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Planning for a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128149782, 9780128149799

Planning for a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences

2nd Edition

Learn to Navigate a Tough Research Culture by Harnessing the Power of Career Building

Author: Avrum Gotlieb
Paperback ISBN: 9780128149782
eBook ISBN: 9780128149799
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd June 2018
Page Count: 184
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Planning for a Career in Biomedical and Life Sciences:Learn to Navigate a Tough Research Culture by Harnessing the Power of Career Building, Second Edition, 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 the job search in both the academic and non-academic sectors. The book's premise lies in the notion that if users understand the full path of a career in either the biomedical or life science fields, they can proactively plan their career, recognize any opportunities that present themselves, and be well prepared to address important aspects of their own professional development.

Topics include choosing a training path, selecting the best supervisor/mentor, and negotiating a job offer. Updates to this edition include an 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, wellness and work/life balance are expanded. This book is a valuable resource for undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students in the biomedical and life sciences, as well as academic faculty and advisors.

Key Features

  • Revised and updated to address dealing with student failure and rejection and developing  resilience
  • 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 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 and how to choose supervisors and mentors who will support your career goals


Undergraduate, 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. Inspired by Life Sciences
2. Your Dynamic Training Path
3. Your Undergraduate Studies
4. How to Select the Best Graduate Program for Your Needs
5. Life in the Research Laboratory
6. Post Graduate Studies: Preparing to Launch
7. Your First Job; Choosing Well in Academia
8. Your Next Ten Years; Tenure and Promotion
9. The Institutional Challenge to Train and Support Academic Biomedical Scientists
10. Into the Future: So You Want to be an Academic Leader
11. Your First Job:  Preparing and Choosing Well for Non-Academic Careers

Appendix: Questions and Answers on Important Planning and Career Issues


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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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