Choosing the best layout for your CV

The layout of your CV makes an immediate and lasting impression – ideally that, like your CV, you are organized, logical, focused and easy to interact with. One of the most important aspects of your CV is therefore the structure and formatting. This article focuses on four questions to ask yourself when selecting or creating a layout for your CV. Continue reading “Choosing the best layout for your CV”

Crafting impactful statements for your CV and cover letter

When you are writing a job application, it is essential to describe your experience in a way that highlights the skills relevant for the position you are applying for. We’ve previously posted on some general tips on  preparing job applications for industry. In this post, we provide details of some techniques that can help you demonstrate your skills in your CV & cover letter. Continue reading “Crafting impactful statements for your CV and cover letter”

Career Profile: Ami S. Lakdawala, Director in the R&D Strategy, Portfolio and Operations Team, GSK

Ami S. Lakdawala shared details of career in pharma Research & Development, which has taken her from computational chemistry to overarching roles in strategy and operations. Ami stresses that most PhDs and postdocs enter pharma in research roles but that there is support to then develop your career in many directions – including roles where you stay very close to the science.  She advises PhDs and postdocs considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry that pharma is really interested in their scientific expertise, and that you also need communication and team-work skills to succeed in industry. You can find the full interview below.

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Career profile: Tobias Maier, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Science Communication

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Tobias Maier became involved in science communication while a postdoc at the CRG, starting a successful German-language blog. After leaving the lab, he briefly explored entrepreneurship, before founding his own science communication agency. The network he’d built in science communication then led to a position at the National Institute for Science Communication in Karlsruhe, where he is now Deputy Director.

For those who are interested in science communication, Tobias recommends starting to communicate your science and attending science communication events. He also describes how difficult the decision to leave the lab can be and how he found a value-based decision-making process, supported by a career counselor, really helped with this transition.

You can find the full interview below, and a video version is also available on Tobias’ blog.

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Preparing a job application for industry

In the last 18 months, we’ve invited a number of recruiters and hiring managers to EMBL to share their advice on applying to jobs outside academic research*. We’ve distilled the tips and advice from these sessions into 3 tips for your job application and 3 tips for your interview. At the end of the article, we also include some useful resources that can help you implement these tips. Continue reading “Preparing a job application for industry”

Career profile: Ilaria Ferlenghi, Head of Structural Microscopy at GSK Vaccines

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing EMBL alumna Ilaria Ferlenghi – Head of Structural Microscopy at GSK Vaccines – about her career in industry, and how research in industry compared to academia. Continue reading “Career profile: Ilaria Ferlenghi, Head of Structural Microscopy at GSK Vaccines”

Career profile: David Jackson, Chief Innovation Officer, Molecular Health GmbH

David Jackson, CIO at Molecular Health, recently gave a talk about innovation in personalized medicine to postdocs at EMBL. Following his talk, we took the opportunity to interview him about a career that took him from a wet-lab PhD at EMBL to leading bioinformatics innovation in biotech. Continue reading “Career profile: David Jackson, Chief Innovation Officer, Molecular Health GmbH”

Career Profile: Anne Nielsen, Senior Editor, EMBO Press

For our first career profile, we interviewed Anne Nielsen about her career as a professional scientific editor at EMBO. In this role, Anne coordinates assessment and peer review of manuscripts at The EMBO Journal, making decisions on which papers match the scope of the journal, and interacting with authors and reviewers to ensure a timely and constructive review process. Continue reading “Career Profile: Anne Nielsen, Senior Editor, EMBO Press”

Informational interviews: 5 tips for effective career conversations

“Informational interviews” are one of the best tools to get insights into different career areas. They are informal 15-30 minute conversations with individuals working in a career area that interests you. The aim is to learn more about the career area, particularly to get first hand and up-to-date information that can help you better understand whether the career is for you, and how to get your first role in that field. However, as the following video, “The Informational Interview and how to do it well” from the Stanford Design Lab’s Online Course  – Designing Your Career, explains – an informational interview isn’t a job interview, and should not be about directly finding a job. Continue reading “Informational interviews: 5 tips for effective career conversations”

EMBL Career Day 2018 – How to transition to a rewarding non-academic career

In addition to the classical academic career, PhD and postdoc training can lead to a diverse range of career paths. However, while working within academia, it can be hard to gain an oversight of the other career options and how to transition into these roles. EMBL organizes an annual career day, to help fellows explore these questions by listening to and, more importantly, interacting with scientists who have already made this transition.

“Job fairs and career talks are a great platform not just to learn about the jobs, but also to network with people and create contacts. This is how I actually understood the jobs I later went on to apply to”.  Jelena Tica – EMBL alumna & career day speaker

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