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.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:56

A Microbiology Career in the United States Army

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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

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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.
Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:40

Rules for Negotiating Job Benefits

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We give you tips on how to negotiate not just your salary, but other benefits too.  
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:10

The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

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Do you have an interview lined up? We share what to do and not do on interview day!
Oftentimes employers want a candidate that can fill their hiring needs, make the company look good to others, and fit in with the company’s staff. We provide advice on how you can prepare for the interview. First, determine your goals, understand your true value, research your employer, and practice interviewing.  
We share tips on how to prepare for your career early in graduate school.
Dr. Kenneth Gibbs is director of the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program and program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at NIH’s NIGMS. He was previously a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. His impressive career has been guided by the desire to change the culture of science to enhance opportunities for all -- with a particular focus on people from historically underrepresented groups. In this interview with Dr. Gibbs, we learn how he made the transition to science policy.
Some you may want to oversee all of the functions of a clinical laboratory by becoming a clinical microbiology laboratory director. This not only requires knowledge of the clinical laboratory but also skills in analysis, problem-solving, personnel management and more. We provide tips on what you can do to become competitive for clinical microbiology lab director positions.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:04

The Would Haves and Should Haves of Graduate School

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Research suggests that one of the best ways to find out how you’d experience something is to see how others experienced it. So that’s why in this article, we asked postdocs and senior graduate students, “If you could go back in time and do one thing differently in graduate school, what would it be?” Some mentioned researching mentors before doing rotations, and others talked about taking care of themselves. Hear what others said.  
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:00

Working in Industry After Academia

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Dr. David Henderson is a Scientist in the Clinical Affairs Department at Biofire Diagnostics. He shares his thoughts on transitioning from academia to industry, the differences he sees between the two worlds, and offers advice for students and postdocs who are interested in industry.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:59

12 Tips to Finding Postdoctoral Mentors and Labs

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If you are considering a postdoc after graduate school, then read about the do’s and don’ts of picking a postdoctoral mentor and lab.
Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) who work in a clinical laboratory have many transferable research skills that make them attractive to science graduate school programs. The key is marketing these talents in your essays and interviews and to the admissions committee. We highlight some uniquely MLS skills sure to dazzle any graduate admissions committee.
Justin Tettenborn is a Sterilization Specialist for a global medical device company that develops and markets products for orthopedic, surgical and critical care use. He enjoys the freedom of his work because looks forward to applying his microbiology expertise to his team. Although finding his first position out of college was challenging, he recommends that students get job experience of any kind to show your work ethic and ability to function as part of a team.
The New Tech Professional Development Grant was given to clinical laboratory scientists to attend ASM Microbe 2017. They had the opportunity to network with their peers over dinner, share best workflow practices, and sharpen their career goals.  
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:46

Defining YOUR Work-Life Balance

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Everyone is looking for the “holy grail” of work-life balance. Depending on the individual, career stage, and personal life, the perfect balance can be different for everyone. Just as we do our experiments and business meetings, we need to schedule and plan the various aspects of our personal life. We summarize some tips from scientists on how to deal with challenges involving work-life balance.  
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:38

Tips for Mentoring During Your Research Training

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Are you a graduate student who will be mentoring an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate fellow, or master’s student? As a mentor, you will influence the future scientific trajectory of your mentee while gaining necessary management and communication skills to use in several future professional contexts. We share tips for mentoring in the lab while a trainee.  
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:56

Your Common Career Questions Answered

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With the new year around the corner, it’s never too late to think about the next steps in your career and set some resolutions. To help you get started, we highlight the top 5 career questions that ASM receives from students and postdocs and provide short answers.  
Dr. Operario was always interested in applying his science skills to solving global public health questions, no matter how big or small. He developed qPCR tests for enteric pathogens and tuberculosis and deployed them at international centers across the globe by training researchers to use his test. Learn about his career path and what his recommendations are for people interested in a public health career.
Have you ever been on a date where the person was dressed sloppy, or avoided answering the question, or better yet, over inflated their answers. Applying and interviewing for jobs is a bit like dating. And just like dating, it’s important to avoid behaviors and mistakes that are going to leave a bad impression—these “tells” are discussed in the article.  
Dr. Valerie Horsley always knew she wanted to teach and later became interested in research. Her passion led her to become an Associate Professor at Yale University. Although her scientific contributions are stellar, she really shines when it comes to equality and mentoring in academia. Read her tips to navigating academia and mentoring students in the lab. 
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