Planning a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128149782

Planning a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences

2nd Edition

Making Informed Choices

Authors: Avrum Gotlieb
Paperback ISBN: 9780128149782
Imprint: Academic Press
Page Count: 150
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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.

Updates to this edition include outline of core competencies to achieve success, how to build soft skills and tailor them to specific job opportunities and how to increase collaborations across disciplines. Additionally, coverage on issues around diversity, health and wellness and work-life balance are expanded.

This book is a valuable resource for graduate, medical and postdoctoral students in the biomedical and life sciences as well as academic faculty and advisors.

Key Features

  • Revised and updated to include sections on career paths that involve more than one degree as well as input on developing a dynamic career plan and how to choose the right programs and supervisors
  • 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

Table of Contents

1. Getting Bitten by the Bug
2. Creating a Dynamic Training Path
3. Undergraduate Studies
4. Choosing the Best Graduate Program for Your Needs
5. Postgraduate Studies: Preparing to Launch
6. Your First Job: Choosing and Preparing Well for an Academic Career
7. The Next 10 Years in Academia
8. Into the Future: The Path to Academic Leadership
9. Your First Job: Choosing and Preparing Well for a Nonacademic Career
Appendix. Comprehensive Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


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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

Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean; Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada