Category Archives: Career Opportunities

Pride and Prejudice – or: How to deal with the employment office

“Studying biology should be considered a hobby”, that is what a speaker humorously mentioned at a job talk hosted by the Bonner Forum Biomedicine last year. The speaker, who had a PhD in biology and successfully worked in industry for two decades, did not intend to say that studying biology is easy, but she pointed out that there are simply too many students for too … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice – or: How to deal with the employment office »

How a snail became a lion – Interview about PhD and industry experience

As the wine and the cheese were getting low, and the candles were burning down I was learning more and more about my friend’s (who wished to remain anonymous) half-year-long experience as a consultant in a company specializing in business consultancy in the health care field. Her job is to collect information (internet search, phone calls, field visits etc.) about a given health care topic. … Continue reading How a snail became a lion – Interview about PhD and industry experience »

Science Management – Be involved in decisions to shape future science

This week we got the exclusive chance to interview Dr. Catherine Drescher, Cluster Manager of the ImmunoSensation Cluster. Catherine studied Molecular Biomedicine in Bonn and did her PhD at the Institute of Experimental Immunology. There, she worked on immune tolerance in the kidney and cross-priming of cytotoxic T cells. After one year as a postdoc, Catherine switched into Science Management and became Manager in the … Continue reading Science Management – Be involved in decisions to shape future science »

Science and the City

We had recently started talking to people who are scientists by training and successfully launched their careers after finishing their studies. Here, we mostly got our hands on fellow scientists who managed to gain foothold in industry, which is why it was about time to recall that the rocky road of academia might also be an alluring prospect. When hunting for potential new interview partners, … Continue reading Science and the City »

BFB Dinner: Working in industry, what to look for when choosing your future company, and the current situation on the crop market

To give insight into different career paths the BFB (Bonner Forum für Biomedizin organizes dinners with different guests from industry as well as academia. This time we met Prof. Dr Hanno Wild who works as a Senior Vice President for Bayer in a nice Italian restaurant.   In North Rhine-Westphalia, Bayer is well known to be a huge employer operating in crop science, animal health as … Continue reading BFB Dinner: Working in industry, what to look for when choosing your future company, and the current situation on the crop market »

When the road gets rough… – From studying to applying to finally finding a job that suits you

Choosing to study biology is a decision made out of passion. Unfortunately, considering the job market today, passion sounds pretty romantic. As Master’s or PhD students we work really hard to set up experiments and to get our work done whilst constantly trying to improve ourselves and become the scientists that we have always wanted to be. Whenever people ask what I am doing, they … Continue reading When the road gets rough… – From studying to applying to finally finding a job that suits you »

What will we do after our PhD?!?

Well, probably we will be… brilliant but crazy (just kidding) scientists. At least that is what the statistics show. But we also have a good chance of exploring other options. According to Paula Stephan from Harvard, 48% of the proud PhD title holders stay in academia, 23% go to industry, 9% work for the government, 11% do something else (?), and 10 % do not … Continue reading What will we do after our PhD?!? »

Medical Writing & Project Management – Bridging science to applications

Franziska Frey studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine in Munich and Bonn. After her studies and one further year of research, Franziska started as a Medical Writer and Project Manager in a small healthcare communication agency called infill . Here, Franziska tells us about her work as Medical Writer and the projects she manages there.    Back to your roots – what was your background before … Continue reading Medical Writing & Project Management – Bridging science to applications »

Career development: Have the right feeling

According to this year´s Nature Graduate Student Survey , most graduates worldwide plan to pursue an academic career. In Germany, almost sixty percent of the graduates are very certain that they want to stay in academia, while only ten percent answered that they will very likely leave the academic track. Within the Cluster Science Days evening program “Life after your PhD” we discussed the questions … Continue reading Career development: Have the right feeling »