Spring 2020


The 2019-20  Careers Beyond Academia Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services, The Graduate School, and the Career Center.

Weds Jan 15, 11:30-12:30 pm 

WHAT: Exploring Careers in Cyber Security with Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence Brian Vecci
WHERE: Broadhead Center rm 068
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/rrou4cq

Join Brian Vecci, Field CTO at Varonis, as he shares insights into the field of cybersecurity, including how it impacts and intersects with multiple disciplines such as computer science, engineering, economics, finance, and data science. As Field CTO at Varonis, Brian supports a wide range of security and technology initiatives by helping Varonis’ customers and partner get the most out of the company’s products. In his 20-year technical career, Brian served as a developer, tech architect, engineer and product manager for companies in financial services, legal, and cybersecurity. Brian joined Varonis in 2010 in technical marketing, led education and development, and now serves as the company’s Field CTO. He holds a CISSP certification and frequently speaks on topics related to security and technology.

Thurs Jan 16, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT: Preparing for Career Fairs and Employer Events: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Broadhead Center rm 068
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/ujm93ob

Career fairs and other types of employer events are great opportunities to connect with recruiters or hiring managers, explore career opportunities and practice your communication and networking skills. Preparation is key in order to have a successful experience. This interactive session will focus on the strategies and tools you can incorporate in order to prepare for these events and stand out as a candidate.

Tues Jan 21, 9:30-10:30 am 

WHAT: Whitsell Innovations Medical Writing Internship Session: “The Scope of Medical Communications”
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2020Whitsell

Wondering what to do if the bench isn’t for you?  Medical/Scientific Writing is one of the fastest-growing careers for PhDs in the sciences – would you like a PAID, part-time internship to introduce you to this field? If so, please join us to learn about potential careers and a paid internship in medical and scientific communication.

Whitsell Innovations (https://www.whitsellinnovations.com/) is a certified woman-owned, full-service medical and scientific writing company headquartered in Chapel Hill NC with writers in 11 US states. Rebekah Fleming, PhD (former Duke postdoc) and Chantelle Rein-Smith, PhD (former UNC postdoc) will speak on “The Scope of Medical Communications.” The presentation will provide an overview of careers for PhDs who are interested in combining their scientific acumen and writing skills. She will address medical writing for pharmaceutical, biotech, and device companies, including the documentation required for submissions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the pre-clinical and clinical development process. She will also address how industry clients use medical writers to share clinical data in manuscripts, training materials, and presentations.

Drs Fleming and Rein-Smith will also discuss the WI Internship Program (https://www.whitsellinnovations.com/careers/). Now in its 9th year, this opportunity is an 18-month, part-time, paid internship available to researchers who are interested in a career in medical writing.

Tues Jan 21, 2-3:30 pm 

WHAT: Job Application Materials Lab
WHERE: Physics Building rm 150
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/weqkhva

In this hands-on lab, you will have the opportunity to work on common job application materials such as a resume, CV, cover letter, and/or statements. You will receive tips, examples, and feedback in order to enhance your documents during the session. This will be useful for any type of career industry you are considering. Please bring a laptop so that you can make edits directly to your documents and leave with more polished job application materials.

Weds Jan 22, 10-3 pm 

WHAT: TechConnect 2020: Connecting Researchers with Industry
WHERE: Penn Pavilion

TechConnect, an event hosted by the Duke University Department of Computer Science, Pratt School of Engineering, and Career Center, brings students and employers together for networking and education. Each year, employers connect with Engineering and Computer Science students and postdocs in an open, dynamic networking environment. Come prepared with resumes to meet industry and tech representatives to learn about employment opportunities available, the characteristics employers seek, as well as a realistic and insightful view of the job market and career paths for PhDs interested in engineering and technical careers.

For more information: https://www2.cs.duke.edu/techconnect/

Thurs Jan 23, 10-3 pm 

WHAT: Spring Career Fair
WHERE: Penn Pavilion

Meet representatives from over 60 companies from a wide variety of industries. View the list of employers attending and filter by degree sought and sponsorship availability at http://career.dukechronicle.com/profiles. Professional dress encouraged; bring copies of your résumé. No registration required.

Fri Jan 24, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT:  Keep Calm and Search for a Job: A Workshop
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 068 Multipurpose Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs may attend without registering.

In this workshop, learn techniques for managing stress and how to apply those techniques throughout the job search process.

Speaker: Aisha Woods Zarb-Cousin is a psychology intern at Duke’s Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Wellness. She recently completed all academic requirements for her Doctorate of Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. She is a United States Air Force veteran, having served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has been an adjunct instructor at several colleges and universities in Texas, teaching a number of psychology courses, as well as co-owned and co-operated a successful private psychotherapy practice for a number of years, dedicated to serving a vast array of clients to include, but not limited to, adolescents, people of color, at-risk youth, LGBTQIA people, and foster families.

Weds Jan 29, 10-11:30 am 

WHAT: Successfully Negotiating Job Offers: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 068 Multipurpose Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/vz7qs62

Learn how to evaluate and negotiate your future job offers with success! We will practice how to communicate your value, learn strategies for figuring out salary and benefit options, and role-play scenarios using effective responses. The techniques learned in this workshop will be useful for any type of career industry you are considering.

Tues Feb 4, 10-11:30 am 

WHAT: Networking Can Be Awkward but You Don’t Have to Be! A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 068 Multipurpose Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/tnfodsz

We have all heard that networking is essential for your career, but many of us feel awkward and aren’t sure how to go about it effectively. If networking makes you nervous, come to this interactive workshop where you will get to practice networking techniques and learn strategies to help you become more successful. We will also practice using online tools to make contact with new people and maintain your relationships over time. Please bring a laptop or smart device to make the most of this workshop.

Thurs Feb 6, 5-6 pm

WHAT: Building a Career in the Federal Government with Vijeth Iyengar, PhD ’16
WHERE: Brodhead Center, Room 216
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/building-career-federal-government-vijeth-iyengar-phd-16

Join us for an informal conversation with Dr. Vijeth Iyengar about his path to a career in the federal government. During graduate school, he began planning his entrée into the federal government through the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF). The PMF-STEM allowed him to leverage his research expertise in psychology and neuroscience at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and while on a secondment to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. Following his PMF-STEM experience, he secured his current position as Brain Health Lead and Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging in HHS. Vijeth also remains actively engaged as a Duke alumnus and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Duke Alumni Association.

Thurs Feb 6 and Fri Feb 7 

WHAT: Careers in Teaching at Private High Schools
WHERE: Location varies; see agenda below
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_55YYiIf2fvT9QoZ

Leading independent high schools can offer PhD graduates a wide range of exciting teaching and administrative opportunities, including robust support for faculty research, strong compensation, and significant benefits for faculty and their families. This event gathers 3 of the nation’s leading independent schools representing different geographic locations and institutional models: The Greenwich Country Day School (CT), Marin Academy (CA), and the Hotchkiss School (CT).


Thurs Feb 6: Panel Discussion & Breakout Sessions

  • 8:45-9 am: Breakfast and Registration, Rm 143 Jones Bldg (ground floor auditorium)
  • 9-10 am: Panel Discussion: Career Opportunities in Independent Education
  • 10:30-10:45 am: Break
  • 10:45-12 pm: Breakout Session
    – Deciding Between Boarding and Day Schools (Jones 117)
    – Beyond the Classroom: The Culture of Private Schools (MSRB 001)
    – Research, Publishing, & Professional Development Opportunities (Jones 143)Fri Feb 7: Interview Day (9 am-4 pm, 30-minute interviews)Interviews will be held by all 3 schools at the Duke Career Center. If you are interested in an informational interview or applying to a position, email your resume and any supporting materials (not required) to ghmrecruiting20@gmail.com, and a school representative will respond to schedule a 30 minute meeting.

Thurs Feb 13, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT: Job and Internship Search Strategies
WHERE: Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Bryan Center, Rm 100
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/tscsvuo

Searching for a job or internship can be overwhelming, especially when you’re unsure of what the steps in the process look like. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to identify the types of positions you’re interested in, prioritize your search and create a targeted plan for outreach. You’ll leave this session with resources on how to look for jobs or internships and clear next steps. Please bring a laptop or smart device to make the most of this workshop.

Weds Feb 19, 2-3:30 pm 

WHAT: Interview Practice: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 303 Tower Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/smpakrz

Whether conducted in-person, virtually, or via phone, interviews are an opportunity to tell your story while clearly conveying your skills, interest and overall fit for a specific position and organization. In this workshop, you will learn useful strategies to prepare strong responses and also practice answering some of the most common behavioral-style interview questions.

Tues Feb 25, 9:30-11 am

WHAT: Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
WHEN:  (light breakfast and coffee provided)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2020RCRIDP

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can greatly impact and shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can enhance your chances of getting what you came for. During this program participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them. Topics covered include:

  • The importance of setting goals and developing an IDP
  • Introduction to the SMART goals model
  • Resources for crafting and executing your IDP
  • Strategies for establishing expectations and effectively communicating research and career goals with your mentor/PI

Speaker: Dara Wilson-Grant is the Associate Director at the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and a National Certified Career Counselor. With over fifteen years experience providing career management education and counseling, Dara’s mission is to help individuals develop a framework for choosing a meaningful and rewarding career path, plus develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of career success.

NOTE: This seminar provides Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit. Duke postdoctoral appointees are required to have yearly RCR training, as outlined at http://ors.duke.edu/orsmanual/rcr-postdoctoral-researchers.

Tues Feb 25, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT: Finding Your Fit: How to Explore Career Options with Your Graduate Degree
WHERE: Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Bryan Center, Rm 100
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/tnvp9yw

Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of choosing a career after graduation or following your postdoctoral appointment? Learn how to design an effective method for exploring, evaluating and deciding on the next steps in your career. No matter where you are in the career decision-making process, this workshop can help you!

Tues Feb 25, 5:30-7 pm 

WHAT: Webinar: IQVIA Consulting Services Info Session for PhDs
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/yx722ywy

IQVIA Consulting Services works with leading organizations in life sciences across the private, public and social sectors. We share a passion for healthcare and a desire to shape the future of global health. We work in a truly entrepreneurial environment where innovation is encouraged and colleagues are inspired to drive towards new solutions.

As an Associate Consultant with IQVIA Consulting Services, you will be a part of an environment where responsibility begins with our commitment to clients. You will participate in the design, development and delivery of medium-sized consulting projects or components of larger, complex projects. Your experience will help you leverage business experience and acumen in identifying strategic alternatives and project approach to client questions.   We are looking for full time Associate Consultants to join our offices in July 2020. We will be hosting a webinar for advanced degree candidates and look forward to connecting with you.

Important Dates:

– Info Webinar: Tues Feb 25, 5:30 – 7 pm
– Resume Deadline: Sun Mar 1, 11:59 pm
– Phone Interviews: March-April 2020
– Final Round (in person) Interviews: Mid-March to April-May 2020

In order to be considered, you MUST follow our application process:

– Apply for a start in July 2020 at one of the following offices: New York NY; Cambridge MA; San Francisco CA.
– Submit your application at https://tinyurl.com/rh5udoq.

Questions? Email Emily Chan, Early Talent Recruiter, at emily.chan@iqvia.com

Weds Feb 26, 12-1:30 pm

WHAT: 2020 PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Fair
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/rjmr49a

Postdocs, graduate students, and alumni from select institutions are invited to chat online with employers including BASF, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, CDC, BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co) and more. You can upload your resume, browse job openings, chat with employers, and attend the fair from anywhere!

Comments from past participants:

  • “Less pressure and surprisingly, less awkwardness than a real-life career fair.”
  • “Great and easy way to talk to people from organizations that are hiring.”

Sponsored by the Graduate Career Consortium, whose members include Duke, UNC, NCSU, Vanderbilt, Cornell, Harvard, and NYU. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/rjmr49a

Weds Mar 4, 10-11:30 am 

WHAT: Polishing Your Online Presence: A Hands-on Lab for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Bryan Center, Rm 100
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/v22oky6

Online tools such as LinkedIn, portfolios or personal websites can be useful opportunities to promote yourself. If you would like assistance creating or polishing your online presence then join us during this hands-on “lab” where you can look at samples, receive tips and get immediate feedback. Please bring a laptop or smart device to work and make edits.

Weds Mar 11, 2-5 pm  CANCELLED

WHAT: Camargo Pharmaceutical Services presents an afternoon with our scientists: FROM ACADEMIA TO INDUSTRY
WHERE: Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, 800 Taylor Street, Ste 101,  Durham, NC 27701
REGISTER: Email: talent@camargopharma.com

Join us for an informal business networking mixer to meet and greet our talented scientific team and learn more about their transition from academia to industry.

2:00 Welcome & introductions: Dan Duffy, CEO

2:15—3:00 The opening session presented by Drs. Olu Aloba and Marcoita Gilbert Thompson, and Jennie Orr, VP of Development & Client Services will provide a high-level overview of the drug development lifecycle, as well as what it’s like to be a scientist at Camargo.

3:00—3:45 Dr. Lara Duffney leads a robust discussion on how the work you’re doing today will translate into your industry career.

3:45—4:00 Office tour and bio break

4:00—4:45 Join Drs. Seth DePuy, Marissa Berry and Cliff Toleman as they discuss their personal journey from the bench and industry to working as Regulatory Scientists on the Regulatory team.

4:45—5:00 Q&A and closing comments

5:00 Join the larger Camargo team for happy hour at Hi-Wire brewery located just steps away from our office! Interact with team members from all areas of the business, including development, regulatory, corporate services and business development!


OLU ALOBA, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CMC SERVICES: Olu earned his MS and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from St John’s University. Olu has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical development, from concept through regulatory approval, and has been at Camargo since 2014. Olu has special expertise in drug and device applications and development of low dose solid dosage forms.

CLIFF TOLEMAN, REGULATORY SCIENTIST: Cliff has over 15 years of biochemistry experience in various drug and enzyme pathways, including graduate work at Alabama-Birmingham and postdoctoral research at St Jude Children’s Hospital. His experience with literature review and data presentation drew him to Camargo in February of 2019 directly from a senior scientist position at Duke University.

STACY SCHNIEBER, VICE PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE & CULTURE: Stacy brings more than nineteen years of experience in Human Resources to Camargo, where she works as VP of people and culture. In the role, she works with strong interpersonal skills to continuously develop the organization, while strategically planning for long term needs.

JENNIE ORR, VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT & CLIENT SERVIVCES:Jennie has 17 years of life sciences industry experience, most recently as the VP of product strategy at Liquidia Technologies, a biopharmaceutical company developing 505(b)(2) products. She also specialized in pharmaceutical and vaccine marketing strategy as a consultant with the Monitor Group.

MARCOITA GILBERT, TOXICOLOGIST: Marcoita earned her PhD in toxicology from ECU and did a postdoc at UNC-Chapel Hill, examining neural mechanisms underlying drug use during pregnancy resulting in altered craniofacial morphology. Joining Camargo in 2015, in 2019 Marcoita transitioned to Nonclinical Services where she continues to provide critical support to project teams and clients.

DAN DUFFY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: In 2018, Dan Duffy joined Camargo Pharmaceutical Services as chief executive officer. With a people-centered leadership style, Dan’s focus is on establishing Camargo as the preferred global partner for drug development and commercialization of enhanced and complex therapeutics to serve patients in need with a focus on better outcomes for all stakeholders.

LARA DUFFNEY, REGULATORY SCIENTIST III: Prior to joining Camargo, Lara earned her PhD in neuroscience from SUNY Buffalo, and completed a postdoc at Duke University in the Department of Pediatrics, with a focus in psychiatric neuroengineering. Her role at Camargo allows her to utilize her critical thinking skills, maintaining scientific creativity while working to transform patient care.

SETH DePUY, REGULATORY SCIENTIST: Seth joined Camargo in March of 2019, bringing 10 years of postgraduate experience from both academia and industry. His primary focus was in the fields of neuroscience and physiology. Working in the regulatory space of drug development is new to Seth. “This has been a big career change for me… I’m learning a lot and really enjoying it!”

MARISSA BERRY, REGULATORY SCIENTIST III: Marissa earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from UNC in 2017. Marissa participated in regulatory affairs internships at Chiesi, Cato, and Roivant. Her internship at Roivant led to a full-time job opportunity, where she worked on various new drugs and biologics, with a focus on rare diseases, before joining the Camargo team in August 2019.

Questions? Email Stacy Schnieber, Vice President of People and Culture, at sschnieber@camargopharma.com

Thurs Mar 12, 10-11:30 am CANCELLED – speaker is unable to travel at this time

WHAT: Medical Science Liaison Careers
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2020Liaison

The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is a specific role within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, CRO and other health-care industries. MSLs have advanced scientific training and academic credentials generally consisting of a doctorate (PhD, PharmD, MD) in the life sciences. They concentrate on a specific Therapeutic Area (eg, Oncology, Cardiology, CNS, Pulmonary, Surgery, Women’s Health) and disease state. [from the Medical Science Liaison Society, https://www.themsls.org/what-is-an-msl/]

Are you interested in a career as an MSL? Frank M. Perez, PhD, Director of Medical Science Liaisons for Amneal Pharmaceuticals, will discuss:

  • Pharma culture
  • Medical Affairs/Research jobs: responsibilities and competencies
  • Resume writing tips
  • Interviewing tips
  • Networking tips