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© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
“Career building: Where do
you want to go and how will
you get there?”
Mary Wi...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Graduate Survey: Uncertain Futures. Nature Jobs (2015)
Most PhD students
expec...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
15% of US postdocs get
tenure-track faculty job
within 6 years post PhD
20% ge...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Chance
favors the
prepared
mind.
Louis Pasteur
(1822 – 1895)
Dans les champs d...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Don’t rely on luck: Plan and prepare
to maximize your career options
• Broaden...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
http://www.biosciencecareers.org/
@BiosciCareer
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Vitae Researcher Development Framework (2011)
Full access
requires
organizatio...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Broaden your transferable skills
http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=936
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
FOPD Glasgow
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Mentor an iGEM team
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Mentor primary school students-
PlantingScience.org
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
http://www.cur.org/publications/publication_listings/
How-to guides for underg...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
ASPB outreach opportunities
Volunteer by emailing katie@aspb.org
2016 National...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Blogging can help you get a job in
science communication
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
If you'd like to take to the soapbox and
contribute a guest post, please email...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Develop your visual communication
skills
Create images / graphics / videos
And...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Sun 10 July
•Relationship building in science
communication
•Publishing in and...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Broaden your Network
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Build a mentoring network
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists© 2013 American Society of Plant Biologists
I’m looking for
a postdoc to
work i...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
How do you extend your reach?
Social networks can help
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Social media is not only about pop
stars, selfies, cats and lunch snaps
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Social media is like biology!
CanalizationSignal amplificationSignal relay
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Social media can help you keep up
with the literature and “buzz”
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Social media can help you find job
industry (and other) opportunities
@KWS_Gro...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Your digital profile is important
Scholar
Many journals require this
Everyone ...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Get involved in professional
societies
Teaching
Work-life balance
Travel award...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Klaue, Y. (2015). Get that next job—how to break out of the postdoc trap. Mole...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Klaue, Y. (2015). Get that next job—how to break out of the postdoc trap. Mole...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
What do you want to do?
Academic positions: principal investigator, research f...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
What do you really enjoy?
Could you be happy if you weren’t a PI?
How importan...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/
http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Save the date for the next Naturejobs Career Expo in Düsseldorf :
18 November ...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
http://www.kws-uk.com/go/id/cioa/
Your profile:
• MSc or Ph.D. in plant breedi...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Highlight your transferrable skills in
your CV
Instead, Emphasize transferrabl...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
http://www.sciencedirect.com/s
cience/book/9780125893763 http://sciphd.com/
ww...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Preparing for academic jobs
What do universities / departments want?
Candidate...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
http://jobs.botany.org/
http://my.aspb.org/?page=Career_Center
Where to look:
...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
What to prepare
• CV
• Cover letter – Demonstrate your sensitivity to
mission,...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Academic positions: The interview
and application process
Often the first step...
© 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
Chance
favors the
prepared
mind.
Louis Pasteur
(1822 – 1895)
Dans les champs d...
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  1. 1. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists “Career building: Where do you want to go and how will you get there?” Mary Williams The Plant Cell American Society of Plant Biologists mwilliams@aspb.org @PlantTeaching
  2. 2. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Graduate Survey: Uncertain Futures. Nature Jobs (2015) Most PhD students expect to pursue an academic career
  3. 3. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists 15% of US postdocs get tenure-track faculty job within 6 years post PhD 20% get non-tenure track academic jobs Nature 472, 276-279 (2011) Others get jobs; •In industry •In government (policy, forestry etc) •In non-research, science related jobs •Or move into non-science related jobs 30% of US biology PhD graduates do not do a postdoc
  4. 4. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Chance favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895) Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés
  5. 5. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Don’t rely on luck: Plan and prepare to maximize your career options • Broadening your experience and expertise (including transferrable skills) • Broadening your footprint (getting your name known) • Preparing for academic jobs • Preparing for non-academic jobs
  6. 6. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists http://www.biosciencecareers.org/ @BiosciCareer
  7. 7. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Vitae Researcher Development Framework (2011) Full access requires organizational membership
  8. 8. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Broaden your transferable skills http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=936
  9. 9. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists FOPD Glasgow
  10. 10. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Mentor an iGEM team
  11. 11. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Mentor primary school students- PlantingScience.org
  12. 12. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists http://www.cur.org/publications/publication_listings/ How-to guides for undergraduate research mentors Mentor an undergraduate researcher
  13. 13. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists ASPB outreach opportunities Volunteer by emailing katie@aspb.org 2016 National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee March 31–April 3, 2016 November 3-6, 2016 Denver, Colorado
  14. 14. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Blogging can help you get a job in science communication
  15. 15. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists If you'd like to take to the soapbox and contribute a guest post, please email blogs@nature.com. Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog All under one leaf (UK Plant Science Federation) Annals of Botany Blog Biology Fortified GARNet (UK Arabidopsis Research network) Global Plant Council In defense of plants John Innes Student Voice Committee Kew Science blog Morsels for the Mind (Within each post, scroll down to Beautiful Botanicals) Phytogen (Australian Society of Plant Scientists) Roots and Shoots (Plant science summaries from eLIFE) Roots and Shoots blog (Danforth Plant Science Center) The Botanist in the Kitchen Dr. M Goes Wild (Jonathan Mitchley, University of Reading) Awkward Botany (Daniel Murphy) Plant Scientist (Sarah Shailes) PhD and the Single Mom (Jen Ro) New Under The Sun (Johnna Roose) The Quiet Branches (Ian Street) Create or contribute to a blog
  16. 16. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Develop your visual communication skills Create images / graphics / videos Andy Brunning Chemistry Teacher >150,000 followers on facebook >14,000 followers on twitter Alex Wild Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas/Austin
  17. 17. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Sun 10 July •Relationship building in science communication •Publishing in and reviewing for The Plant Cell •PUI networking workshop: Funding research at PUIs •Bioinformatics resources for plant biology research Mon 11 July •Ethics, writing, and social media: Communication pre- and post- publication •Membership committee workshop: Job offer? Negotiating for success before you sign Sun 3 July Careers Day: Creative communication – getting started Mon 4 July Enhancing biology education 2017 - Gothenburg 2017 - Honolulu
  18. 18. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Broaden your Network
  19. 19. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Build a mentoring network
  20. 20. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists© 2013 American Society of Plant Biologists I’m looking for a postdoc to work in my lab – do you have any good graduate students? Yes – I’ll have her get in touch with you We’ve got a job opening in my department – do you know any good candidates? Yes – send me the ad and I’ll pass it on Once upon a time, it was all about who you knew and who knew you. To some extent, it still is. How do you ensure that you learn about “word-of-mouth” opportunities?
  21. 21. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists How do you extend your reach? Social networks can help
  22. 22. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Social media is not only about pop stars, selfies, cats and lunch snaps
  23. 23. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Social media is like biology! CanalizationSignal amplificationSignal relay
  24. 24. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Social media can help you keep up with the literature and “buzz”
  25. 25. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Social media can help you find job industry (and other) opportunities @KWS_Group @MonsantoEurope @MonsantoCo @Bayer4Crops @Syngenta @SyngentaCropUK
  26. 26. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Your digital profile is important Scholar Many journals require this Everyone should manage their Google Scholar profile – it is very discoverable Do you have a page on your institutional website? If not, ask!
  27. 27. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Get involved in professional societies Teaching Work-life balance Travel awards Careers advice Outreach opportunities Industry contacts
  28. 28. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Klaue, Y. (2015). Get that next job—how to break out of the postdoc trap. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 26: 3700-3703. How do you decide what is the best career path for you?
  29. 29. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Klaue, Y. (2015). Get that next job—how to break out of the postdoc trap. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 26: 3700-3703.
  30. 30. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists What do you want to do? Academic positions: principal investigator, research fellow Writing-related careers: science writing, editing, science journalism, publishing, public information/communications Education: university teacher, high school teacher, curriculum development Policy-related careers: science policy (public sector, think tanks, etc), educational policy, management of science services or societies Law-related careers: patent agent, patent attorney, technology transfer Healthcare-related careers: public health, genetics counseling, bioinformatics Careers related to the business of science: management consulting, business development in a biotech company, venture capital, market research, investment banking, technical sales, technical support Government science careers: bench science in a government lab, public health agencies, testing and measurement (USDA, FDA), intelligence agencies Research service careers: research management, biocuration, public funding of research, private funding of research (foundations) *list courtesy of UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development
  31. 31. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists What do you really enjoy? Could you be happy if you weren’t a PI? How important is money? How important is job stability? Where do you want to live? Do you like to teach? Do you like to manage others? Do you like to write? What are your personal goals and values? Research job opportunities Talk to everyone you meet Read NatureJobs, Science Careers, LinkedIn What do you want to do?
  32. 32. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/ http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/
  33. 33. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
  34. 34. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Save the date for the next Naturejobs Career Expo in Düsseldorf : 18 November 2016 ! Preparing for a non-academic job: Go to a careers expo
  35. 35. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists http://www.kws-uk.com/go/id/cioa/ Your profile: • MSc or Ph.D. in plant breeding or related fields like biology or genetics • Strong bases in breeding methods and particular quantitative genetics • Good bases in molecular breeding • Good bases in agronomy, especially cereals • Good understanding of population-, line- and hybrid breeding • Skills and ability to work in multidisciplinary teams • Excellent communication skill, especially in oral and written communication • Good English language skills; German language skills would be useful for positions in Germany • Flexibility to travel Read job ads. Identify what skills you need, what employers want
  36. 36. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Highlight your transferrable skills in your CV Instead, Emphasize transferrable skills: Raised funds Managed people Complied with health and safety regulations Assessed risk Assessed impact Reported outcomes Don’t say “Helped out at Fascination of Plants Day” Before you say yes, consider how you will include this activity on your CV. Get a title for your role
  37. 37. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists http://www.sciencedirect.com/s cience/book/9780125893763 http://sciphd.com/ www.linkedin.com http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/ https://versatilephd.com/ https://www.vitae.ac.uk/ Resources are abundant Seek them out!
  38. 38. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists
  39. 39. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Preparing for academic jobs What do universities / departments want? Candidates who are: able to secure external funding (grants) able to publish high-quality research good colleagues good teachers good “citizens” – record of service to journals, societies good fit (fill gaps but provide opportunities for collaboration) sensitive to the mission of the organization
  40. 40. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists http://jobs.botany.org/ http://my.aspb.org/?page=Career_Center Where to look: •Science •Nature •Professional society websites •Chronicle for Higher Education – (chronicle.com)
  41. 41. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists What to prepare • CV • Cover letter – Demonstrate your sensitivity to mission, show that you are a good fit, summarize your research accomplishments and goals, teaching experience (if relevant) etc • Research statement – Elaborate on your research accomplishments, skills, goals, expectations, funding and plans for funding • Teaching statement (philosophy) – Elaborate on your teaching accomplishments, skills, goals, expectations, funding and plans for funding • (Provide these materials to your referees)
  42. 42. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Academic positions: The interview and application process Often the first step is a phone or skype call, which can be formal or informal Next comes a campus visit that includes a “job talk” to the department, maybe a “teaching talk” to students, and one-on-one meetings with faculty and administrators If you are “the one” you will negotiate salary, start-up funds, equipment, staff, time to tenure decision, teaching duties etc. Maybe 10 – 20 people Maybe 3 – 6 people “How to negotiate” workshop at Plant Biology 2016
  43. 43. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists Chance favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895) Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés

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