they can use to identify potential careers of interest and to gain skills that will enable them to be strong candidates for the positions they seek when they are ready to start applying for jobs.
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Patrick Brandt (Workshop 1 - Using LinkedIn effectively for Career Exploration, Networking and Job Hunting)
In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Brandt will demonstrate ways that trainees can use LinkedIn to search for career opportunities, network with professionals in careers of interest, and prepare for interviews. Specific topics include: 1. Simple ways to move from a mediocre LinkedIn profile to a polished and professional one 2. How to grow your network before you need it 3. Ways to use LinkedIn to gather valuable information about potential employers and career options 4. How to use LinkedIn when preparing and tailoring job documents 5. Using the Alumni feature in LinkedIn 6. Using the advanced search options effectively 7. Various Linkedin dos and don’ts 8. Linkedin job searching
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Opportunities in the Federal Government (Career Panel 1)
Scientists with bench or non-benchwork backgrounds often land jobs within the federal government where they may not be doing research directly but work in research-related positions that involve the funding of science, regulation of technology produced by scientific research, science policy, legal concerns, clinical research protocols, science communication, training and education, and much more. Government positions such as Environmental Engineer, Epidemiologist, Health Scientist, Program Officer, Scientific Reviewer, and Statistician are just a few of the many diverse positions available within federal agencies that provide opportunities for scientists to apply their research knowledge and experience in unique and rewarding ways. Panelists who currently work for federal agencies will discuss the duties and responsibilities of their positions and share how their career journey led them to seek a non-traditional research position within the federal government.
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Careers in Non-profits and NGOs (Career Panel 2)
Are you interested in doing research while contributing to a good cause? Are you interested in pursuing a career in research through a non-traditional pathway? Do you want to apply your research skills in pursuing a career which leads to development of strategies and policies to improve public health? Are you looking for opportunities which allow you to leverage your scientific and technical skills to work on projects which have a positive impact on global health? There are several such opportunities available in non-profit and non-governmental organizations for scientists across disciplines to achieve their career goals. These positions can focus on several areas including public health, public policy, development and implementation of interventions, epidemiology, and data science. Please join this panel to hear from professionals who have transitioned from an independent scientist to working in unique positions outside of academia and used their skills to advance science in different settings. This panel will discuss the different types of roles you can pursue in non-profit and non-governmental organizations. The panelists will share their experiences in working in the non-profit industry and offer career advice for identifying and applying to similar positions.
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Careers in Consulting (Career Panel 3)
Are you a problem solver, an out of the box thinker, and enjoy the potential to utilize your skills to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders? The field of biomedical consulting covers a broad range of industries, organizations, clients, and topics. Whether you want to work independently or as part of a consulting firm, biomedical consulting can include product development, regulatory strategy, and pharmacology/toxicology. In this panel, we will discuss exciting opportunities in the field of consulting including how to transition from other fields to consulting and what skills are needed to find yourself in a successful consulting position.
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Stevie Eberle (Workshop 2 - Interview Preparation for Biomedical Scientists )
This workshop explores how to identify and communicate your value across myriad sectors within the biomedical sciences. We will explore how to respond to any question, whether standard or unexpected, by understanding hiring managers’ intent behind them. Finally, we will finish with recommendations for managing anxiety.
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Exhibitors
This session is open for groups that would like to advertise their organization/company/product/job openings. Attendees are encouraged to attend and network with potential employers and learn about local biomedical groups.

December 9, 2022

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Lori Conlan (Workshop 3 - Overview of the Industry Career Landscape)
A key difference between industry and academia is that in industry you are expected to produce something of value to your company and the shareholders – this is the business side of science. A scientist with a doctorate degree can assume numerous roles in an industry setting, including technology management, business development, project management, marketing, technical sales, regulatory affairs, quality control, quality assurance, technical support, patents, financial analysis, human resource recruitment, medical science relationship building, clinical research management, and corporate communications. This session will highlight these career opportunities and provide insight into how to position yourself to be competitive for these jobs.
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Teaching Positions in Academia (Career Panel 4)
Are you interested in guiding and instructing the next generation of science communicators, researchers, and doctors? Often, the first steps of a young scientist start in the classroom which is why teaching is considered to be one of the most personally fulfilling careers out there. However, it may be mystifying to both early and late career scientists as to how to infiltrate the landscape of teaching in academia when one doesn’t know the full scope of positions available. This session will highlight the possible career progression of a scientist in academic teaching and provide insight into diversity of teaching positions in academia.
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Careers in Data Science and Informatics (Career Panel 5)
Rapidly growing data driven world, job opportunities for individuals interested in data analysis through programming, algorithm development, and bioinformatics, etc. It could be challenging to figure out which will be best for you: academia, government, non-profit, industry? Even within the private sector, would working for a contract research organization be a good fit for you? How much intellectual freedom does one really have in all these, anyway? This panel discussion will give you the opportunity to speak with data scientists from these different sectors and a variety of career backgrounds to learn about career possibilities and challenges within the broad realm of data science and informatics.
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Tammy Collins (Workshop 4 - A Step-by-Step Approach to Negotiating Non-Academic Job Offers with Confidence)
You’ve landed several interviews and now you have a job offer—congratulations! Your excitement may cause you to want to accept the new offer on the spot. However, taking time to catch your breath, evaluate the offer wholistically, and assess what is most important to you will set you up for success in negotiating a better deal. In this presentation, you will learn about how to manage your emotions during the negotiation process while exploring strategies for fully evaluating the offer’s value. Having this information in hand will help you to decide where you need to negotiate based on what is most important to you personally. Is the salary simply too low? Do you need the ability to work remotely? How much will this new employer contribute to your retirement? Next, you will learn how to make the ‘ask’ based on knowing what you need as well as knowing what value you bring to the new organization. You should walk away from this presentation with tools in hand to enter into job offer negotiations with confidence.
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Scientists (Career Panel 6)
Are you interested in translating your expertise to a scientific product, but unsure of how to bring your invention to market? Did you know that various fellowships for post-docs are available to help train prospective entrepreneurs, with funding from academic institutions, government, and industry? In this session, you can learn about the resources available to scientists interested in developing their own biomedical ventures. The panelists will discuss their experiences as entrepreneurs and share insights on how to recruit a team, secure funding, and create a sustainable business.
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Bench Science in R&D (Career Panel 7)
Not everyone wants to be a professor or primary investigator, or have to teach or write grants and funding proposals, or maybe one wants to gain more experience and confidence before taking on the responsibility of calling all the shots. Luckily for those who just want to focus on their passion for bench-top research, these career routes are not the only options. There is a variety of opportunities in academia, industry, and government for people from the baccalaureate level all the way through postdoctoral training to stay at the bench. This career panel will discuss what such jobs look like on a day-to-day basis, and compare and contrast the lifestyles between academia, industry, and government. It will approach the range of opportunities, explore how to develop the necessary skills to obtain the right position, and discuss advice on how to pursue this career path.
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Exhibitors
This session is open for groups that would like to advertise their organization/company/product/job openings. Attendees are encouraged to attend and network with potential employers and learn about local biomedical groups.
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