Environmental Factor, April 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Biomedical Career Fair Coming April 30
By Laura Hall
Registration for NIEHS and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) postdoctoral fellows began March 19 for the 13th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair to be held at the EPA conference facility on April 30. Registration for NIEHS and EPA fellows, attendees from elsewhere, and exhibitors is free:
- Postdoctoral fellows from nearby universities can start registering two weeks prior to the event
- NIEHS Trainees Assembly (NTA) invites exhibitors from local companies, organizations, and colleges to register at any time up to April 17
The career fair is a one-day event where postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students can develop job hunting skills in workshops, network with company representatives, and learn about science career opportunities to help in planning their future careers. Members of the NIEHS Trainees Assembly, an organization of non-tenure, non-permanent scientists training at the Institute together with fellows from EPA plan and organize the event with help from NIEHS.
Raj Gosavi, Ph.D., co-chair of the NIEHS Career Fair Committee, and NIEHS Deputy Scientific Director William Schrader, Ph.D., will present welcome and opening remarks. David G. Jensen, founder and managing director of CareerTrax, Inc., will give the keynote address, "Street Savvy Science: Aligning Your Career Goals with Job Market Realities."
According to past attendees, the career fair can help with finding future jobs and honing job-hunting skills. "I really enjoyed last year's career fair and found the seminar on writing a resume for a non-academic job very helpful," said Ashley Godfrey, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis.
Postdoctoral Fellow Corinne Zeller-Knuth, Ph.D., introduced herself to one of the panelists during the 2007 career fair, which led to her first job teaching at a college. "While I've decided that a teaching intensive career isn't for me and have returned to the NIEHS for postdoctoral training, it was a great experience and the career fair was essential in the process," said Zeller-Knuth.
(Laura Hall is a biologist in the NIEHS Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology currently on detail as a writer for the Environmental Factor.)
Sessions in Science Career Options at the Career Fair:
- Academic teaching and research
- Regulatory affairs and science policy
- Big pharmaceutical and small biotech industries
- Business entrepreneurship and applied science
- Clinical and translational research
- Science communication and outreach