Aidan Budd is a former researcher whose love of community-focused work led him from an EMBL PhD to project management work in bioinformatics teaching, service, and research with a focus on community building. He’s previously described to the EMBL alumni team how this initial transition occurred. He’s since continued in this area, initially joining The Earlham Institute as Senior Community and Business Development Manager (explained here), and now as Node Coordinator for ELIXIR-UK. Here we talk to him in more depth about his current role at ELIXIR-UK and what advice he’d give to young scientists interested in working with scientific communities.
Science administration is a broad career area encompassing many roles. Ioannis Legouras, an EMBL alumnus working in the area of strategic cooperation and research funding, shared his experience of moving into this career area along with his tips to those interested in following a similar path.
Sandra Caldeira is “Deputy Head of Unit, Health in Society” at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. In her current role, Sandra provides high-level support to a range of projects that use science to inform European policy and thus potentially impacting millions of lives. She talked to us about the JRC, her role, and how she ended up supporting European policy making – after completing a PhD and postdoc in molecular biology and working for several years as a journal editor.
During a recent visit to EMBL Hamburg, we met EMBL alumna Barbara Tizzano, who shared her experience of moving into clinical trial management. This is a career area that may be attractive for people who love coordinating projects and bringing people together to solve real-life problems.
The full interview is below. You also can find out more about the clinical research area in the following resources:
- Article from science careers outlining some of the roles linked to clinical research.
- Overview of clinical research associate role from new scientist careers (a career option related to trial management, more closely linked to clinical trial sites).
Ami S. Lakdawala shared details of her 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.
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.
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”
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”
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”