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

Core Training

Research Scholar Certificate in Entrepreneurship Training (Core Training)

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 entrepreneurship 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


IJS Series 2017

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 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 for an industry position.

Resume Writing for Industry

April 5, 2017 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 26, 2017 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, which will be provided to you in the first workshop, to draft your resume. Send a copy of your resume to postdoc@ucsd.edu by Saturday, April 15 to be considered for review.

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 to gain insight into the conversion process.

Getting in the Door of Industry

May 10, 2017 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 7, 2017 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.

August 24, 2017
Scientist in Biotechnology

Zac Carrico, PhD; Scientist at Illumina

October 24, 2017
Clinical Research Associate

Kristina Hamill, PhD; Clinical Research Associate at QuintilesIMS

November 8, 2017
Regulatory Writing
Kristen Tolson, PhD, Regulatory Writer at Synchrogenix, a Certara company
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 Day

Presented by UC San Diego's Office of Advanced Professional Education & Development, Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs and Postdoctoral Association's Exposure to Industry program, this half day event will expose participants to hear from local companies about employment opportunities that exist for Master's in Clinical Research and postdoctoral scholars from UC San Diego.  Company representatives with advanced degrees will also share their journey from academia to private industry and answer your questions.  Participants will also have a chance to speak with the company representatives during the structured networking over lunch.

Next event: April 29, 2017 in the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building (MET)

Registration is required: https://corpspotlightday2017.eventbrite.com 

Companies include Becton Dickinson Medical (BD), Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), PfizerPrometheus Laboratories Inc.and QuintilesIMS.

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.

Interviewing Skills for PhDs Program

This program is a series of events designed in collaboration with Career Center, Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs and the Postdoctoral Association to provide postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students application materials preparation and useful interviewing skills with a chance to apply those skills in a mock interview session with local professionals and hiring managers.


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