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Alternative careers

Alternative careers

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 , on 8 June 2011

In December we asked people to share how they moved from research to a career away from the lab bench. Since then, we’ve heard from a number of people, and …
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My journey from bench scientist to clinical ethicist

Posted by , on 1 June 2011

Four 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 , on 24 May 2011

Although 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 , on 22 May 2011

I 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 , on 19 May 2011

I 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 , on 15 February 2011

During 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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Jobs board

Our jobs board often contains positions away from the bench

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Updated on 15 March 2021