Career Development Opportunities

New Course in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Skill Development for Diverse Scientific Careers— Spring 2019, B&BS 550b

In the Spring of 2019 we will offer the Skill Development for Diverse Scientific Careers course that will address topics that are not currently covered in any curriculum at Yale: Transitioning from academic research to a career in biotechnology; Careers in library science for PhDs; Biosafety careers for PhDs; Strategies to increase productivity in biomedical science; Preparing for the business side of biotech/pharma; Effective use of 'big data' in research; large numbers are useful but they aren't a cure all; The practice of resilience for early career scientists; Biotech start-up entrepreneurship; How to take the first step: Phase I clinical drug trials; Your personal marketing plan: how to write a resume tailored to your career search; and Grant funding for biotech-academia collaborations. This course is offered by Program Director Susan Baserga, M.D., Ph.D. in conjunction with Anthony Koleske, Ph.D. and Barbara Kazmierczak, M.D., Ph.D. It has been initiated through an Administrative Supplement from the NIH to the parent training grant (T32GM007223). The link to the syllabus can be found here

Below are the presentations from the Spring 2019 Skill Development for Diverse Scientific Careers Course

Past Skill Development for Diverse Scientific Careers documents


In an effort to expose our student to the wide variety of career options that a Ph.D. in the biological sciences opens up for them, we continue to bring scientists to Yale to talk about their career choices and to network with the CMBTP students. 

On September 20, 2017, David H. Grimm, Ph.D., presented a talk entitled “Stop talking like a scientist: communicating research to the general public” to the Yale community. Dr. Grimm is a 2004 Ph.D. graduate of the Genetics Department at Yale, and a former trainee of the Predoctoral Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Yale. He is currently the Online News Editor for Science. His talk was sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, the Yale Scientific and Saybrook College.

Dr. Grimm recounted how, during his graduate years at Yale, he discovered that his real passion lay in writing about science for the general public. To develop and sharpen these writing skills, he wrote for the Yale Daily News, and participated in starting the B Magazine (for graduate students in the biological sciences) and Palimpsest (Yale Graduate Arts and Literary Magazine). He won a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship ( and was a fellow at US News & World Report. Following graduation, he was an intern at Science, which led to his current position.

Giving scientists tips on how to break down their research to talk to the public, Dr. Grimm suggests that we think hard about the answers to these 5 questions:

1. What do we know already?

2. What don’t we know?

3. What did you do?

4. What did you find?

5. Why do we care?

The audience followed-up with a number of questions for Dr. Grimm, ranging from the future of science writing to how you break into the field.

On November 17, 2015, Tamara Darsow, Ph.D., Vice President, Research Programs, American Diabetes Association in Washington, D.C. talked about “Science for Good: Opportunities for Scientists in Voluntary Health Organizations.” Here you find a link to her slide deck. Student feedback indicated that her talk served as a true inspiration to the attendees. We will continue to host these career development workshops from time-to-time.

Virtual career advice bookshelf in the Yale Medical Library

The CMBTP has bought a collection of career advice books for the Yale Medical Library. These materials are catalogued as a "virtual" collection, and may be helpful to our trainees as informational content and as “paper mentors”. The titles in this collection can be pulled up by searching Orbis, the library catalog, for the phrase "Biomedical Sciences Careers Collection," or by clicking here

Listed below are the titles that we have so far. We are happy to take suggestions for others.

Academic scientists at work: navigating the biomedical research career by Jeremy M. Boss and Susan H. Eckert. 

Career options for biomedical scientists edited by Kaaren Janssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Richard Sever, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. 

PhD is not enough!: a guide to survival in science by Peter J. Feibelman

Career opportunities in biotechnology and drug development by Toby Freedman. 

Academic job search handbook by Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong. 

Coach's guide for women professors who want a successful career and a well-balanced life by Rena Seltzer, foreword by Frances Rosenbluth. 

Innovation Generation: how to produce creative and useful scientific ideas by Roberta B. Ness.

Next Gen PhD, A Guide to Career Paths in Science by Melanie V. Sinche

Career Development Bulletin Board

The Program Director, Susan Baserga, M.D., Ph.D., posts articles of relevance to career opportunities and to diversity in science outside of her laboratory in the hallway of C wing in the Sterling Hall of Medicine. She also features related articles written by trainees and trainers of the CMBTP.