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.  

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.

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

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.  

How do you exactly incorporate science outreach activities in your already hectic lab schedule? Dr, Donna Johnson, an avid science outreacher, summarizes programs that have varying levels of commitment and modes of involvement with insights on what she thought of each.

In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we are giving back to our wonderful postdocs by providing tips for writing a cover letter for faculty applications. Although, there are many factors to consider in your application like a CV and teaching philosophy, a successful cover letter can distinguish you from an endless sea of competitive applicants. We discuss how to present yourself as an invaluable colleague and what to emphasize.

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