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Facts and Fiction: Careers in Industry and Academia

This webinar is brought to you by the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office

Recorded 22 September 2010


Trying to figure out the next step in your career? Join us for a roundtable discussion that will look at facts and fiction surrounding academic and industry career options for Ph.D.-level scientists. Get some nuts and bolts advice on how to research career options, what questions to ask, and how to best prepare for various careers.

As you near the next stage of your career, you probably have many questions about various career paths. Do industry and academic careers require different skill sets? How can I best prepare for either career option? Do industry jobs have better compensation? Less autonomy? Do academic scientists have less work/life balance? Are there enough academic job openings for everyone who wants one?

This webinar will explore various options, as well as give you practical advice on making career decisions and focusing your career development towards your ideal job.

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Speaker bios

Robert Tillman, Ph.D.

Director of Faculty Professional Development
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Dr. Tillman is the Director of Faculty Professional Development at Columbia University Medical Center. In this role, he provides support and guidance for faculty members in developing fulfilling careers as researchers, teachers, clinicians, and academic administrators. Previously, he was the Director of the New York Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), where he directed a partnership of over 25 universities, teaching hospitals, and independent research facilities in the New York City metro area and beyond, providing professional development and mentoring. Dr. Tillman received his Ph.D. in immunology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Leslie Pond, Ph.D.

Head, Postdoctoral Program
Education Office
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Cambridge, MA

Dr. Pond is head of the Postdoctoral Program and a member of the Education Office team at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Scripps Research Institute and the University of Dundee, Scotland, where her research focused on the intracellular transport of major histocompatibility complex molecules and invariant chain. Dr. Pond then joined Cell Press as senior editor for the journals Cell and Molecular Cell. Prior to joining NIBR in September 2006, she was scientific editor for Virtual Text, acquired by Jones and Bartlett Publishers. There she was part of a team that developed online textbooks and the cell biology textbook CELLS.

William T. Schrader, Ph.D.

Deputy Scientific Director
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
Bethesda, MD

Dr. Schrader is Deputy Scientific Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the NIH, where he deals extensively with postdoctoral training and career development. A native of Long Island, New York, he received his Ph.D. degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1969, and then did postdoctoral research at Vanderbilt Medical School before joining the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in 1972. He became Assistant Dean of the Graduate School in 1991. He joined Ligand Pharmaceuticals in 1995 as Vice President for Endocrine Research and in 2000 he co-founded XenoPharm, Inc. and served as the company's Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President for Research.

Brianna Blaser, Ph.D.

Outreach Project Director
Washington, DC

Brianna Blaser is the Project Director of the Outreach Program for Science Careers where she organizes career and professional development workshops for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career scientists. Brianna earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of Washington in 2008. Her dissertation, More Than Just Lab Partners: Women Scientists and Engineers Married to and Partnered with Other Scientists and Engineers, examined how women scientists’ relationships with other scientists affect both their professional and personal lives. While at the University of Washington, Brianna was a research assistant at the Center for Workforce Development where she organized professional development activities for graduate students in science and engineering. Brianna earned her B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. She has held internships with the Association for Women in Science and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

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