Entrepreneurial Training Path


To be eligible for the certificate in this path, the postdoctoral scholars will need to complete:

  • EPIC Bootcamp (9 hours)
  • Introduction to the Ethical Challenges of Research (2 hours)
  • Core Training (12 hours)
  • 2 sessions of electives (at least 2 hours)
    • 25 hours total

Core Training

Postdoctoral Scholars may chose one of two Core Training options.

Research Scholar Certificate in Entrepreneurship Training (Core Training: Option 1)

In partnership with the Office of Innovation and Commercialization and Graduate Division, the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs, is offering a mini-certificate program on entrepreneurship for postdocs and graduate students. The format of the course is a 2-hour module once per week for 7 weeks. Participants will learn effective tools, gain exposure to the culture of private industry and have access to the mentorship of UC San Diego’s Entrepreneurs in Residence.  Once admitted, participants are required to attend all 7 sessions.

This training will serve as the core component of this specialized path.

March 1 - April 19 2017. **Note that there is no session on April 5, 2017

Each weekly session meets on Wednesdays in the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building (MET), room 141 from 5-7 pm.  

Registration: https://entrepreneurship2017.eventbrite.com

microMBA and Innovation to Market (Core Training: Option 2)

microMBA: This newly-developed short MBA course by the Rady School of Management will serve as the core component of this track. This program is designed specifically for PhDs, postdocs and graduate students. This training will serve as the core component of this specialized path.

Innovation to Market (Recommended to take microMBA first): Offered by the Rady School of Management, this course utilizes lectures, readings, case studies, guest speakers and team projects to help students learn how to screen good ideas for good opportunities by examining market needs, the competitive environment, a go-to-market strategy and the management team. Students, working from team derived product/service ideas, will learn how to research potential markets, customers, partners and competitors.


IJS Series 2016

This series will focus on the successive phases of an Industry Job Search.  Barbara Preston, Ph.D., recruiter and co-founder of PharmaScouts, will present the series and will share tips and best practices to help you succeed in transitioning from academia to industry.  Attend this series to learn how to positively leverage your experience in postdoctoral training.

Resume Writing for Industry

April 6 from 12-1 pm

Learn the differences between a CV and resume and gain a better understanding about how to present your experience, communicate relevant skills, highlight what is important to a hiring manager in industry and even how to be considered for non-bench scientific roles.

Resume Review for Industry

April 27 from 12-1:30 pm

In the Resume Writing workshop, you learned that a resume is used to get the attention of your potential employer and interest him/her enough to call you for an interview.  As a follow up to that workshop, Dr. Preston will review resumes and provide feedback for up to 12 UC San Diego postdocs.

If you would like to submit your resume for review, please complete the Position/Result/Edge (PRE) worksheet that was provided to you in the first workshop to draft your resume. Send a copy of your resume to postdoc@ucsd.edu by Saturday, April 16 to be considered for review.  Please title your resume file as “Last Name, First Name_UCSD_IJS2016resume”.  Please send as a Word or PDF file.

If your resume is selected, Dr. Preston will review each “blinded” resume to give personalized feedback. A similar workshop was offered in 2013 and 6 of the 9 postdocs who had their resume reviewed have transitioned to an industry position.

Even if your resume is not selected, we invite you to attend to witness the resume reviews of your peers.

Getting in the Door of Industry

May 4 from 12-1 pm

Learn how to identify companies and make targeted lists of companies you would want to work for [whether or not a position is posted], identify the right people to connect with internally using available resources and discover how to connect with those people directly to assist your transition from academia.

Passing the Interview Hurdle

June 1 from 12-1 pm

Learn about phone screens, the in-person interview with multiple individuals at different levels, and the scientific seminar.  This workshop is a combination of universal job interview insights and tips specific for new-to-industry postdoctoral applicants to help with the common questions and challenges you will face.

The entire series will be held in Leichtag Building, room 107.

Register for all events HERE

Dates and locations are subject to change.

Industry Connections

Interested in an industry position, but not quite sure what careers are available? How does one make the transition from an academia to an industry position? The Industry Connections series seeks to answer those questions. 

Each workshop will focus on perspectives from a Ph.D. working in industry and how he/she successfully transitioned to a career in industry.  The speaker will give a short presentation and then open the topic up for Q & A.  This event is limited to 20 postdoctoral scholars and a light lunch will be provided. If you attend, please be willing to participate in the discussion.

Workshops will be held in the Student Services Center (SSC) from 12 – 1 pm.

Date Topic Presenter Room

May 5

Careers in Life Science Research in the UK

Amy Moore, Ph.D.; Researcher Development Manager at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), University of London, UK Student Services Center (SSC), Room 300

July 26

NGO Accelerator

Anindita Sarkar, Ph.D.; Springboard Program Manager at CONNECT

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 260

October 6

Scientist in Biotechnology

Xiong Zhang, Ph.D; Scientist at Allele Biotechnology

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 300

December 13

Educational Outreach Entrepreneur Olivia Mullins, Ph.D.; Founder of Science Delivered Student Services Center (SSC), Room 400

Dates and locations are subject to change.

Register HERE

**Registration for these workshops is required. If you register for a workshop and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation through EventBrite to allow another postdoc to attend.**

Corporate Spotlight

Information sessions featuring local company representatives and recruiters discussing employment opportunities and career options.

Exposure to Industry Program

To provide UC San Diego postdoctoral scholars opportunities to learn about the rich biotech, pharmaceutical, high-tech, and medical device companies in the San Diego area, the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) organizes sponsored company site visits. The aim is to expose postdoctoral scholars to various career options in industry, help them create a valuable professional network, and contribute to the growth of San Diego’s economy.

“What Can You Be with a PhD?” STEM Career Symposium

Organized by Postdoctoral Association (PDA), this unique event is designed to help postdoctoral scholars explore a wide range of career opportunities, including those outside the traditional academic career track. 


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