Academia encompasses careers in research, teaching or both. If you want to exclusively conduct research look for research professorships and staff scientist positions. If you want to exclusively teach, look for lecturer positions, or professorships at small schools and community colleges.  Or if you are looking to do a combination, explore individual schools to learn about the expected balance between research and teaching.

Alumni Spotlight

Puck Ohi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

In the “Beyond the Lab” video series, the BRET Office of Career Development within the Vanderbilt School of Medicine interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path.

Sample Job Titles

Assistant/associate professor

Research assistant professor

Research associate/staff scientist


Professional Organizations