Meghan Mott: Chief of Staff, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at NIH

Please describe your current position. I serve as a representative for the NINDS Director, communicating policy, managing resources, and guiding the Institute’s scientific and administrative functions to accomplish its mission. In this role, I serve as the Director's point of contact for a number...

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Mixing administration and research: academic positions off the beaten path

After seven years as a postdoc at a research-intensive medical center, I decided it was time to spread my wings and begin the search for a new job. In hindsight I probably should have started earlier! At the time, I knew I liked teaching, research, and communicating science to others. The obviou...

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Isaac Strong – High school biology teacher

  Please describe your current position. I am a high school Biology teacher at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, CA. I currently teach freshmen introductory material on Biology. I love teaching Biology, but what I love most is preparing our students to think like scientis...

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Erin Piazza – Associate Bioinformaticist II

Please describe your current position. My position is an interesting niche within bioinformatics, where I get to leverage my understanding of biology and computational skills to perform interesting and varied tasks. This mostly ends up meaning one of two things – biological content develo...

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Venkatesan Raghavan—Associate Consultant with IMS Consulting Group

1. Please describe your current position. I am an Associate Consultant with IMS Consulting Group in New York City. IMSCG is a healthcare/life-science focused management consulting firm that advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on pricing, market access, branding and commercializat...

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Robert Morton—Microbiologist in Industry

1. Please describe your current position. I am the lab manager and I supervise microbiology lab personnel and equipment. I perform equipment and protocol validations for new or existing methods. I serve as the ambassador for the department and I work directly with other departments that require...

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Megan Cox—Postdoctoral Associate at Genzyme

1. Please describe your current position. I work in research & development at Genzyme studying rare diseases in skeletal biology. 2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs? 1 year. 3. How did you learn about your current position? Through a forme...

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Josh Henkin—Founder and Career Counselor at STEM Career Services

1. Please describe your current position. I am the founder of STEM Career Services. STEM Career Services is a career counseling company that specializes in working with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates and postdocs who are looking to start a career outside of the academic ...

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Aathavan Karunakaran—Imaging Scientist

1. Please describe your current position. As an imaging scientist in a small start up (5-10 people) I was responsible for many aspects of an imaging platform for a clinical diagnostic product. (Note: The responses are for a position I held from March 2014-July 2015. I’m presently with another...

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Erin Cadwalder—Government Relations Associate at Lewis-Burke Associates

1. Please describe your current position: I do public and science policy as a government relations associate at Lewis-Burke Associates. We are a lobbying and consultant firm; our clients are all either mid to large research universities or scientific societies and associations. I advocate on th...

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