Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
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
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 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.
Chris Miciek, MA
Amelia DiValerio, Administrative Assistant
Edison Building, Suite 1120
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 Cafe - Drop-In Career Services
The Jefferson College of Life Science (JCLS) and the Career Development Center are collaborating to provide all JCLS postdocs and students with drop-in career services.
About: Drop in to have your resume, cover letter, or job application reviewed & your career questions answered. Sit down with a Career Ambassador and work on your documents with their guidance.
When & Where: Every Friday, 1-2pm, Jefferson Alumni Hall, room M61
This is a drop-in service, no appointment necessary.
Career & Professional Development Resources
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.
A resource on all things consulting, including resumes, interviews, case studies, and finding management consulting jobs.
Career Development Events
The Annual Speed Networking Event
Since 2013, the Jefferson Speed Networking event has provided a great opportunity for students and postdocs to interact with scientific professionals from a variey of career paths, learn about their career trajectories and their current roles.
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.
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
Academic Job Links
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
- One Stop Shopping of all government related jobs including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- FDA Commissioner's Fellows Program
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Cancer Institute Employment Site
Website for employment and training at NCI
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education
Excellent resource for NIH careers as well as career and professional development seminars
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Women in Science at the NIH
- 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.
- Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
- Non-Academic Postdoc Listing
- NationJob Network
Job search engine with lots of research jobs listed.