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Unsure of your career path? Explore diverse careers options in human genetics.

General Resources


National Academies: Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers
This National Academies press book "offers its assessment of the postdoctoral experience and provides principles, action points, and recommendations for enhancing that experience."
UCSF Office of Career & Professional Development
  This site offers a wide variety of information from the University of California - San Francisco's Office of Career and Professional Development, including sample CVs, cover letters, and faculty application packages (see "Quick Links" on the right).
Networking Opportunities at the ASHG Annual Meeting
  The ASHG Annual Meeting offers several opportunities for trainees to network with more senior society members. Be sure to sign up for these events when you register! Also explore our list of networking tools and other societies relevant to genetics.
Cover Letter Tips
  This ASHG page has useful tips for writing successful cover letters, as well as a sample structure and other cover letter resources.
CV vs. Resume FAQs
  What is the difference between a CV and a resume? How do you know which to use? Get answers to these questions and more.
NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education Videocasts
From presentations on grant writing, publishing papers, and presenting posters, to presentations on many specific career paths, this collection of videocasts from the NIH has something for everyone.
Genetics Training Programs
Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling  
  This site lists genetic counseling programs by U.S. state and Canadian province that have maintained ACGC accreditation.
American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics  
  This site lists different ABMGG-accredited training programs, ACGME-accredited residency programs, and combined residency training programs.
NPSMA: Professional Science Master's (PSM)  
  This new graduate degree allows students to aquire valuable workplace skills while pursuing advanced training in a science or math field. Genetics and Genomics Graduate Schools  
  This site lists the top 67 genetics and genomics graduate programs in the US using the latest National Research Council data.

Skills Development

APS Professional Skills Training Courses
  The American Physiological Society offers live and online courses through out the year designed to develop trainees' professional skills.
National Postdoctoral Association Core Competencies
  This site defines the skills that should be gained from a succesful postdoc and provides a checklist to helpful you determine how strong your competencies are.

Science Careers How-To Series

  This series of articles provides useful advice on career fairs, interviewing, managing a lab, and other topics.

Career Exploration and Planning

UPenn Career Services: Expanded Career Opportunities
  This narrated presentation explores many aspects of career exploration outside of academia, including transferable skills, informational interviews, and gaining experience through volunteer or internship activities.
Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond
  This National Academies press book "offers guidance to students on planning careers--particularly careers in nonacademic settings--and discusses how to obtain the education and skills necessary to attain their career goals."
Career Path Videos
  In this collection of videos from the Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences, professionals in different science-related careers talk about the day-to-day of their jobs, as well as how they got from a PhD to their current position.
Individual Development Plan
  Learn how crafting an Individual Development Plan can benefit your career.

Career-Specific Resources


Academic Research

The Academic Scientists' Toolkit
  This is a comprehensive collection of articles from Science Careers on everything academic scientists are expected to do - from securing funding to managing people.
NIH New and Early Stage Investigator Resources
  This site offers helpful information on NIH opportunities for early investigators.
Making the Right Moves
  This HHMI book is geared toward postdocs looking for academic faculty positions.
The Whole Scientist  
  Organized by The Jackson Laboratory, this is a four day professional development course designed for graduate students and postdocs.

Industry Research


Applying and Interviewing for Industry Science Jobs

This presentation given by Matthew Seavey talks about the job search and interviewing from an industry-specific point of view.

Science and Law

Careers in Patent Law
  Hear from scientists who have made the transition to patent law in this collection of articles.
Genomics Law Report
  Although this site does not directly address science and law careers, it does offer perspectives on current issues facing the field. A must-read for anyone considering a law-related career!

Science Editing

Careers in Science Editing: An Overview to Use or Share
  This article explores niches in science editing and offers further resources.

Science Education/Outreach

How to Get a Job in Science Education and Outreach
  This article discusses what these positions entail, where they can be found, and the skills necessary to succeed.

Science Policy

Speaking truth to power: Careers in Science Policy
  This presentation from a former AAAS policy fellow outlines what science policy is, who is suited for it, and where to look for jobs.

Science Writing/Media

Science Writing: What are the Markets?
  This article explores options for PhD scientists in the science writing field.
On the Origin of Science Writers
  Ed Yong issued a call for "how I became a science writer" stories. Read through the comments for sage advice from established writers.

Fellowships and Grants


Deadline Area of Interest Predoctoral or Postdoctoral

Citizenship Required

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program Jan. 15, 2017 Science Writing


AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships Nov. 1, 2017 Policy Postdoctoral U.S.
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships- Doctoral Program Oct. 2017 Research Predoctoral C.A. or
Permanent Residence
ASBMB Science Policy Fellowship Program May 2017 Policy Postdoctoral U.S.
ASHG Genetics and Education Fellowship April 2017 Education Postdoctoral No
ASHG Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship April 2017 Policy Postdoctoral No
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health list of Fellowships Varies Research Postdoctoral U.S. or
Permanent Residence
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program Varies by Institution Research Postdoctoral No
Canadian Federation of University Women list of fellowships and awards Nov. 2017 Research Both C.A. or
Permanent Residence
Canada Graduate Scholarships- Master's Program Dec. 1, 2016 Research Predoctoral C.A. or
Permanent Residence
Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program Sept. 2017 Policy Both No
FASEB Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Awards Rolling


Conference Travel Both U.S. or
Permanent Residence
FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program March 2017 Research Postdoctoral U.S. or
Permanent Residence
Fonds de reserche Sante Quebec Training Program Fall 2016 Research Predoctoral C.A. or
Permanent Residence

Fulbright Scholar Program Sept. 2017 Research, Teaching Both No
L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science Feb. 3, 2017 Research Postdoctoral U.S. or
Permanent Residence
Mitacs Accelerate Program Rolling Deadline Research Both No
Mitacs Elevate Program Aug. 2017 Research Postdoctoral No
NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Aug. 25, 2017 Research Postdoctoral U.S. or
Permanent Residence
NHGRI list of Policy Fellowships and Internships Varies Research Both Varies
NIH Career Development Awards (K Series) June 2017 Research Postdoctoral U.S. or Permanent Residence, except K99
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Fellowships (F Series) Varies by Institution Research Both U.S. or
Permanent Residence
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships Program Oct. 2017 Research Postdoctoral C.A. or
Permanent Residence

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program Varies by Institution Research Postdoctoral C.A. or
Permanent Residence
NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students Nov. 2017 Research Predoctoral U.S. or
Permanent Residence
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Oct. 2017 Research Predoctoral U.S. or
Permanent Residence
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology Nov. 7, 2017 Research Postdoctoral U.S. or
Permanent Residence
Ontario Centres of Excellence TalentEdge Fellowship Program Rolling Deadline Research Postdoctoral Eligibility to work in Ontario
United Nations Internship Programme Varies Diplomacy, Policy Predoctoral No
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Varies by Institution Research Predoctoral No
Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program Rolling Deadline Research Postdoctoral No

Job Search Sites


  Academic Industry Other Int'l Jobs Post CV/Resume
AAAS Science Careers Legal, Policy A few
FASEB Career Center    
Biospace Careers Editorial, Education, Policy A few
Bio Careers Education, Legal, Science Writing/Media    
Chronicle of Higher Education   Education A few  
Elsevier (home of Cell Press and AJHG)     Editorial Many  
Employment on FASEB Campus     Science Writing/Media    
   Editorial, Education, Science Writing/Media A
genomeweb Careers Education, Science Writing/Media Many     Many
Nature Jobs Editorial, Legal, Science Writing/Media Many
New Scientist Jobs Editorial, Education, Legal, Policy, Science Writing/Media Many
   Education A few
Staff Icons, Biotech Staffing Service      


Other Job Search Resources


Not only can you search for jobs (including industry and academia) on this site, you can research employers.  Employer information includes salary ranges, employee reviews, and reviews of the interview process. Also allows you to identify any connections to an employer in your Facebook network.

This aggregator site allows you to search by keyword and location, and pulls results Google-style across many different jobs boards.  You can also identify any connections to an employer in your LinkedIn network.

In addition to a job search feature, this site lets you compare salaries by job title and location (US and Canada only for now).  Especially helpful for those transitioning out of academia.


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This page last updated 12/1/2016.


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