Career Paths



Parsing PUIs (5) – Gauging academic preparedness

When contemplating a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) career, take note that the nature of your job can vary considerably depending on the institution. This is part of a series of blogs that list some salient features of an institution that can affect your work.  Today’s focus – Ga...



Networking: you never know who you’ll end up meeting!

With the start of the fall semester at Penn, On-Campus Recruiting has also now swung into action. Various large firms come out here, giving informational talks (i.e. propaganda sessions) about their work and how to become one of the ‘elite’ who join them. The university also hosts a number of Ca...



Career Tracks in Bioinformatics - A Snapshot of Life as a Bioinformatics Analyst

What’s life like as a bioinformatics analyst at an academic research center? How do analysts apply their backgrounds in life sciences with the analytical and programming skills needed for their work? What are the typical projects done by analysts with ten years experience in this field?



Scientific Media: Gift from the Gods or poisoned chalice?

When I was doing my graduate studies I was concerned about publishing papers and my thesis.  Then once I moved to my first postdoc position I learned that if you have a particularly good finding you are expected to do press releases which may lead to you appearing on TV or the radio!  As s...


Reineke Pohlhaus

Changing Careers, Part I

Now that you know a little bit about what science policy is, and one way of transitioning into science policy (the AAAS Science & Technology Fellowship Program), I’d like to give you a little more information on how I changed careers from being a bench scientist to a science policy professi...



The Popularity Vote for Scientists

Does the public like science? Do the people trust scientists? Sometimes, I wonder. As a young scientist fresh out of a postdoc, a lot of my friends are also scientists. Of course, many of those friendships were forged over those strenuous years of grad school. My friends and I, we’re like-minded f...



Dissecting a Equity Research Associate Job Advertisement, Part 2

Job Advertisement (continued):“In general, we expect our research associates to possess, or have the potential to possess, the following characteristics: Strong writing (if you do not enjoy writing, this job is not for you. You will need to be concise, make strong arguments, and translate scie...



Dissecting an Equity Research Associate Job Advertisement, Part 1

Recently I noticed a job posting for an Equity Research Associate position at a New York City investment bank. If I had not worked in the finance sector, I wouldn’t have understood half the things they included in the description. It made me think about how it must feel for someone trying to break...



Publication plans....redux?

Another blog entry on pub plans? OK, It seemed like a good idea when I first thought of it because pub plans are important and many medical writers get involved in writing them. They are important because phase 2 through phase 4 industry-sponsored, academic and publicly funded drug and medical-devic...



Want to learn about equity research? Start managing your own equity portfolio, sort of…

One of the best ways to start understanding what it is like to be an equity analyst is to start following the markets and putting your ideas to work. Now I am not suggesting you go find a broker and hand over your life savings. Most of you, as I was at that time in my career, probably don’t have m...