Most people who do a PhD and postdoctoral work in the biomedical sciences do not end up as principal investigators in a research lab. Despite this, graduate courses and postdoctoral fellowships tend to focus almost exclusively on training for bench science rather than other career paths. This book plugs the gap by providing information about a wide variety of different careers that individuals with a PhD in the life sciences can pursue.
Covering everything from science writing and grant administration to patent law and management consultancy, the book includes firsthand accounts of what the jobs are like, the skills required, and advice on how to get a foot in the door. It will be a valuable resource for all life scientists considering their career options and laboratory heads who want to give career advice to their students and postdocs.
This book should be required reading for all PhD students.
The overview of jobs and tips provided…will help prepare graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and even mid-career scientists for careers beyond the bench. The book is an informative read and a great addition to laboratories and career-development offices
Career Options for Biomedical Scientists does a great job of a presenting a variety of opportunities available for PhD students and graduates. Where other resources can get bogged down in convincing the reader that its okay to leave academia, or abandon structure to jam in personal testimonials and anecdotes, this book succinctly sums up the need to consider alternative careers and provides a plethora of information in an easily digestible manner.
It is also a wonderful companion for any scientist seeking a career beyond academic biomedical research.... Highly recommended.
Having read the entire book, I have to say...If youre a young, or even not so young, scientist looking for some insight into where a biomedical degree can lead, youll find a lot to interest you here....its not always easy to find clearly laid out descriptions of what its really like to pursue a particular career and what the opportunities and pitfalls might be. Thats where this book can assist.