Career Planning Resources
Workshops and Seminars
Every year the Postdoc Office sponsors several Career Development Workshops and Seminars on a wide range of topics from grant writing to entrepreneurship. See Events for details.
Postdoc Alumni Group
The Postdoctoral Chapter of the Mount Sinai Alumni provides advice to postdoctoral researchers on career development, brings together scientists working in academia and the life science industries, and encourages and facilitates collaboration. They co-sponsor the Postdoc Networking socials quarterly. Learn More
Mount Sinai has partnered with BioCareers in order to provide a greater array of career development resources. BioCareers provides online resources and job postings focused on the life sciences. They provide information on a variety of career options available to PhDs and MDs. http://mountsinai.biocareers.com/
New York Academy of Science
For 200 years, NYAS has served as an outstanding resource for New York’s scientists. All first year postdocs receive a complimentary membership in NYAS, NYAS program staff visits MSSM every year to highlight programs and answer questions and the Postdoc Office advertises offerings of particular relevance to all MSSM postdocs . They have extensive web-based and on site career development resources. http://www.nyas.org/ (212) 298.8600
Sinai Neuroscience Outreach Program. Advances neuroscience education in New York City schools. There are opportunities for single class visits and longitudinal programs. http://sinaineurooutreach.wordpress.com/
Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA). Combines traditional postdoctoral research with opportunities to develop teaching skills. See website for details.
Local Institutions. New York City is home to more than 100 colleges and community colleges and many postdoctoral fellows find teaching opportunities they can carry out in their spare time within these venues.
Postdoc Office Library
A collection of books on skill development, career planning and finding jobs inside and outside academia are available to postdocs as reference texts. Titles include:
- Tomorrow’s Professor: Preparing for Careers in Science and Engineering - Richard M. Reis
- Alternative Careers in Science, Second Edition: Leaving the Ivory Tower (Scientific Survival Skills) - Cynthia Robbins-Roth
- A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science -Peter J. Feibelman
- Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development - Toby Freedman
- How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing - Paul J. Silvia
- The Academic Job Search Handbook - Julia Miller Vick
- Lab Dynamics: Management Skills for Scientists - Carl Cohen
- At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory, Second Edition - Kathy Barker
- At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator, Updated Edition - Kathy Barker
Tech Development and Entrepreneurship Opportunities
A 3-day event. The program features leaders "from across the innovation space including Pharma and Biotech leaders, venture capitalists, policy makers, academic thought leaders who teach innovation, as well as Mount Sinai faculty who are leading innovators. Graduate students are required to attend, and postdocs are strongly urged to do so given the importance of the featured topics to their career opportunities."
Investments from Student Interaction with Technology and Entrepreneurs
"To strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New York City by bringing together a select group of graduate students ("InSITE Fellows"), highly promising New York area based start-ups, and leading NYC-based venture capitalists and enabling them to contribute to this ecosystem through a unique mentorship and development program." http://insiteny.org/