How important is it to do a postdoc if you want to pursue careers in science communication or policy?

This is an increasingly common question, so thanks for asking Microbe Mentor! The vast majority (~70%) of science Ph.D. students pursue a postdoc after graduation. However, you may wonder if it’s really necessary to do so if pursuing a non-research career such as science communication or science policy. To help answer this question, Microbe Mentor reached out to Erica Siebrasse, Ph.D., and Erika Shugart, Ph.D., for their insights.

Dr. Erica Siebrasse, the Education and Professional Development Manager at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, details how to successfully make the transition from academia to science communication or policy. Dr. Erika Shugart, Director of Communications and Strategic Marketing at ASM, explains what she looks for in candidates when she hires.

Both agree that it is not necessary to do a postdoc for careers in science policy or communication. However, it is necessary to have a solid plan and be passionate about the career path you choose.

Published in Career Planning

ASM members have expressed a significant interest in being able to gain career advice from microbiologists who have “been there and done that” and ASM has responded with an article on what advice they would give to their younger selves.

Published in Career Planning
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