Thinking Outside the Lab: Finding a fulfilling non-research career
Wondering where can a Ph.D. take you today? Is there life beyond the bench? Absolutely! There are now more non-research jobs for STEM professionals than ever before—in private industry, public policy, government, nonprofit, journalism, grants management, analytics, and a host of emerging career paths.
Learn what mix of skills, experience and preparation you need to leap from the lab into a satisfying non-research career:
Listen to Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt; Lori Conlan, Director for the NIH Office of Postdoctoral Studies; and Anish Goel, former AAAS S&T Policy Fellow and Director of Market Analysis and Geopolitical Affairs at Boeing, in AAAS MemberCentral's latest webinar on "Thinking Outside the Lab: Finding a fulfilling non-research career."
Take this opportunity to learn firsthand from accomplished Ph.D.s who have successfully navigated a career outside of the research realm. They talk about their own experiences, examine a range of career options open to STEM professionals across different sectors, and discuss the analytic, communication and teamworking skills needed for these kinds of roles.
Marcia McNutt, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief of Science
Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist who became the 19th Editor-in-Chief of Science in June 2013. From 2009 to 2013, McNutt was the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, which responded to a number of major disasters during her tenure, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of AGU, the Geological Society of America, AAAS and the International Association of Geodesy. Her honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University and the Colorado School of Mines. McNutt was awarded the Macelwane Medal by AGU in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration.
Lori Conlan, Ph.D.
Director, Office for Postdoctoral Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Lori M. Conlan is trained as a biochemist, receiving her B.S. in biochemistry from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics from Texas A&M University. She worked for several years as a postdoc at the Wadsworth Center, NYS Department of Health, before transitioning from the lab to focus on career issues for the next generation of scientists. Lori started as the director of the Science Alliance, an international career-development program for graduate students and postdocs sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences. She now is at NIH in the Office of Intramural Training & Education, assisting the 4,000 NIH postdocs in their personal career choices. Lori is the director of two NIH offices, the Office of Postdoctoral Services and the Career Services Center. She speaks at universities and institutions around the nation on career development topics for young scientists.
Anish Goel, Ph.D.
Market Analysis and Geopolitical Affairs at The Boeing Company
Anish Goel is the director of geopolitical affairs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In his current role, he identifies emerging geopolitical threats and opportunities and their potential impact to Boeing’s commercial business. He serves concurrently as a Senior Fellow for South Asia in the New America Foundation’s National Security Program, where he writes on U.S. foreign policy in South Asia and their implications for U.S. national security. He worked on South Asia foreign policy for over nine years in the U.S. government. Anish served in the U.S. State Department as the chief science and technology officer for South Asia, leading departmental efforts on the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative. He serves on the boards of several organizations, has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, has appeared as an expert panelist on South Asia, and has written for Foreign Affairs. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Sean Sanders, Ph.D.
Editor, Custom Publications, and Outreach Program Director at Science/AAAS
Sean Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and science, Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently, Sanders is the Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and program director for outreach.