ASM Careers

ASM Careers

ASM’s careers blog focuses on young scientists seeking career advice, professional development and career exploration. Here you’ll find “a day in the life” profiles on working scientists, tips and tricks on how to craft resumes, find a mentor and transition from academia to industry.

If you are interested in writing for ASM’s careers blog or sharing details about your career, send us an email.  

Dr. Candace Rouchon is a postdoctoral fellow at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She researches biofilm-associated infections caused by the opportunistic pathogen Enterococcus faecalis. She received the ASM Career Development Grant for Postdoctoral Women and attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy to learn more about science policy.

Dr. Amanda Shore is a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University. Her research focuses on how human activity influences the health of a variety of marine organisms. She received the ASM Career Development Grant for Postdoctoral Women and traveled to Puerto Rico to learn more about ecosystems and marine diseases of the Caribbean.  


Putting together a fellowship application may seem intimidating, but there are many skills you get from applying for fellowships. Applying for one can help you develop necessary science writing skills, help you understand how to “sell” your project, and teach you how to implement ideas on how to use the funding.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 13:17

4 Tips for Getting an Industry Postdoc

Have you considered doing a postdoc in industry and currently applying? Are you applications be turned away? Try to network well before applying & tailor your application materials. Read more tips to help you get an industry postdoc. Happy applying!


Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:44

Factors to Consider for Industry Postdocs

Are you in between academia and industry, and need help deciding which path to go down? We describe the opportunities and challenges of joining industry with a microbiology background - some of which include plenty resources and opportunities for growth, while the downsides are restrictions on what and when to share.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:21

How to Prioritize Projects in a Corporate Company

Prioritization is something we all do daily, yet most of us never take time to formally develop the skill. We choose to go with our gut feeling, or what “makes sense” at the time. In the corporate world, your work impacts the effectiveness of the business as a whole and resources can be limited. It’s imperative to align your work with the broader goals of the organization and to learn how to strategically prioritize projects so that you achieve the best results and tackle the most important projects first. We give you tips on how to start prioritizing your projects in a corporate company.

ASM was at the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) to capitalize on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) buzz and raise awareness of the microbial sciences. Our volunteers were at the ASM exhibit booth, workshops and career sessions. We talk about the activities at the booth and how you can do science outreach.

There are many options for newly graduated Ph.D.s and postdoctoral fellows like the lesser-known career as a Research Microbiologist in the United States Army. Dr. Gina Griffith did a postdoc at the United States Army Institute for Surgical Research and then was commissioned directly into the Army. She likes the growth potential and varied projects that come with being in the Army.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:39

Making the Most When Starting a New Job

The first few months of a new job are critical in building your foundation for future success. But in all the excitement, many people miss the opportunity. If you take it slow, refine your presentation, and build your relationships, your first few months can be a springboard to your career development.

We share tips on how to prepare for your career early in graduate school.

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