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“Career Opportunities in the U.S. Military & Government: A Scientist Prospective” Robert Carter III, Ph.D., M.P.H. US Army Captain, Medical Service Corps Research Physiologist [email protected] Objectives Why Work for the Military and Government?

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“Career Opportunities in the U.S. Military &

Government:

A Scientist Prospective”

Robert Carter III, Ph.D., M.P.H.

US Army Captain, Medical Service Corps

Research Physiologist

[email protected]


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Objectives

  • Why Work for the Military and Government?

  • Where in Government are Scientists

    Employed?

  • Where in the Military are Scientists Employed?

  • What are the Challenges and Rewards?


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The government organizations think of the postdoc period as a training period, and support training through institutional programs”

David Gottesman -

NIH Intramural Research

Deputy Director

  • NCI

  • NIH

  • Livermore Lab

  • Naval Research Lab

  • NIEHS


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Scientists in Government

  • National Laboratories

    • Lovelace, Lawrence Livermore

  • National Institutes of Health

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • USDA, NASA

  • Indian Health Service

  • Federal Departments and Agencies


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National Research Council

  • Federal Laboratories

  • Postdoctoral and Senior Scientist Fellowships


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Scientists in Government

  • Laboratory Scientists

  • Grants Administrators

  • Science Policy

  • Technology Transfer

  • Information Technology Specialist


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Scientists in Government

  • Websites of Agencies (NIH)

  • http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

  • http://www.fedworld.gov/jobs/jobsearch.html



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Scientists Within the Military

  • DoD Civilians

  • Uniformed Officers

  • Contractors

  • National Research Council Fellows

  • Public Health Service Officers

  • Other Governmental Agencies


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Scientists Within the Military

  • Naval, Army, and Air Force Medical Centers

  • Specialty Laboratories

    • Infectious Disease, Naval Submarine Lab, Surgical Research, WRAIR

  • Industry

  • Military Academies, Medical School

  • National Institutes of Health

  • Armed Forces Radiobiology Laboratory


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Balkans

Korea

South

America

Middle East

Central Asia

Africa

Tibetan Plateau

Scientists Within the Military

Central America


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  • Medical Technologists

  • Nutritional Scientists

  • Pharmacologists

  • Physical Scientists

  • Physicians

  • Physiologists

  • Psychologists

  • Statisticians

  • Veterinarians

  • Biochemists

  • Biomechanicists

  • Biomedical Engineers

  • Biophysicists

  • Cellular Biologists

  • Dietitians

  • Epidemiologists

  • Mathematicians

  • Microbiologists

Scientists within the Military


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Scientists within the Military

  • Government Service Application (DoD)

  • National Research Council (Fellowships)

    • http://www7.nationalacademies.org/fellowships

  • Commissioned Officers (HC Recruiters)

    • DoD

    • Public Health Service Corps


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Career Challenges in Military or Government?

  • Grant Writing Experience

    • NIH Grant Writing Workshops

    • Proposals, STO Funding

  • Academic Flexibility

    • Collaboration, Publishing

    • Inventions, Security Issues


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Career Challenges in Military or Government?

  • Change Duty Assignments (Active Duty Military)

  • Foreign Postdocs / Scientists

    • Security (Post 9/11)

    • Citizenship Issues

  • Mission or Objective Oriented*


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Careers Rewards in Military or Government?

  • Job Security

  • Intramural Funding

  • No Teaching Responsibilities

  • Travel & Adventure

    • Field Research

    • Airborne

    • Combat


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Careers Rewards in Military or Government?

  • Benefits

    • Insurance

    • Pension and Retirement Plans

  • Leadership Experience

  • Patriotism


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