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16th Annual NIH Career Symposium- A VIRTUAL event

Major Event: Career Exploration; Academic Careers; Industry Careers; Job Search Skills

May 08, 2023

This event is recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.


In 2023- the Career Symposium will be virtual. It will run from May 8 to May 10. The NIH Career Symposium highlights the diversity of career choices available to your generation of biomedical researchers.  Whether you are a new graduate student, postdoc, or clinical fellow just beginning to consider career options or a senior student/fellow ready to look for a job, the NIH Career Symposium is for you. 



Mon-MAY-8 – Research-intensive Careers (faculty, industry, non-faculty)
  • 11:00 am – 11:50 am Introduction to Careers in Research (all Sectors) (will be recorded)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm Applying to and negotiating for academic faculty positions
  • 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Becoming a faculty member: Transitioning into your new role and setting up a research group
  • 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Industry Research Careers (Session 1)
  • 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Industry Research Careers (Session 2)
  • 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm Three Options: Research (Non-faculty), Public Health, & Clinician Careers
Tues-MAY-9 – Broadening Career Options
  • 11:00 am – 11:50 am Introduction to Careers in Industry (non-research), Policy, Communication, Government, and Education (will be recorded)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm Science Administration in Government, Academic, and Non-Profit settings
  • 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Science Policy
  • 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Science Communication and Education
  • 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Industry, Business of Science
  • 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm Why Career Choices are so Hard: a practical guide for navigating the career process (will be recorded)
Wed-MAY-10 -
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Visiting Fellows: Navigating careers in the US and internationally
  • 10:30 am – 11:20 am Hiring Trends and Making a Career Plan (will be recorded)
  • 11:30 am – 12:20 pm Navigating Career Transitions - addressing: am I/will I get stuck?
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Myths and facts about getting an academic faculty position (will be recorded)
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Building Career Community Through Shared Identities
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Research Training Opportunities at NIH (Intramural) (will be recorded)

If you would like to explore these career options on your own schedule, we have a plethora of panels, interviews and written synopses of previous events. Check out past events here.

We invite any postdoc, clinical fellow, or PhD-level graduate student to join us. You need not be at the NIH to participate. This event is free to attend. 

 (updated 5/10/23