Career Development Opportunities

New Course in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Skill Development for Diverse Scientific Careers— Spring 2017, B&BS 550b

In the Spring of 2017 we will offer a new course that will address topics that are not currently covered in any curriculum at Yale: biotechnology entrepreneurship; how to run clinical trials, both in academia and in pharma; the business and scientific sides of biotech; strategies for optimal professional productivity; how to convert a CV into a resume; and how to find a post-doctoral fellowship or research residency. 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.


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 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.

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.