As a student or postdoc you’ve seen the many people that make an institution run.
Learning requires more than just teachers. To get students, help them succeed in school and assist with the transition out of school, institutions need admissions officers, deans, academic support teams, student life coordinators, and alumni relations officers.
Similarly, science requires more than just scientists. Labs need people to write grants, manage the finances, get IRB and other approvals, coordinate research projects, and manage data.
Your university and research experience set you up perfectly for any one of these positions, which can ultimately lead to more advanced positions such as being the director of a large research program or a university provost.
Andrea Bauman-Carnegie, PhD, Director of Administrative Operations, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
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
Career development officer
Director of diversity
Research coordinator/administrator/director/program manager
Grant manager/administrator/writer/editor/program officer
IACUC (institutional animal care and use committee) coordinator/manager
IRB (internal review board) manager/administrator
Research development associate/specialist/coordinator
Senior research officer
Technology licensing agent/specialist/associate
Technology transfer agent/officer/specialist/manager