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.

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

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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

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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, 26 September 2018 13:33

Scientific Writing and Social Media

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Did you know that sharing your science on social media channels can help you make connections? Read more about the benefits of sharing science on social media.  
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:21

How to Prioritize Projects in a Corporate Company

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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…
For beginner researchers, you want to do every experiment and work on many projects, and that can lead to long work days and early fatigue in graduate school. We describe four tips on how to manage your time in the research lab so you can achieve a work-life balance and be more productive.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:55

Presentation Tips: A Page From Teaching

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Presenting at a conference has many challenges. As a presenter, you need to succinctly deliver a presentation that touches on 1 or 2 takeaways and covers the diverse viewpoints in the room. The audience chose to attend your presentation with the intention to learn about--and use--the information you share. So how do you increase learning for your audience when presenting at a conference? We discuss 4 ways.  
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:26

Redefined by Academia and Parenthood

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We share insights from someone who was a mom and transitioning out of academia. She shares her story on how she found her career passion and what being a mom while pursuing her career goals was like. She hopes her story can inspire others to redefine their own identities and to share their experiences towards increasing transparency about academia and parenthood.
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.
Thursday, 10 May 2018 09:56

The Experience Needed for Graduate School

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With ASM Microbe 2018 and the Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD) around the corner, we cover a session from last year on tips for improving your graduate school application. Some advice included getting research experience, doing well in your major subject courses, and scoring high on your GRE exam. Read more to learn additional tips.
Friday, 04 May 2018 12:08

Get Started: 5 Tips for Your Resume

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Most people in science are familiar with a curriculum vitae (CV), which is very different from a resume. A resume is an essential component of a job application in industry, non-profit, and non-research jobs. It contains relevant experiences and information that match the job posting. We discuss 5 tips on how to get started on writing your resume.
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:59

Networking in Microbiology

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You’ve heard it several times - the graduate student in Dr. Krebs’s lab who made a significant finding with a newly acquired collaborator. Or Lisa who started a blog after she met Steve, a program coordinator in science communication, while in cross-fit class. Networking creates new opportunities and therefore it’s very important to your research and your overall career. So, how does one network in the field of microbiology? To learn more about this, we reached out to microbiologists to ask for their one piece of advice for networking. The main take-away: do not limit your network to the people in…
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.
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