Career Advice

  • You never know when or how networking will pay off with new career options and strong relationships. Discover three steps to lay the groundwork for successful networking on Neuronline.
  • Jennifer Taylor and Casey Henley, neuroscience teachers at Michigan State University, serve as the neuroscience program’s outreach co-coordinators. Read how their careers have evolved to incorporate outreach in an official capacity alongside their teaching portfolio and what they've learned about...
  • Christopher Tobias, the executive vice president and managing director of Dudnyk, tells the story of how he chose to leave academia after 10 years of basic science research. Listen as he explains how the strengths he gained from doctoral work equipped him with a number of skillsets that helped hi...
  • Leah Potter is a medical writer for Synchrogenix. Listen to her discuss her path from Vanderbilt, and how her PhD experience prepared her for a career in medical writing.
  • When Jasna Markovac started her career, she assumed she would always stay in academia. Despite not being directly told about careers outside academia, she found her own way. Read about her journey from academia to publishing and back.  
  • There is a general consensus that we need to broaden neuroscience graduate training to prepare our students for different career paths. However, the vast majority of the careers graduates will pursue have strong commonalities with the regular academic track that Ania Majewska followed. Read about...
  • Peter Crino is a professor and chair of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Read why he pursued a career in researching and finding therapies for human brain malformations.      
  • Jerome Jourquin is a scientific grants manager at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In this interview he talks about the crucial skills he developed in his PhD program, and how he applies this skills to his current position.
  • Twenty years into her career, Wendy Suzuki switched her research focus to examine how exercise affects brain function, and how much and what kinds of exercise people need. Read this interview to learn about Suzuki’s journey and how your personal passions and curiosities factor into your career.
  • Networking is easier than you think with these practical tips from scientists successfully working outside of academia. Hear their personal stories, advice, and insider secrets about networking you can use to help advance your career.
  • Six seconds. That’s all it takes for a reviewer to put your resume or CV in the “keep” or “discard” pile. So to be a successful candidate, you need to make a strong impression.
  • Whether you are looking for your first job or considering changing career paths, it's important to have a strategy for accomplishing your goals. On Neuronline, four neuroscientists who have transitioned between different career paths share aspects critical to making smooth and fulfilling changes.
  • While Khan Ozol was completing his postdoc, he realized he wanted to pursue a different path: an entrepreneurial career, but still focused on science. In this interview on Neuronline, he describes how he became a headhunter and consultant for various industries including biotech and pharma.
  • A wide range of careers in neuroscience is available to students pursuing a biomedical PhD or an MD/PhD. Learn how to balance finding mentors, networking, and acquiring professional skills while in graduate school or as a postdoctoral fellow, and how to plan for career transitions between sectors...
  • The job you choose doesn’t have to lock you into one career path. Listen to Kip Ludwig share his perspective of hopping sectors and get advice for your own transition into a different area of the field.
  • Diversity in the scientific community is necessary in order for science to have a profound impact on global society. We all need to proactively continue working to offer and implement new solutions in academia and societies for a more equal world.
  • In this interactive Meet-the-Expert session, hear Hongkui Zeng discuss her team's experience building platforms and generating large-scale data sets. Register on Neuronline.
  • Skills such as leadership, management and team building are crucial for navigating work environments. Share this instructive toolkit with an audience or use it to improve your own professional skills.
  • Have you ever felt like you could be more open and honest if you were in a more inclusive environment? Research shows people can be more creative and productive when they feel more accepted. Learn more about creating and identify inclusive work spaces on Neuronline.
  • Full-time faculty positions at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) are becoming increasingly competitive. Working at a PUI has its rewards and challenges — the first of which is securing a position at one.