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Perfecting your Pitch: An Application Strategy Workshop for Biomedical PhDs

Friday, April 6, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This interactive workshop is for PhD students and postdocs who are interested in developing skills to effectively market themselves for postdoctoral or faculty positions at academic and non-profit research institutions.  Learn strategies for conducting a productive job search, how to best describe your accomplishments to prospective employers, and questions to ask before submitting an application. Participants will also gain experience deciphering job descriptions and evaluating opportunities from a personal and professional perspective. Don’t miss your opportunity to get tips and insights from professional recruiters at The Jackson Laboratory to help you find your ideal postdoctoral or faculty position. Lunch provided; please bring a beverage to enjoy.

Presenter: Heather Dillon, MSc

As University Relations Specialist for The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), Heather Dillon serves as an ambassador for JAX research and educational programs and assists the laboratory with attracting the best talent.  In this role, Heather travels to conferences, professional meetings, career fairs, and university campuses to raise awareness of JAX’s basic science research programs and educational offerings.  Heather graduated with Highest Honors from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and has a Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College.   With over a decade of experience in recruitment and advising, Heather has assisted hundreds of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with their academic job searches and application materials.  She is devoted to helping trainees succeed in their chosen professions by providing career guidance and advice through seminars, workshops, and individual meetings.

About JAX

Founded in 1929, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution working at the cutting-edge of genetics and genomics to improve human health.  With over 2,000 employees supporting this mission across our two academic research campuses in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Farmington, Connecticut and an additional support facility in Sacramento, California, The Jackson Laboratory is finding new ways to predict, prevent, diagnose and treat diseases, with the ultimate goal of developing therapeutics and cures for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other ailments.  In addition to academic postdoctoral training and tenure track faculty positions, JAX offers career opportunities in client-based research, sales, marketing, customer service, education and outreach among others. Join our team and contribute to our important mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.  To learn more, visit

This event is part of The Graduate School's Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

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Jones Building, Room 143
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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Communication
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Appreciation Week