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Career Resources

These webpages are intended to be used by not only Jefferson postdoctoral fellows, but Jefferson’s graduate students as well. The majority of programs are open to anyone at Jefferson, except the Intramural Professional Development Programs which are open only to faculty and postdoctoral fellows. The individual career counseling is open to JGSBS postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Please write to Lisa Kozlowski if there are other items that you would like to be included on this webpage.

Also see Seminars & Training for more professional development opportunities.

Individual Career Counseling

Dr. Lisa Kozlowski, Associate Dean in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, offers individual career counseling to both postdoctoral fellows and PhD graduate students. She will advise you on the whole job search process. This includes discussions on self-assessment, information on career paths, contact information for those in the fields, and resume/CV and cover letter review. She works in collaboration with Jefferson's Career Development Center.

As of the Fall 2011 semester, Jefferson’s Career Development Center services were expanded to the students and postdocs of JGSBS.

  • Individual appointments in-person and over the phone on the following topics: Job search strategies, Resume, CV, and cover letter reviews, LinkedIn profile reviews, Informational Interviewing, Mock Interviews, Career Inventories/Assessments (MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory), and Personal Career Planning.
  • Walk in hours on Mondays & Thursdays 12-1pm, fall and spring semesters or call us at (215) 503-5805 to schedule an appointment.
  • On the web: Symplicity, your online career management system
            - Students & alumni post resumes/CVs, search for jobs and find employer contacts
            - Employers post job openings and search for candidates
  • Careers at Jefferson
  • Jefferson Career Center Network on LinkedIn
  • Workshops are presented regularly in the Career Development Center, as well as in-class and for student organizations upon request. Register for workshops through Symplicity, and contact us to speak to your class or club!
  • Two annual career fairs are held on-campus – one each fall and spring semester and an Etiquette Dinner is held on-campus once a year.
  • Contact us:
    Dayna Levy, M.Ed., NCC, LPC, Director
    Katie Damon, M.S.Ed., Career Counselor
    Amelia DiValerio, Administrative Assistant
    Edison Building, Suite 1120

Career Paths for Postdoctoral Fellows Seminar Series

Throughout the academic year, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides up to seven career seminars. These seminars are given by PhD or MD scientists that have gone into a variety of careers from academia to industry to non-traditional, such as writing and venture capital. Some of the speakers have been alumni from Jefferson. Go to the Events Calendar for upcoming events. Past career seminars are also listed. All are welcome to attend these events.

Dr. Kozlowski, Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, is always open to suggestions for speakers or career topics. If you have a suggestion or know of someone that you would like to come speak, please contact Dr. Kozlowski by e-mail or at (215) 503-5750.

Career Survival Skills

In addition to learning about a variety of career paths, postdoctoral fellows need to enhance their career skills, such as networking, resumé writing, presentation, and interviewing. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs hosts both internal and external speakers on these topics. See the Events Calendar for upcoming seminars and access previous seminars through the link below. All are welcome to attend these events. Previous Career Survival Skills Seminars.

Alumni Career Interviews

There are many Jefferson alumni from our biomedical PhD, MS, and postdoctoral programs. Several years ago, the JGSBS Alumni Association bylaws were changed to include as alumni postdoctoral fellows who have trained at Jefferson for at least a year, once they leave Jefferson. Alumni provide a tremendous networking opportunity. Three alumni interviews were conducted by Pragati Katiyar, PhD, Vice-President of Career Development for the Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA). She interviewed a PhD alumnus and a postdoc alumnae for JeffPost 2010, the JPA’s annual newsletter. Excerpts from the interviews are in the newsletter, while the entire interviews can found here.

  • Interview with Steven Bass, PhD, President, Bass BioPharm Consulting Group, LLC
  • Interview with Denise Fitzgerald, PhD, Lecturer in Immunology; Centre for Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Human Resources Training Programs

Some examples of the programs are "Dealing with difficult people," "Dynamic presentations," "Powerful proofreading," "Before and after maternity leave" and much more... A booklet of courses is sent around in September and January. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will also send out an announcement with appropriate classes for postdocs noted.

Intramural Professional Development Programs

Through the generosity of the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, these faculty development programs are open to both faculty and postdocs. Workshops have included grant writing, negotiation skills, teaching techniques, and computer skills such as searching PubMed and using bibliographic software. Please note that class sizes are limited.

Career Books

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has worked with the Scott Library to buy the science career-related books listed here. All these books are now available to be checked out of the library.

Career Basics Booklet

Career Basics Booklet, includes a series of articles addressing all manner of career development issues for potential and young scientists and researchers.

Job Search Strategies

Job Listings

Job listings can be found in a multitude of places. Please look under the following for a
listing of websites.

Chronicle of Higher Education – Academic Jobs
One of the best places to search for faculty positions.

Chronicle of Higher Education – Career Talk
Starting Fresh: A primer for new professors on what to expect in the first year on the job.

Academic Scientist's Toolkit
The Toolkit, produced by Science’s Next Wave, is a fairly comprehensive guide to becoming a faculty member. It groups together in convenient chunks--tools--the most pertinent articles on the topics that you worry about most. Teaching. Lab setup. Hiring and firing. Grantsmanship. And most importantly...getting hired!

Article on applying for faculty positions at a liberal arts college
A Chronicle Careers section of the online Chronicle of Higher Education includes an excellent article written by a science department head at a liberal arts college. People applying for faculty positions at liberal arts colleges should read this article.

BWF/HHMI Laboratory Management Book
This book is a collection of practical advice, experiences, and opinions from seasoned biomedical investigators and other professionals on such topics as grant writing, project planning, and budget, time, personnel, and data management.

AAMC Job Board
The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has launched a new online service, the “AAMC Job Board,” that allows member institutions to post notices of job openings for non-faculty positions at their institutions, and allows them to search for qualified and available personnel in a variety of career areas. Resumé posting, for job seekers, is free.

Negotiating a Faculty Position
An article from’s Next Wave.

Interviewing for a Faculty Position
An article from the Chronicle of Higher Education called “The Fourth Factor for Hiring.”

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
Information on regional hotspots of biotech and pharma, job postings, company profiles,
and much more.

Biotechnology Industry Organization
All things BIO.
Biotech and pharma news and information

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Medical Communications Job Board
The only publicly accessible job board dedicated solely to the Medical Communication industry

Medical Writer Coach
How to break into Medical Communications

NationJob Network
Job search engine with lots of research jobs listed, especially at Wyeth.

The Scientist Supplement on careers in big pharma and in biotechs – June 2005

Additionally, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs e-mails job listings several times a month. If you have not received these e-mails, please send your e-mail address to Dr. Lisa Kozlowski.