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The Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience May 16, 2014 Making your way on the journey to a postdoc. Patrick Sonner , Ph.D. Labib Rouhana , Ph.D. Nadja Grobe, Ph.D. Who are we? It’s all relative. Current challenges in academia. Declining grant success rates

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The Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for NeuroscienceMay 16, 2014Making your way on the journey to a postdoc

Patrick Sonner, Ph.D.

LabibRouhana, Ph.D.

Nadja Grobe, Ph.D.



Current challenges in academia
Current challenges in academia Neuroscience

  • Declining grant success rates

  • 800,000 PhDs versus 100,000 faculty positions in science and engineering

NIH IMPAC, success rate file

Schillebeeckx et al. 2013, Nature Biotechnology 31: 938-941


Why is a phd worthwile
Why is Neurosciencea PhD worthwile?

contribute to understanding of nature

pursue a subject out of love

design own research

be creative and meaningful

constant intellectual challenge

mentor young scientists


Career options
Career options Neuroscience

Academia (research- or teaching-intensive)

Science education for general public or schools/universities

Healthcare

Science writing

Government (NIH, NSF, EPA, DOE, USDA, DOD)

Policy

Intellectual property career (patents)

Business

Sales, marketing

Biotech/Pharma(research- or administrative-intensive)

Check out http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/


Benefits of a postdoc
Benefits of a postdoc Neuroscience

  • No longer a student - not yet faculty

  • Explore career and environment

  • Expand network of experts

  • Flexibility

  • Opportunities

  • Mentoring experience

  • Practice grant writing

  • More stable funding rates for fellowships

  • Increase publication record

  • Additional time for decision about future career choices


Case studies
Case studies Neuroscience

  • break-out groups read 3-4 case studies

  • Discuss each case study within group

  • chooses favorite profile

  • groups report and discuss their choices and rationale to the full audience

  • rationale for profile choices are noted on a white board


Questions
Questions? Neuroscience


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