The Business of Science: Experiencing the Scientific Method as your Guide to Career Success

This NYU-hosted event is aimed at PhD students and postdocs in the sciences. Find more information and register

About this Event


Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings from February 27 – March 13

  • Saturday, Feb 27: 9 AM – 1 PM
  • Wednesday, Mar 3: 1 PM – 5PM
  • Saturday, Mar 6: 9 AM – 1 PM
  • Wednesday, Mar 10: 1 PM – 5 PM
  • Saturday, Mar 13: 9 AM – 1 PM

Five sessions, four hours each, must attend all to receive completion certificate

Open to all graduate students and postdocs from NYU as well as non-NYU participants. This course is geared towards early career scientists.

View a previous syllabus here.

Course description:

With the shift in available jobs moving from academia to industry, understanding the skills necessary to compete and succeed in an industry setting is critical.  Our certificate programs introduce the key competencies that are essential for career success.  Based on the SciPhD training program, this course focuses on 24 essential core competencies valued by industry, relates those competencies to activities and behaviors commonly experienced by academic scientists, and demonstrates how those competencies work together to form the operational competencies that are essential in business.  Our typical 40 hour course, offered over multiple sessions will cover:

  • The Business of Science
  • Successful Communications as a Scientist
  • Effective Leadership Styles
  • Developing Your People
  • Negotiation & Finance
  • Strategic Project Management for Scientists
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Networking & Interviewing Skills

The course will also show how to use that information to develop powerful targeted resumes, and prepare for effective interviews.

Despite the fact that these topics are rarely part of the traditional academic research scientist’s curriculum, there are many activities associated with the academic experience that draw on these skills.  One of the most effective and unique features of this program is how the instructors relate these “business” concepts to common research activities as a bridge to a deeper understanding of how their own experiences can strengthen their competitiveness for industry positions.  The course also provides a self-assessment tool that introduces the students to each of the 24 competencies, has them rank their own skill level, and has them develop “experience statements” from their own career that supports their rankings.  A detailed report generated by the assessment tool then maps the student’s capabilities to those that are critical to different kinds of jobs in different industries.

By Brian Miller
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