External Resources

A list of non-Columbia resources that are beneficial to postdocs. OPA also comprises and sends out a weekly email of upcoming external events to all postdocs on their email list.

The AAAS seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." AAAS publishes five respected peer-reviewed journals and is a great spot for science news. See the AAAS website for more information.

NIH OITE offers a variety of archived videos of their career and professional development skills workshops on such topics as communication skills, grant writing, career exploration, networking for scientists and engineers, the industry job search, and academic job search just to name a few. 

Have you ever wondered where you are going in your career and how you might be able to better manage your career and stay on task to achieve your career goals (or to develop career goals in the first place)? You should read the following articles and complete your own individual development plan (geared towards science postdocs but still relevant for a wide-range of fields): http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/author/cynthia-n.-fuhrmann and http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/ 

Elsevier, the widely known publishing company, has a career resources webpage that provides a fair amount of career resources for early stage researcher, with a particular focus on publishing.

There are a wealth of events on career and professional development topics of interest to postdocs that take place across NYC hosted by a large number of different groups. You may be interested in learning about these various events, and now there is a convenient way to do so through the New York Science Career Events page and mailing list.

  • Science Careers is a great resource for articles on science related career information and news. Science careers also provides a large searchable database of science related job opportunities. Science careers can be found here: http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/
  • The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) organizes many seminars, workshops, and courses for NYC area scientists and non-scientists. The main NYAS webpage is located here: http://www.nyas.org/default.aspx . The NYAS also runs the Science Alliance, a hub of career development resources for students and postdocs in the NYC area that consists of a consortium of all of the NYC area Universities. The Science Alliance webpage contains video interviews with individuals with science backgrounds who have gone on to a variety of careers (research and non-research) and can be found at:http://www.nyas.org/WhatWeDo/ScienceAlliance/Careers.aspx?tid=4ac9a42b-60f2-4391-87a0-f81535a6a41d
  • For female graduate students and postdocs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Columbia there are three organizations you should check out. The organizations routinely hold interesting and well attended events and all three organizations look for members to get involved in a variety of capacities. The first group is based right here at Columbia University, Women in Science @ Columbia, and their webpage can be found here: http://womeninscienceatcolumbia.org/ . The second organization you should check out, is the NY Women in STEM organization and their website can be found here:www.NYWiSTEM.wordpress.com . The third group is a local chapter of the national group, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), with the local chapter’s webpage found here: http://metronyawis.weebly.com/
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, NY runs numerous courses for students and postdocs on particular scientific research focus areas. Their course listings can be found here:http://meetings.cshl.edu/courses.html
  • The Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts runs a series of summer courses for students and postdocs including a well-regarded one on microscopy. Their summer course listings can be found here: http://hermes.mbl.edu/education/courses/summer/index.html
  • Are you considering an Industry career? If so you should definitely check out Science career’s guide for scientists transitioning to Industry that was recently compiled:http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2014_07_03/caredit.a1400170
  • If you are interested in biotech start-ups you should consider checking out Harlem Biospace: http://harlembiospace.com/ . Join their Synaptic mailing list to learn about job opportunities and events happening there.
  • For anyone interested in the medical/science writing profession, there is a free weekly mailing list you can join to hear about numerous medical writing jobs, including many which could be performed part time as a freelancer:http://www.hittmedicalwriting.com/hmw/the-hittlist/ . Also there is a course and book series on what you need to know about careers in medical/science writing available through their website.
  • Want to learn about science journalism and the skills necessary to excel in this field? If so, you should consider taking the World Science Journalism Federation course (online and free): http://www.wfsj.org/course/ .
  • For anyone interested in becoming a scientist-entrepreneur, you might want to check out The Entrepreneurship Lab, a NYC based organization designed for NYC life scientist students and postdocs interested in gaining practical entrepreneurial experience. Their webpage can be found athttp://elabnyc.com/ . Interested in learning more about the latest happenings in the science and technology entrepreneurship world? If so, you might want to keep up to date using http://www.xconomy.com/
  • Are you interested in technology transfer and product commercialization? If so, you should read about what the Columbia University Technology Ventures Office does, join their mailing list, and attend some of the events they host throughout the year. Their website and mailing list can be found at: www.techventures.columbia.edu and Subscribe to our mailing list. You can also attend one of the riverside chat series seminars that are put on by NYC Tech connect. Go to their webpage here: http://nyctechconnect.com/
  • Are you interested in becoming a medical science liason, if so, you should explore job opportunities listed on these sites: www.MSLjobs.com
  • Are you a postdoctoral researcher here with a focus on Neuroscience? If so you should check out the Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative:http://ctni.info/ . They have a newsletter, NERVE which one can subscribe to in order to find out about the latest neuroscience research going on right here at Columbia.
  • Does your research involve computer science? If so, you should definitely check out the ASCENT program: The NYC ASCENT program is for Computer Science and Engineering postdocs. ASCENT is a program aimed at Advancing Computer Science Careers through EnhancedNetworking and Training.
  • Do you wish to have personalized recommendations of the best research articles in biology and medicine by the world’s largest group of leading scientists and clinicians? Check out the Faculty of 1000 Prime:http://f1000prime.com . F1000Prime offersfast and comprehensive identification and assessment of the best research articles in biology and medicine by the world’s largest group of leading scientists and clinicians. F1000Prime provides researchers with a personalized literature service using a collection of innovative tools and resources.
  • If you are interested in what is happening in the non-profit sector, a great resource is The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which also maintains a searchable database for jobs in the non-profit sector at many foundations and non-governmental organizations. The Chronicle of Philanthropy can be found here: http://philanthropy.com/section/Home/172/
  • Another great resource for the non-profit sector is Idealist, which maintains databases of volunteer opportunities as well as a plethora of jobs available at non-profits across the country. Their website can be reached here:http://www.idealist.org/
  • Are you interested in exploring a career working for the US government? Remember the US government encompasses many federal organizations such as the EPA, NIH, NSF, FDA, FBI and USDA among others. If so check out this webpage for a full listing of job opportunities working for the US Government: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Government-Jobs.shtml
  • Interested in working on the policy end of Science? If so you will want to look into the premier fellowship/training program to do just that:http://www.aaas.org/program/science-technology-policy-fellowships
  • Thinking about exploring a career in consulting? Did you know that Columbia University has a consulting club? The Columbia Graduate Consulting Club holds regular events and membership to their group is open to postdocs. Check out their website:http://www.columbia.edu/cu/consultingclub/
  • For anyone interested in life science consulting, I would strongly suggest you check out The Solution Lab, a non-profit dedicated to educating graduate students and postdocs about healthcare and pharma consulting through workshops, seminars, and volunteer experiences. The solution lab webpage can be found at http://thesolutionlab.org/