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.
  • Pursuing a career in drug discovery in the past has meant exiting the academic setting to join the pharmaceutical industry, this is no longer the case. Learn about career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, academic drug discovery centers, and NIH Intramural Research Programs and sho...
  • Marie-Françoise Chesselet, professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, focuses on what it was like moving from France, to pursue science and a life in the United States, why leading large collaborative groups was so valuable to her, and more.
  • Michael Oberdorfer, former program director of NIH’s National Eye Institute (NEI) extramural research program, shares his initial childhood curiosity with science and nature, highlights from his training years, what it was like to attend SfN’s first annual meeting, and more.
  • This workshop provides insight for participants who are approaching a career transition, either as progression in the academic pipeline or from one career path to another. Panelists include scientists at various stages of their careers across academia, industry, government, and science social med...
  • In A Look at One Neuroscientist’s Career in Pharma and Biotech, Khan Ozol, a neuroscientist and global head of talent scouting at Novartis, shared his career journey and how he got to where he is today. In part two of this interview, Ozol describes the types of positions available to neuroscienti...
  • In this video, get advice on how to figure out if a summer undergraduate research program may be right for you. Catherine Ubri, a senior at Hunter College, also discusses how to approach your applications and time throughout the program and shares her own experience over the summer at the Center ...
  • No two careers are identical. Yet, all neuroscientists will likely share certain commonalities: the first sparks of scientific curiosity, difficult challenges, resilience to press on, accomplishments large and small, hard-earned wisdom, and support from professional and personal communities.
  • Melissa Harrington is the director of the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research and a professor of biology at Delaware State University (DSU). In this article, Harrington details her work environment and research approach at DSU, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) with approxi...
  • James Geddes is the vice dean for research at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Here, he shares what his transition from pre-tenure to post-tenure was like, including responsibility and institutional culture shifts.
  • What is translational research, and how does it differ from basic science? Two scientists share an overview of translational research, including its key goals and challenges, and how to get started in translational research.
  • How can neuroscientists determine the right career path for them? Understanding what to expect in each field can help you make informed choices that lead to satisfaction and success whether you are just starting out or transitioning later in your career.
  • Are you interested in a career in science policy and curious about different paths to explore? Hear from neuroscientists about their job search to find their current positions and come away with tips on ways you can pursue a science policy career and the types of skills you may need.
  • Catherine Hartley is an assistant professor of psychology and neural science at New York University (NYU), and a researcher within NYU’s Institute for the Study of Decision-Making. In this interview, Hartley shared her experience with and perspectives on interdisciplinary research.
  • 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.