How does your current environment differ from Yale, and what do you find most challenging and rewarding about working there?  

We are a small graduate school with only PhD students. The most rewarding part of the job is working for a school with a singular mission: to train young scientists to solve problems in biology and cancer. Like most academic jobs, limited resources and time force you to prioritize plans and projects. (This is a good skill to develop now!)


Outside of teaching and research, what other responsibilities do you have as faculty at your current institution? 

I actually have a non-faculty career within academia. Many PhD students students assume that if they are not faculty, there are no other jobs in academia. But there are many positions for PhDs in academia: administration, outreach, tech transfer, etc. I would encourage those who enjoy academia but do not want to teach or conduct independent research to explore these career paths.

What resources at Yale helped you prepare to enter the academic job market? 

The OCS was extremely helpful in guiding my career search. The director at the time was an excellent mentor. My thesis mentor was and continues to be an excellent mentor when I need to make important career decisions.

What challenges did you face in your academic job search, and what advice do you have for current students approaching the academic job market? 

For non-faculty jobs within academia, your translational skills will be leveraged more then your research and science skills. If you are interested in this career path, the PhD will help you get an interview but your translational skills will land you the offer.

Did you also consider careers beyond academia and which careers were of interest to you?

Yes. I actually worked for a non-profit after my postdoc. Although I have remained in Academia since, I have explored and received job offers in Equity Research and Pharma.
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  • Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
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