This week I refer you to the article entitled “Academia vs. BioPharma: Young Scientists Between A Rock and A Hard Place” written by Stewart Lyman which covers all the points I’ve been trying to make regarding the future of R&D jobs much better than I. I found myself saying “yes, yes, yes” as I read the piece dated April 6, 2015. So here’s the citation for you– http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2015/04/06/academia-vs-biopharma-young-scientists-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/
It’s important to identify the many different jobs out there for which your training might prepare you or preferably identify many options before you finish your education. It is far better to find out what learnings will help prepare you for jobs of interest earlier rather than later. Networking early is critical to learning about jobs. I remember that I was told the only jobs for women were teaching grammar school (or in my case, high school) or nursing by career counselors in high school. At the university I was encouraged to pursue medicine but they forgot to tell me that loans weren’t available for women for studying medicine in the 1960s when I was going to school. Was I surprised to learn after I began to speak with working professionals vs. career counselors in schools that there were a breadth of job categories for which I could prepare that I never knew about.
Although there was more discrimination against women of my generation entering the professions in the U.S., I understand that women from other cultures are still experiencing the same prejudice today.
I encourage current students to find role models and listen to program speakers with interesting jobs and ask to meet with women playing different roles in the life sciences. Clearly, there are insufficient academic and bench positions at companies available today. There’s a world of opportunity but you have to put yourself out there to learn what best fits you.
Upcoming Life Science Events Week of April 12
- Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, April 14, 2015, Topic: “Novel therapies for HIV patients who have failed anti-retroviral therapies,” Ramani Aiyer, Principal, Shasta Bioventures
- GGPF, Tuesday Evening, April 14, 2015, Topic: “Anion Exchange Membranes for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage,” Speaker: Prof. Andrew M. Herring, Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Co
- CABS, Tuesday Evening, May 14, 2015, Topic: Case Studies – How to Protect Against and Avoid Legal Problems on Intellectual Property and Trade Secret in Business Partnerships, Tech Transfers, and Cross-Border Deals,” Speakers: Zheng Liu, Of Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Tom Nolan, Trial lawyer, NAB Law LLC; Heather Newberry, Government Agent, FBI-San Francisco Division
- JLABS, Wednesday Morning, April 15, 2015, Event: “From Chemical to Drug – The Path to a Small Molecule IND Best Practices When Filing Investigational New Drug Applications,” Speakers: Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson; Christopher Flores, Ph.D. | Janssen R&D; Michael Kelley, VMD, Ph.D. | Janssen R&D; Mark Krook, Ph.D. | Janssen R&D; Donald Heald, Ph.D. | Janssen R&D; Katherine Tsokas, J.D. | Janssen R&D read bio»
- Stanford, Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2015, Topic: “The PTO And The Courts;” Speakers: Steve Baughman, Ropes & Gray LLP; Judge Scott Boalick, USPTO; Prof. Dan Burk, Univeristy of California, Irvine School of Law; Aaron Capron, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; Judge Peter Chen, USPTO; Professor Dennis Crouch, University of Missouri School of Law; Andy Culbert, Microsoft; Professor John Duffy, University of Virginia; Ian Feinberg, Feinberg, Day Alberti & Thompson; Professor Robin Feldman, Hastings College of the Law; Dmitry Karshedt, Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences; Christina McCullough, Perkins Coie; Sonal Mehta, Weil, Gotchal & Manges LLP; Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal, United States District Court Northern District of California; Naveen Modi, Paul Hastings; Judge Kimberly Moore, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; David O’Brien, Haynes and Boone; Sasha Rao, Maynard Cooper & Gale; Clement Roberts, Durie Tangri; Gregory Sobolski, Latham Watkins; Dr. Rose Thiessen, Knobbe Martens LLP; Lee Van Pelt, Van Pelt, Yi & James; Eliot Williams, Baker Botts L.L.P.
- Silicon Valley ASQ, Friday Afternoon and Evening, April 17, 2015, Event: “50 Years, Your Partner in Quality”
You can download Audreys Picks April 12, 2015 with complete details on the above and other meetings and conferences through June 2015 by right clicking on the highlighted titles. Also seeJobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough April 12, 2015 for your information. I list mostly jobs in California posted in the last three weeks but you can also find national listings at the websites mentioned.