Help people conduct and use science, responsibly. Patent and intellectual property law deals with protecting people’s rights to inventions and designs. Science policy experts apply scientific knowledge to the creation of policies in an effort to best serve the public. Regulatory affairs professionals ensure that companies abide by all laws and regulations. Each of these areas involves expert scientific knowledge combined with the ability to read and write highly detailed laws, policies & procedures.
Seth Ogden, PhD, JD, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner
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
Intellectual property lawyer/attorney
Public affairs officer
Quality control specialist
Technology transfer agent/officer/specialist
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) is a 501-c3 non-profit, non-partisan and internationally recognized, open-access peer-review publication. JSPG serves as a vehicle for students, policy fellows, early career professionals and young scholars of all academic backgrounds to publish on the widest range of topics at the intersection of science, technology, innovation, and public policy.