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Low level government position

PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:14 am
by Carl
Hello everyone,

I recently received a PhD in microbiology and immunology and could use some career help. I have been on a job search for 10 months and I am losing patience. I just had an interview for a bioterrorism response position with the Centers for Disease Control. The main focus of the interview was the fact that I was overqualified for this position and if I would be willing to perform mundane experiments. I said I would be willing to work under these conditions if this job would improve my chances for getting other jobs in bioterrorism response.

This position is temporary, lasting a little over a year, possibly renewable for two more years depending on funding. Because the position is temporary, I will not be eligible for the governmental transition assistance programs (i.e. I will not get preference for other government jobs). There is very little chance of publishing (and I have a weak publication history). I will get experience in relevant environmental monitoring techniques.

I am wondering if this is a reasonable entry-level position for someone who will want to advance in government bioterrorism response (not necessarily in research), or if this will be a dead end that will leave me even less marketable in a little over a year.

I appreciate everyone's input.