Between 2010 and 2014 we ran a series focused on alternative careers for scientists, hearing from specialists in publishing, law, journalism, ethics and more. We’d love to reinvigorate this series – please get in touch if you have any ideas!
Round-up of alternative careers stories
Posted by Eva Amsen, on 8 June 2011We look back on our collection of alternative career stories, published in 2010 and 2011
My journey from bench scientist to clinical ethicist
Posted by Michael Szego, on 1 June 2011Four and a half years ago I was introduced to the field of clinical ethics while nearing the end of my Doctorate in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. …
My journey to scientific editing
Posted by kara_cerveny, on 24 May 2011Although I’m no longer working at the bench, I still think of myself as a scientist. During grad school and much of my post-doc, I assumed that I would follow …
My transition to patent law
Posted by Michael Belliveau, on 22 May 2011I am now a Patent Attorney at Clark & Elbing, a Boston boutique patent law firm specializing in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. I have been at Clark & Elbing since 1998, …
A career as editor
Posted by Vivian Siegel, on 19 May 2011I was a PhD student with Peter Walter, studying protein translocation across the endoplasmic reticulum. I did very well as a student, publishing six research papers during that time. After …
From the bench to the science centre
Posted by sarahgibb, on 15 February 2011During the first year of my PhD, I undertook a small rotation project in the lab of Dr Kim Dale, doing some work with the chick embryo. I did this …
In 2012 we met Andrea Hutterer, then Fellowships Manager at EMBO, who told us about her transition from research to science management.
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