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Summer 2019 Events


Careers Beyond Academia

Graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring career options in industry, government, and nonprofit can learn about opportunities in the Careers Beyond Academia series throughout the 2018-19 academic year. This series is offered every two years and is co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.

Diverse Perspectives Beyond Academia
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Please join us for Diverse Perspectives Beyond Academia. The event will begin with a panel discussion on careers beyond academia, followed by a networking session with attendees from industry, clinical research, government, and HR, including Mako Medical, Syneos Health, and Bioagilytix. More information

Career Options for STEM Ph.D.s Networking Event
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Want to build connections with the local biotech, pharma, and government community and learn more about these careers? Duke graduate students and postdocs are invited to attend a networking event at the North Carolina Biotech Center. Guests will include bench scientists, business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants, CEOs, venture capitalists, government researchers, tech transfer specialists, and patent specialists from local companies. More information

Careers at LabCorp
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Interested in continuing your scientific career at an established and innovative global life sciences company based in North Carolina? LabCorp, headquartered in Burlington NC, provides comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. LabCorp is hiring PhDs for multiple positions. At this information session, you will have the opportunity to discuss Ph.D. career paths and the LabCorp hiring process as well as to network with speakers from the company. More information

From the Bench to the Clinic: A Career in Research and Development with Ben Maynor, PhD ’04
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Ben Maynor, Ph.D. ('04, Chemistry) is the Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Liquidia Technologies. Dr. Maynor, a co-inventor of Liquidia’s PRINT® technology, has initiated several new drug delivery technology initiatives at Liquidia since joining the company in 2005, including programs in inhaled drug delivery, ophthalmology, and other therapeutic areas. At this session, Dr. Maynor will share his experiences in taking a technology from the bench to the clinic and everything he learned along the way. More information

Clinical Research Careers at IQVIA Biotech with Nick Rizzo, PhD’17
Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Careers in clinical research, pharma, and contract research organizations (CROs) can be a great fit for PhDs, especially in the biomedical sciences. During this interactive discussion you’ll learn from Nick Rizzo, PhD (’17, Genetics and Genomics) who is a Feasibility Research Analyst at IQVIA Biotech. Nick will discuss CROs, job hunting in industry, fellowships and other job opportunities for PhDs at IQVIA Biotech. More information

 

Core Competencies

Know Thyself: An Introduction to ImaginePhD
Friday, May 17, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Spend an hour getting to know yourself better with ImaginePhD, a free online tool that helps you assess your skills and interests as well as examine your values. More information

Professional Development Progress Lunches
Tuesday, May 21, 1:00 to 2:00 pm | Tuesday, June 4, 12:00 to 1:00 pm | Tuesday, June 18, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, July 9, 12:00 to 1:00 pm | Tuesday, July 23, 12:00 to 1:00 pm | Tuesday, August 6, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Whether your aspirations include updating your LinkedIn profile, starting your teaching portfolio, preparing faculty job application materials, conducting informational interviews, or researching career options, join our informal lunch gathering to share your progress and your questions. .Join one or all six.

A Guide to Your Ph.D. Skill Development: A Workshop for the Duke Doctoral Academy
Friday, May 24, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm | Friday, May 31, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

This workshop provides an opportunity to recognize the skills you have developed during your graduate (and postdoctoral) work, identify gaps, and find opportunities that can help you continue your professional development.

The Mentoring Relationship: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Do you ever question your role in your lab? Do you hesitate to address issues with your mentor? Do you wonder how to be successful during this step in your career? In this interactive session, learn how to navigate the mentoring relationship, including how to promote open communication, work more productively with your mentor, and get the most out of your training experience. More information

Presentation Skills Peer Feedback and Coaching: A Two-Part Series
Thursday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 30, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

What makes a presenter effective? Is it content, delivery, or visuals—or the combination of them all? In this two-part series, you’ll have the opportunity to work on your areas for greatest improvement in your presentations. Applications due Monday, June 17, 11:59 p.m. More information

How to Make the Most of VersatilePhD (Webinar)
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 4:00 pm

Learn how to navigate new features and the most popular resources on VersatilePhD, a online portal for PhD students, postdocs, and graduate alumni to explore careers beyond the tenure track. Learn about the VPhD Career Finder, the Options for Success career discovery course, and the Smart Jobs initiative in this webinar. Duke's subscription to VersatilePhD is sponsored by The Graduate School. More information

 

Academic Job Search Series

Graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring career options in academia can participate in the Academic Job Search Series throughout the 2019-20 academic year. The series addresses tenure-track faculty positions during the fall semester and broad career options in academia during the spring semester. You can find topics relevant to all students as well as specialized panels for two broad disciplinary areas: the humanities and social sciences, and sciences and engineering. This series is offered every two years and is co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.

Academic Job Market Materials Bootcamp: The CV
Thursday, June 6, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Will you be on the job market this year? Summer is a great time to start preparing your materials and get feedback on drafts. Even if you haven't started working on your CV, we'll cover the basics of structure and formatting and leave the majority of time for editing and feedback. More information

Academic Job Market Materials Bootcamp: The Cover Letter
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Will you be on the job market this year? Summer is a great time to start preparing your materials and get feedback on drafts. Even if you haven't written a single cover letter before, we'll discuss the basics of structure and formatting, how to tailor the letter for different institutions, and leave the majority of time for editing and feedback. More information

Academic Job Market Materials Bootcamp: Research, Teaching, and Diversity Statements
Thursday, June 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Will you be on the job market this year? Summer is a great time to start preparing your materials and get feedback on drafts. Even if you haven't written a teaching statement before, we'll discuss the basics of structure, content, and formatting and leave the majority of time for editing and feedback. More information