Planning a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128022429, 9780128025703

Planning a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences

1st Edition

Making Informed Choices

Authors: Avrum Gotlieb
eBook ISBN: 9780128025703
Paperback ISBN: 9780128022429
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th December 2014
Page Count: 144
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Planning a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences presents useful information, insights, and tips to those pursuing a career in the biomedical and life sciences. The book focuses on making educated choices during schooling, training, and job searching in both the academic and non-academic sectors.  The premise of Planning a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences is that by understanding the full path of a career in either the biomedical or life science fields, you can proactively plan your career, recognize any opportunities that present themselves, and be well prepared to address important aspects of your own professional development. Topics include choosing your training path, selecting the best supervisor/mentor, and negotiating a job offer.

Key Features

  • Provides strategies on evaluating biomedical and life sciences education and professional development opportunities in a thorough and systematic fashion.
  • Discusses possible pitfalls and offers insight into how to navigate them successfully at various points of a scientist’s career.
  • Offers valuable advice on how to make the best choices for yourself at any stage in your career.


Graduate, medical, and postdoctoral students in the biomedical and life sciences as well as faculty, industry professionals, societies and other organizations who are involved in career counselling, science education programs, and/or mentorship programs.

Secondary audience: Undergraduate and high school students.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • My Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Prologue
  • Fundamental Principles and Components of a Successful Career in Life and Biomedical Sciences
  • Chapter 1. Getting Bitten by the Bug
    • Summary
    • 1.1 High School—A Place to Start
    • 1.2 Early Guidance
    • 1.3 Avoid Regrets
  • Chapter 2. Creating a Dynamic Training Path
    • Summary
    • 2.1 Pathways to Success
    • 2.2 Lifestyle and Community Status
  • Chapter 3. Undergraduate Studies
    • Summary
    • 3.1 Depth Versus Breadth in Your Undergraduate Curriculum
    • 3.2 Mentorship, an Essential Ingredient for Success
    • 3.3 The Mentor
    • 3.4 The Mentee
    • 3.5 Mentored Research AT the Undergraduate Level
    • 3.6 Benefits of Engaging in a Research Experience
  • Chapter 4. Choosing the Best Graduate Program for Your Needs
    • Summary
    • 4.1 Quality of the Program
    • 4.2 Infrastructure Considerations
    • 4.3 Program Considerations
    • 4.4 Personal Issues
    • 4.5 Family Issues
    • 4.6 International Studies
    • 4.7 Supervisor Selection
    • 4.8 A Thorough List of Questions That Require Answers
    • 4.9 Student Perception of Graduate Supervisors
    • 4.10 Research Projects
    • 4.11 Building Your Confidence
    • 4.12 Insight
    • 4.13 People Skills
    • 4.14 Record Keeping and Research Approvals
    • 4.15 Supervisor Meetings
    • 4.16 Student Advisory Committee
    • 4.17 Literature
    • 4.18 Communication
    • 4.19 Failure
    • 4.20 Rejection
    • 4.21 Satisfaction in Translational Research
  • Chapter 5. Postgraduate Studies: Preparing to Launch
    • Summary
    • 5.1 Choosing a Postdoctoral Position
    • 5.2 Postdoctoral Career Plan
    • 5.3 Postdoctoral Outcomes
    • 5.4 Learn Management Skills and the Business of Science
    • 5.5 Understanding Manuscript and Grant Review
  • Chapter 6. Your First Job: Choosing and Preparing Well for an Academic Career
    • Summary
    • 6.1 Exploring Job Prospects
    • 6.2 Academic Job Descriptions
    • 6.3 Academic Application
    • 6.4 Referees
    • 6.5 Teaching
    • 6.6 First Interview Visit
    • 6.7 Second Visit and Negotiations
    • 6.8 Start-Up Funds
    • 6.9 Salary and Benefits
    • 6.10 Research Transition
    • 6.11 Setting Up Your Own Laboratory
    • 6.12 Hiring Trainees and Staff
  • Chapter 7. The Next 10 Years in Academia
    • Summary
    • 7.1 Climbing the Ladder
    • 7.2 Scientific Networking
    • 7.3 Institutional Priorities
    • 7.4 Administrative Activities
    • 7.5 Advocacy
    • 7.6 Tenure and Academic Promotion
    • 7.7 Teaching
    • 7.8 Research Program
    • 7.9 Research Funding
    • 7.10 Academic-Industrial Collaborations
    • 7.11 Productivity
    • 7.12 Awards
    • 7.13 Career Progress in a Research Institute
    • 7.14 Tenure and Promotion Achieved
  • Chapter 8. Into the Future: The Path to Academic Leadership
    • Summary
    • 8.1 Academic Leadership
    • 8.2 Leadership’s Two Faces
    • 8.3 Delivering Leadership
    • 8.4 Clear, Open, and Honest Communication
    • 8.5 Availability
    • 8.6 Safety
    • 8.7 The Urgent Situation
  • Chapter 9. Your First Job: Choosing and Preparing Well for a Nonacademic Career
    • Summary
    • 9.1 Training
    • 9.2 Life Science Research as a Platform
    • 9.3 Job Opportunities
    • 9.4 The Nonacademic Job Hunt and Placements
    • 9.5 Head Hunters
    • 9.6 Internships
    • 9.7 Career Advancement
  • Appendix. Comprehensive Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
  • Epilogue
  • Index


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About the Author

Avrum Gotlieb

Dr. Gotlieb’s research interests include atherosclerosis and valvular heart disease. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, and 35 reviews and book chapters. He has edited three books, including the comprehensive textbook, Cardiovascular Pathology. He is a former President of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) and past President of the Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (CSATVB) and the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology (SCVP). He was a member of the Board of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB) and served as FASEB Vice-President for Science Policy. He is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Association of Pathobiology Chairs (APC). He was honoured by SCVP with the Distinguished Achievement Award and by APC with their Distinguished Service Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

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