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Exploring Diverse Careers in the Life Sciences

The value of venture capital invested in a particular field is often a leading indicator of new company formation, future innovation, and employment.  In the life sciences, recent indicators suggest increasing career opportunities across many new and well-established institutions and corporations (see charts below).

PhD employment in this field is already significant, and growing.

More importantly, this STEM-driven field touches so many parts of the economy and society that a wide range of positions are available, from medical writers to marketing, research and lab opportunities, business roles, communication, intellectual property specialists, and teaching.

To learn more, check out the Bureau of Labor statistics site which provides a detailed overview of life science employment by geography, type of institution, average salary levels and other useful data, all providing a good starting point for any job research in the field.

We also collected a sample of diverse opportunities available to peruse below, as well as more life science jobs on our SmartJobs page.

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Science Writer, Walensky Labs, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Marketing Manager, NanoView Biosciences

Director, Regulatory Affairs, Kezar Life Sciences

Director, IP Counsel, Biogen

VP, Strategic Partnerships, PathAI

 

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Project Team Leader gRed, Genentech

Research Scientist, Translational Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Broad Institute

Biological Data Scientist, Axle Informatics

Senior Medical Writer, Institute of Medical and Nursing Education (IMNE)

Cancer Epigenomics and Computational Analysis, Hodges Lab (Post-Doc)

 

For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page.  Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.

If there are areas of work you would like us to explore in more depth, please contact at smartjobs@versatilephd.com.  We want to hear to you.

Technical Writing and Research in Public Policy

Domain expertise and excellent writing skills can be a powerful combination in the job market, as represented in this week’s cache of open positions.  Specifically, we found significant demand for technical writing skills related to public policy across a range of specialties, from forestry to fiscal policy to medical human rights issues (see below).  Private sector, foundations and policy shops need PhDs and other advanced degree holders to solve problems and support advocacy across a range of issues–and those with applied research and writing acumen are well placed for meaningful careers in this field.

To learn more, peruse some information here as well as links to medical, science and technical writing associations.  Or check out median salary and related data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics including future estimated hiring trends (above the national average).  Finally, reading through specific job postings might also provide you with a better sense of what potential employers are looking for and want to achieve (as well as clues to how you might fit with the job).

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Senior Researcher, The Boston Consulting Group

Senior User Experience Researcher, The New York Times

UX Researcher, Ro

Technical Writer, Learning Capabilities and Technology

Technical Writer, Veeco Instruments

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Post-doctoral, Machine Learning in Drug Design, Pfizer

Senior Researcher, Physicians for Human Rights

Senior Medicaid Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research

Program Manager, New York Academy of Sciences

Technical Writer, Medtronic

For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page.  Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.

If there are areas of work you would like us to explore in more depth, please contact us at smartjobs@versatilephd.com.

We want to hear from you.

There are still more museums than Starbucks. They Need PhDs.

A few years ago an article in the Washington Post explained that there are more museums in the US than Starbucks and McDonalds combined. Many people, in disbelief, had to look it up. That statement is still true today.

According to the American Alliance of Museums, museums support more than 726,000 jobs, and for every direct museum job an additional job is supported elsewhere in the economy.  There are over 35,000 museums in the US supporting 850 million visits each year.  Researchers, curators, digital content specialists and executives are all well represented–including those with PhDs in the humanities and sciences.  Indeed, demand for museum employment is expected to outstrip demand for all occupations on average between 2016 and 2026 (see the chart below, you can read more here.)

 

Here is another perspective.  A quick search on the Department of Labor’s O*Net under “museums” lists several occupations, including:  Librarians, Curators, Historians, Art Therapists, Archivists, and Museum technicians and Conservators. If you click through any of these classifications a wide range of job titles, classifications and transferable skills are listed, providing possible clues for you in your employment discovery and search. One thing is clear: museums and libraries require a vast collection of knowledge and skills, from almost every field of study.

We have collected a sample cluster of jobs, and others posted on our site, to get started. We would also encourage you to use these examples as a point of reference for future searches in your field of interest. And if there are areas you would like us to explore in more depth, please contact us at smartjobs@versatilephd.com

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Conservator, Smithsonian Institute

Slavic and European Studies Librarian, U Chicago

SVP, White House Historical Association

Senior Product Manager, Global Learning, Pearson

Research Assistant, European, Dallas Museum

Interactive Media Producer, Cortina Productions

Head of Teaching and Learning, Rare Books, Houghton Library

STEM

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Vertebrate Paleontology

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Natural History Museum, Dinosaur Institute

For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page.  Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.

Digital Games and Cybersecurity: Fun with a PhD?

 

Our latest research reveals deep demand for PhD skills across the digital domain and cyberspace, from engineers to storytellers and editors.  But is it all a game?

This week we look at gaming, including AR/VR applications, and cybersecurity.  Today’s “video gaming world” has over 2.5 billion gamers worldwide and is approaching over $90 billion in annual sales; indeed, it will continue to propel demand for new ideas and professionals with expertise for years to come.  Moreover, the “gamification” of many industries suggests that we are still at the early stages of video and game design application, with new forays into digital health and wellness, aerospace, politics, technology, human resources and education, to name only a few.  Higher-order skills are needed across data science and engineering as well as in the humanities, such as social and consumer analysis, the writing of fiction and non-fiction, and design thinking, to name only a few areas.

Cybersecurity, which includes gaming, offers its own separate domain of career paths across private sector industries such as banking and industry and more generally within government institutions. If you are mission-driven, this may be a good fit.

We would encourage you to learn more about these digital industries: the space between working at Riot Games and contributing to US national security offers a wide range of choices.

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Researcher, Unpublished R&D Product, Riot Games

Business Development Product Specialist, Google Play

Interactive Media Producer, Cortina

User Experience Researcher, Yext

Cybersecurity Assessment Analyst, Grant Thornton (Consulting)

STEM

Senior Software Engineer, Data Architecture, Pocket Gems

Digital AR/VR, Senior Engineer, Deloitte Studio

Sr Director, Enterprise Architecture Strategy, International Game Technology

Senior Specialist, Info Security, BNY Mellon

Engineer, Multiple Levels, Dept. of Homeland Security (Science and Tech Directorate)

For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page.  Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.

Human Behavior and Psychology: A New Era of Jobs

 

Working with human factors in decision-making research, user experience, design thinking, financial planning, patient recovery and therapy, and other applications increasingly require skills from a wide range of STEM, social science and humanities disciplines.  Indeed as technological change deepens, many more industries will be seek out the best minds to tackle human and psychological challenges.

To take just one example: demand for psychologists is expected to increase by 19% through 2024 according to Department of Labor figures, but in areas which may not be typical, such as art therapists, aviation psychologists, genetics counselors and traffic psychologists.  In a broader sense, a recent article by McKinsey explains the world of “Corporate Nudging” and its focus on improving customer and employee well-being, a theme which has already migrated to many US and international government agencies.  This trend is in the early stages and will accelerate with machine learning and the ability to harness and interpret larger data sets.

The upshot is that demand for higher-order skills dealing with human behavior–often with a PhD job requirement–exist in almost every industry on the planet.  Below are a few examples, together with a wider array of jobs located on this week’s SmartJobs page.  And for many jobs you don’t need to be a psychologist to apply.

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Research Psychologist, US Department of Labor

Human Services Researcher, Mathematica

Director, UX Research and Innovation, Brilliant Experience

User Experience Researcher, State Farm Insurance

Research Manager, Center for Effective Philanthropy

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Quantitative Research Scientists – Global TIES for Children

Neurorehabilitation Psychologist, Shepherd Center

Psychometrist, UCLA Health

Population Science and Cancer Control, UT Southwestern Medical

Sr Human Factors Engineer, Human Solutions (HSI)

For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page. Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.

Professional research opportunities: a continuing theme

As many readers of this blog know, we have previously highlighted professional research careers and jobs across a range of industries.  But given the flood of research-oriented positions we review on a constant basis, and the close alignment that these jobs have with the typical PhD skill set, we felt compelled to revisit the diverse array of research jobs.

This week highlights education research in Africa to specialists in digital libraries and genomic design, community forestry, computational biology, deep learning and using Big Data for gender studies, with many more positions available on our SmartJobs page.  These jobs often demand a combination stellar writing, analytical, statistical and research design skills, in addition to domain knowledge–and are therefore a perfect fit with our community.

What fits with your background and interests?

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Kleinhans Fellowship for Community Forest Research, Rainforest Alliance

Senior Education Researcher for Africa, USAID

Researcher/Senior Researcher, International Development, Mathematica

Digital Libraries and Metadata Specialist, Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab

Quantitative Researcher, Derivatives and Relative Value, Two Sigma

STEM

Design Research Intern, Foundation Medicine

Officer, Environmental Research and Science, Pew Foundation

Computational Biologist, Amgen

Manager, Gender and Big Data, Data2x

Machine Learning Research Engineer, Osaro

For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page. Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.

A World of Experiential Projects and Internships

With the summer and fall season of internships arriving, PhDs at all stages can still benefit by considering the options available.  This is important because experiential learning opportunities not only can provide career exploration feedback but also allow individuals to immerse themselves in a work environment, expand their professional networks, gain evidence of skills application, earn income (we are focused on paid internships), preview a profession and turn their short-term experience into a full time career.

Moreover, as hiring the “right person” becomes ever more strategic and nuanced from an employer perspective (this past NYT article for employers is typical of the gamesmanship involved), there is no substitute for job seekers gaining actual experience with the people who may be doing the hiring.

Our latest upload includes an array of private sector, government and NGO positions, ranging from marketing and communications to venture capital to biomedical informatics–internships which begin this summer and may extend into the fall and winter.  There are many more to be found on our SmartJobs page and at employer websites across the globe.

We encourage you to explore!

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Air Pollution and Health Interns (Africa), RTI International

PhD Strategic Internship, J.P. Morgan

Marketing/Communications, International Econ Development Council

I/O Psychology Research Intern, AIR

Venture Investments Intern, Hewlett Packard

STEM

Quantitative Analytics Intern, Freddie Mac

Establish Products Intern, Johnson & Johnson

Scientific Intern, Biomedical Informatics

Machine Learning CCDS Intern, Partners Healthcare

Graduate Statistical Intern, SAS

For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page. Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.