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PhD to Industry

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 11:57 am
by Melissa
I am a PhD student that will be graduating soon, and am interested in going into Biotech. I have no idea where to even begin, as my advisors feel an academic post-doc would be more beneficial. I would appreciate any suggestions people have on how to approach the search for a position in Biotech.

PhD to Industry

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:28 pm
by Toby
In addition to this post, I was wondering how easy is it to get a job in industry w/ a Ph.D in the life sciences?

With the possibility of so many students leaving academia and going into industry is it more competitive to obtain a position (or will it be)? Also, how easy is it to become a lab supervisor in industry as oppposed to a faculty position in academia? Does politics play a large role in obtaining a higher position?

PhD to Industry

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 5:15 pm
by Bill L.
Hi Melissa,

Your question is kind of large and general (for example, you don't say what your science is or what you are interested in doing outside of academe), but if I had to tell you to start somewhere, it would be to read Peter Fiske's "Put Your Science to Work-The Take Charge Career Guide for Scientists" or "Jump Start Your Career in BioScience" by Chandra B. Louise. Both nicely cover both the career exploration and job hunting skills needed for scientists.

Be well,

Bill L. & Naledi S.

PhD to Industry

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 5:18 pm
by Bill L.
...And Toby,

Your question really is too general to answer. It depends on your area of science, your skills, publications, what you want to do in Biotech/Pharma, how many organizations are in your area, etc.

Be well,

Bill L. & Naledi S.