Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Career Resources


The majority of our 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 JCLS postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Individual Career Counseling

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

In collaboration with Jefferson’s Career Development Center, Dr. Lisa Kozlowski, Associate Dean in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, offers individual career counseling to both postdoctoral fellows and PhD graduate students. She explains the job search process, including discussions on self-assessment, information on career paths, contact information for professionals in different career fields and reviews of resumes/CVs and cover letters. To set up an appointment please contact Dr. Kozlowski.  

The Career Development Center

The Career Cevelopment offers a variety of services including:

  • 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.
  • To schedule an appointment please contact Amelia DiValerio or via phone: (215) 503-5805. Alternatively, use the HANDSHAKE online career management system. 
  • Workshops are presented regularly in the Career Development Center, as well as in-class and for student organizations upon request. Register for workshops through HANDSHAKE, 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

Chris Miciek, MA
Amelia DiValerio, Administrative Assistant
Edison Building, Suite 1120
(215) 503-5805
Career.Development@jefferson.edu

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best. Resources to help you create an IDP:

  • myIDP  is an online career planning tool hosted by AAAS/ScienceCareers.  Create your IDP at http://myidp.sciencecareers.org.
  • ImaginePhD is a career planning and exploration tool. Though this tool was built initially for humanities and social sciences, it has proven very useful in helping with IDPs for STEM fields.  Access ImaginePhD here: https://www.imaginephd.com/  

For a collection of articles on ScienceCareers written by the creators of myIDP, link here http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2013/05/content-collection-myidp

Career & Professional Development Resources

iBiology Courses
Provide video trainig for career and professional advanecement.

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.

Negotiating a Faculty Position
An article from ScienceCareers.org/Science’s Next Wave.

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

NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education
Excellent resource for NIH careers as well as career and professional development seminars.

Management Consulted
A resource on all things consulting, including resumes, interviews, case studies, and finding management consulting jobs.

Career Development Events

The Annual Speed Networking Event

Speed Networking Event

The 2018 Speed Networking Event

The Graduate Student Association (GSA), Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA), Business and Biotechnology Group (BizBio) and the JCLS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs have teamed up once again to provide a wonderful opportunity to network with scientific professionals from a variety of career paths in the form of Speed Networking.

This year we have 16 professionals from 14 different career paths (see event booklet and flyer for more details)

When? Thursday, November 1st 2018, 6-8pm
Where? Bluemle Life Science Building (BLSB) Room 101

How does it work?

Before the event : Browse our booklet, pick your career paths/professionals of interest and register before spots run out (registration info below)

Day of the Event

  • 5:30 pm: Check-in at BLSB 101
  • 5:45 pm: Welcome remarks, introduction and instructions
  • 6:00 - 7:10 pm: One-on-one meetings with the selected professionals
  • 7:10 - 8:00 pm: Enjoy refreshments and mingle. This is a great opportunity to network with individuals you formed a connection with or maybe didn’t have time to meet during the formal part of the event.

Why should I do this? This is a unique opportunity to build and expand your network for professional growth and development, and learn about science career options from the source. It is never too early to start thinking about your next career step! This event is appropriate for all MS and PhD students and all postdoctoral fellows from first year to final year.

Career paths that will be covered: Biotechnology, Drug discovery, Government, Public health, Clinical trials, Hospital labs, Market research, Clinical research, Intellectual property, Management consulting, Medical writing, Undergraduate faculty (teaching)

How to sign up?

Registration is first come, first serve and spots are limited

  • You can sign up to meet with up to three professionals
  • Make sure you don’t sign up for overlapping times. Just one professional per 10 min window.

Registration Link

  • Once you click on the desired career path, the name of the professional will appear underneath.
  • Pick your preferred/available time and fill out your details.
  • Repeat up to three times.
  • All the information about the career paths and the professionals is in the booklet attached to the e-mail.

Questions? Contact Jenny Schneider.

All are welcome to attend the reception after the speed networking event, even if all of the time slots are filled.

We look forward to seeing you on November 1st.

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.

All are welcome to attend these events.

Submit a Topic

If you have a suggestion or know of someone that you would like to come speak at a seminar, please contact Dr. Kozlowski,  or at (215) 503-5750.

Career Books

Scott Library has acquired a diverse group of books on job searches, career paths, mentoring, women in science, writing and presentations.  Click here for the latest listing. 

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.  

Intramural Professional Development Programs

The Office of Faculty Affairs offers professional development workshops for faculty and postdocs. Grant writing, negotiation skills, teaching techniques and enhancing research skills are among the topics covered.  

Career Basics Booklet

The 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

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

HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
One-stop shopping for faculty and staff positions  

AACR's - CancerCareers.org
Offers career services and opportunities to cancer and biomedical researchers seeking to advance their scientific career

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.

Government Departments & Agencies

Industry/Non-traditional Jobs