Program in Neuroscience
Harvard Medical School
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Boston, MA 02115
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The information on this page is meant to serve as starting point for students who are exploring career options in academia and beyond. Many of the listed organizations and publications are intended specifically for students. Information will be updated regularly; please contact Karen Harmin (karen_harmin [at] hms.harvard.edu) to suggest an update. In addition, students are encouraged to get in touch with the contact people associated with each of the career areas in the DMS "Paths Program."
DMS Paths Contacts
Paths in Teaching - education_path [at] hms.harvard.edu
Paths in Biotech - biotech_path [at] hms.harvard.edu
Paths in Policy - policy_path [at] hms.harvard.edu
Paths in Science Writing - sciencewriting_path [at] hms.harvard.edu
Paths in Consulting - consulting_path [at] hms.harvard.edu
Paths in Law - law_path [at] hms.harvard.edu
Paths in Public Health - publichealth_path [at] hms.harvard.edu
Resources for academic and non-academic career paths. Regular workshops, seminars, and mock job interviews. Also offers counseling, alumni networks, and self-assessment tools. Hosts a job database.
Office of Career Services email subscription service for non-academic jobs and training opportunities.
Office of Career Services email subscription service for academic jobs and training opportunities.
Sponsors periodic workshops in professional development, as well as meet-the-faculty events. Past topics include: careers in venture capital and intellectual property, careers in scientific editing, careers in science policy, careers in biotech, academic vs nonacademic careers, public speaking skills, interviewing skills, and networking etiquette. Both female and male students are welcome.
The Boston chapter of a national organization dedicated to women in science. Sponsors regular events on professional development. Past topics include: how to land a position in a tough economy, effective scientific communication, scientific project management, team-building, negotiation, science policy, and scientific careers in industry. The overall focus of the group is on academic science, but attention is also paid to non-academic career options.
Sponsors regular lunches with DMS alumni working in various careers like biotech or science journalism. Also sponsors regular lunches with HMS faculty.
These 2-day courses have sometimes included topics relevant to professional skill building. Past topics include "Science Writing and Editing" and "Science Presentation as a Performing Art".
A database of DMS alumni who have consented to be listed on the website. The listing for each alumnus includes an email address and information on their current position.
A webinar produced by Science magazine (Science Careers). A roundtable discussion that will look at facts and fiction surrounding academic and industry career options for PhD-level scientists. Get some nuts and bolts advice on how to research career options, what questions to ask, and how to best prepare for various careers.
This booklet can help you use communication skills, collaborating, informational interviews, and online social networking sites to guide you through your career. Produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
A booklet of career advice on topics including choosing a career path, effective networking, getting the most from a career fair, marketing yourself to potential employers and acing your job interview. Produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
A booklet focusing on careers that scientists can pursue outside of research and the skills you will need to develop in order to succeed in nonresearch careers. Examples include technology specialists, patent attorneys, and policy advisers. Produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
Features regular topical news stories on science careers, both academic and non-academic. Produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
A guide to professional development during and after the Ph.D. years, produced by GSAS. This publication is particularly focused on academic job tracks. Some of this material is not applicable to scientists, but there are some useful sections nevertheless. These include "Landing a Postdoc in the Life Sciences", "Minorities in Academe", and sample CVs and cover letters.
A booklet of advice and tips on running an academic research laboratory, produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
A comprehensive primer on many aspects of academic science, produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences Education Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career involving education with alumni, professors and education professionals.
Promotes careers in teaching and science education. Sponsors nanocourses and seminars in career development, teaching, etc.
Sponsors workshops, seminars, and training opportunities focused on teaching skills. May be of particular interest for students interested in teaching at a liberal arts college, community college, or high school. Also sponsors workshops on general public speaking skills and written communication skills.
Another resource for training as a teacher (especially for community college or high school level teaching).
A professional organization of faculty who teach and advise undergraduates, associated with the Society for Neuroscience. A useful resource for those considering an academic career at a liberal arts college or other institution where undergraduate teaching is a major part of the job description.
The leading periodical focusing on current issues in higher education, especially undergraduate education. News, advice, job postings. Enter via the Harvard library system to access our site license for on-line subscription.
Paid part-time positions as Teaching Fellows are available for PiN students in many Harvard courses. Interested students should contact the course director listed in the Harvard Course Catalog. In recent years, PiN students have served as TFs in the following courses:
HST 130 / NB 200 - Introduction to Neuroscience
NB 209 - Neurobiology of Disease
NB 204 / NB 721 - Neurophysiology of Central Circuits
MCB 129 - Molecular Genetics of Neural Development and Behavior
Cell Bio 308qc - Introduction to Histology
MCB 80 - Neurobiology of Behavior
MCB 115 - Cellular Basis of Neuronal Function
OEB 105 (formerly 205) - Neurobiology of Motor Control
APMTH 115 - Mathematical Modeling
MCB 146 - Experience-Based Brain Development: Causes and Consequences
MCB 105 - Systems Neuroscience
MCB 186 - Circadian Biology
MCB 145 - Neurobiology of Decision-Making
Discusses combining research and teaching during a postdoctoral fellowship.
HHMI Teaching Initiative
HHMI sponsors postdoctoral teaching fellowships at many undergraduate
institutions. There seems to be no central listing of these
opportunities, but a web search of "HHMI postdoctoral teaching" leads
to many links.
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences Biotechnology Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries with alumni, professors and industry professionals.
Hosts events and provides services that allow members to explore the world of business and biotechnology. Past topics include: healthcare/biotech consulting, intellectual property & patent law, venture capital, entrepreneurship, globalization, resume preparation, and networking.
A consortium of Massachusetts biotech companies that hosts an online job listing site.
HIC is a student-organized HMS workshop aimed at helping students succeed in medicine and life science entrepreneurship. The course is taught by industry leaders and venture capitalists. Students learn about industry trends in the life sciences, regulatory and reimbursement issues, health policy, startups and startup financing, venture capital, licensing, technology transfer, and othe rmatters related to the biotech, medtech, diagnostics and medical device industries.
A personal commentary on the experience of transitioning from academia to industry.
A news article in Nature magazine on neuropharmaceutical research, recommended by a recent alum in the industry.
A news article in Nature Jobs on industrial postdoctoral fellowships.
Personal reflections from a scientist working in industry, with a
focus on questions relating to industry postdocs.
Harvard Business School offers an online program, HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe), that teaches that fundamentals of business. Graduate students in non-business fields are part of the intended audience for this program. The goal is to develop basic fluency in the language of business through three courses:
Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting.
Some companies, such as those listed below, have established
postdoctoral fellowship programs. However, just because a company is
not on this list does not mean they don’t have postdoctoral positions.
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences Policy Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career in science policy or non-profits with alumni, professors and policy professionals.
A resource for students interested in science policy and communication. Past topics include: applying for policy fellowships, careers in science communication, environmental advocacy, and recruitment sessions with nonprofit organizations.
Sponsors an email listserv, a monthly lunch, regular science communication workshops. Lobbies members of Congress on science policy issues.
The KSG offers courses that may be relevant to students interested in policy. Check the Harvard Course Catalog for current listings.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science manages and administers Science & Technology Policy Fellowships to provide the opportunity for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy.
Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Eligible applicants should have completed graduate studies within the last five years.
These fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments.
Offers recently graduated PhDs exposure to a range of activities regarding science policy and congressional and government relations.
Student volunteers work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts. Volunteer terms are for 90-day periods.
AIBS Public Policy
The American Institute of Biological Sciences offers a Graduate
Student Science Policy Fellowship and Policy
Kaiser Family Foundation database
Links to fellowships and internships in health policy and related fields.
Science Writing & Communication
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) Science Writing and Publishing Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career in science writing and publishing with alumni, science writers, scientific editors and other professionals in this industry.
Focus is a publication produced by the Office of Communications and External Relations. They sponsor 4-month student internships in science writing.
A student organization devoted to public awareness about science, science policy, science communication, and science education. Sponsors evening seminars, a monthly newsletter, "science cafes", and high school outreach events.
A regular publication written by and for DMS students. Articles address newsworthy developments within Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, and the Division of Medical Sciences. Writing for the DMS Bulletin may be a useful way to begin to develop a portfolio of published science-related journalism.
The Journal of Emerging Investigators is a GSAS organization which sponsors an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal. The journal is focused on the natural and physical sciences and publishes original research and review articles written by middle and high school students. The journal is seeking GSAS graduate students who are interested in being a part of the organization. This includes students who are interested in serving as a reviewer or helping with advertising and publicity. Graduate students are also needed to help organize and teach a “writers workshop” for local high school students to learn the basics of writing a science article.
American Library Association Science & Technology Section Discussion List
A listserv for discussion of issues relating to the science and technology libraries. It is specifically aimed toward science librarians and library staff, but anyone is welcome to join the discussion.
Journal of the Medical Library Association
Aims to advance the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship.
Science & Technology Libraries
Covers all aspects of librarianship relating to science, engineering, clinical investigation, and agriculture. Includes articles on the professional training of science librarians.
Medical Reference Services Quarterly
For medical and health sciences librarians working in clinical, educational, or research settings.
Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science - Career Resources
A list of resources for library science careers. Simmons College is the major local library science degree program and hosts alumni activities for library science professionals.
The major local graduate degree program in library science.
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences Consulting Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career in consulting with alumni, professors and consultants.
Pan-Harvard student organization with an active member base of 400+ graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
Offers courses of potential interest to students planning a career in business (e.g., Effective Leadership of Social Enterprise and Operations Strategy, both recommended by a recent alum in the field).
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences Consulting Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career in law with alumni, professors and legal professionals.
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences Public Health Path helps to inform, encourage, enable, and connect students interested in a career in public and global health with alumni, professors, and professionals in the field.