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Job Searching for Scientists: Tools, Tips, and Essentials

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

Recorded 30 September 2009


Looking for some advice about how to conduct your job search? Join us for a roundtable discussion that will look at academic and industry job searches for research scientists. We'll talk about using networking in the job search process, locating job openings, getting together your application materials, putting your best foot forward in an interview, and negotiating the best compensation package.

Given how important the outcome is and how rarely you have to do it, the job search process can be overwhelming. When should you start applying for jobs? What are the differences between academic and industry job searches? What's the difference between a resume and a CV? Who should be your references? What are employers looking for in an interview?

This webinar will look at the various parts of the job application process and focus on giving you nuts and bolts advice that you can apply to your own job search. After the event, you'll be better prepared to tackle today's challenging job market.

To learn more about Science Careers, go to the Science Careers website.

Speaker bios

Dave Jensen

Columnist and Science Careers Forum Moderator
Founder and Managing Director, CareerTrax, Inc.

Dave Jensen is the founder and managing director of CareerTrax, Inc., an executive search firm working in the life sciences. Previously, Jensen was the founder and CEO of Search Masters International, a top biotechnology executive search practice founded in 1985 that is now a unit of Kelly Services. For 15 years, Jensen has written a monthly column "Managing Your Career," which runs in Contract Pharma. He has published over 275 papers on management and personal development topics in journals such as BioPharm, Genetic Engineering News, and Life Sciences Magazine and delivered seminars and workshops at industry meetings and academic institutions internationally. Jensen also writes the popular "Tooling Up" column of monthly career tips and techniques for Science Careers and is the founder and moderator of the Science Careers Discussion Forum.

Sharon Milgram, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Intramural Training and Education
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Dr. Milgram received a B.S. degree in physical therapy from Temple University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in cell biology from Emory University in 1991. She completed a postdoc at The Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994. Dr. Milgram's research focuses on cell signaling and protein trafficking in polarized cells. While at UNC, she founded and advised the UNC Office of Postdoctoral Services and served on the advisory committee of the Sigma Xi National Postdoc Survey. In 2007 Dr. Milgram joined the NIH Office of the Director as the Director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education. There she directs a trans-NIH office dedicated to the career advancement of over 5,000 trainees.

Orlando Taylor, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Communications
Howard University
Washington, DC

Dr. Taylor is currently Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Communications at Howard University. Prior to joining the Howard faculty in 1973, Vice Provost Taylor was a faculty member at Indiana University. Dr. Taylor is a national leader in graduate education and within his discipline. Currently, he serves as PI on major grants from the National Science Foundation to increase the production of minority Ph.D. recipients in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering and in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Dr. Taylor is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources of the National Science Foundation and of the Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor's degree from Hampton University, Master's degree from Indiana University, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan.

Matthew Sammons

Recruiter, Qiagen, Inc.
Valencia, CA

Matthew Sammons is a recruiter for Qiagen, Inc., the leading provider of sample and assay technologies. Currently he heads up recruitment for the Research & Development, Manufacturing, Quality Services, Regulatory & Clinical, and IT Divisions for North America. Prior to Qiagen he spent over three years working for a nationwide recruitment company. There he helped start a Biotechnology division from the ground up and successfully worked with companies in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Clinical, and Medical Device industries. He has led career seminars at major colleges and universities, as well as Biotechnology Networking Associations, which focus on the many challenges of starting a career in the Biotech industry. Matthew has a Bachelor's degree in business management from Loyola University in Maryland.

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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