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The Hidden Job: Skills for a Career in Physiology

Symposium — Monday, April 8, 2019 — 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM — Convention Center, Room W311D
Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee — Chair: Bryan Becker — Co-Chair: Christopher Trimby

This symposium is targeted at scientists and trainees interested in learning about aspects of careers in science that are not commonly part of traditional training.   


Careers in science require the development of a number of skills and proficiencies that extend beyond the normal training practices, which are primarily focused on technical, writing, and other “hard” skills. These include such things as negotiation skills, hiring and firing of lab personnel, scientific society involvement, areas of service, administrative responsibilities, organizing meetings and symposia, moving between academia and industry, and many others. The focus will be on those skills that are not a common aspect of training. Speakers will address these issues from a perspective of “what I wish I knew before I started this job” and “things no one told me I needed to know before I started.”   

Specific Goals of the Symposium:

This symposium aims to discuss these topics in an interactive format facilitated by leaders in academic, industry, teaching, governmental, and society roles. The targeted audience of trainees and established investigators alike will be exposed to the perspectives of the facilitators and will be able to incorporate the non-traditional training advice of the facilitators into their individual career plans.  

Specific Questions the Panelists will Address:

What skills are needed to manage a diverse group of individuals (hiring, firing, conflict management, etc.)?

How do you transition from one sector to another, such as moves from academia to industry, military to civilian, industry to academia, etc.?  

How do you transition roles within your institution (administration, teaching, etc.)?  

How is career advancement evaluated and accomplished in my field (academia, industry, teaching, etc)?  

The junk drawer – what are the miscellaneous skills and responsibilities of my career that I was never formally trained in?


  • Mentoring, Management and Team Science
    Jennifer S. Pollock — Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Mentoring, Management and Team Science
    Stanley Andrisse — Pediatrics Endocrinology, Johns Hopkins. Univ.

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