Career Development

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The Individual Development Plan is an ongoing exercise designed to guide your thinking about your long-term and short-term career plans.

The University of Minnesota Medical School and a graduate student committee have developed the IDP to be used by graduate and postdoctoral trainees as part of their career development strategy.

Download the IDP in your format of choice:

Another tool, myIDP offered by ScienceCareers can also be used to identify potential careers and set realistic goals that will help you be successful in whichever career path you choose. 

Career Development Videos

NIH F31 Workshop

Yoji Shimizu, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in the Medical School leads the Fall 2020 workshop on the process of writing and submitting an NIH predoctoral fellowship application.

Additional Resources

CVs Resumes & Cover Letters

Different jobs can require the submission of different kinds of information such as a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV) or resume. Below are some references that provide information on the differences between the CV and Resume. How to craft an effective CV, Resume and cover letter.

Articles & Information Web Sites

Moving to Industry - A Nature article where life-science industry insiders offer tips on how to beat job competitors.

Future of Research - a grass-roots organization working to discuss problems in research careers and seek solutions to those problems.

Form Your Own Peer Mentoring Group: A How-To Guide for Scientists - Addgene's Blog

Banish the Smarm - an article on how to overcome the negative image of networking

Postdocs Leaving the Lab - Science, Nov 2016

Postdoc Now, Think Later?

Scientista - Women in Science - An organization of Women in STEM. There are some very good articles in the Advice Center.

Versatile PhD - A website that provides tools for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in non-academic careers. These tools are designed for students in the humanities, social sciences and STEM disciplines and they provide both free and subscription based services to its users. Features include interactive tools, community discussions, job listings, networking opportunities and local meet-ups. The U of M participates in the subscription based service, so students can access additional content.

Health Policy Research Scholars - Health Policy Research Scholars is a national leadership development program for first-or-second-year doctoral students in any academic discipline who want to apply their research to help build healthier and more equitable communities. We’re looking for any student whose research has the potential to impact health and well-being—the economics PhD student examining how the marketplace drives decisions that create barriers to good health. The engineering PhD student studying systems that better support wellness. The agriculture PhD student who pursues research while keeping an eye on how it impacts long-term health. The goal of the program is to train doctoral students to use their discipline-based research training to advance health equity to build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone to live longer, healthier lives.

Economic Development Fellows Consulting Program - connect groups of graduate students to serve as consultants to Minnesota companies looking to overcome business challenges.

Having "The Conversation" - How do you tell your advisor that you don’t want to pursue the faculty path? Or, at least, that you’re exploring other possibilities?

Science Communication: a career where PhDs can make a difference - Article in Molec Biology of the Cell on this career path

Alternative PhD Careers - LinkedIn Group with ongoing discussions on careers outside of the academic research track

From Bench Science to ..? - A series of articles on alternative career paths by a PhD in physiology/development who is now a science writer


Boreas Leadership Program  - Boreas offers University of Minnesota graduate and professional students and post-doctoral fellows free co-curricular leadership development opportunities that build on the strengths of graduate education to create effective change agents.

CTSI Career and Professional Development Seminars

Minnesota Innovation Corps - Courses, seminars and workshops on entrepreneurship, business processes and technology transfer

Research Group Management in the Biological Sciences - This CBS professional development course is aimed at postdoctoral scientists and senior graduate students who envision transitioning to a project or group leadership position in academia, industry, or government research.

Presentations in the Biological Sciences (APS 6011) - This CCE course in Applied Professional Studies gives students experience in the diverse ways in which biologists communicate in their professional lives.

AAAS Career Development Center - Offers an array of online courses related to all aspects of career development. AAAS members can register for courses for free or at a reduced cost.

Campus Resources/Groups

Intern Opportunities

the OTC hires interns that are paid on an hourly basis. You will be asked to conduct a variety of searches for existing intellectual property or patents in the context of a University research proposal for commercialization. It is a chance to gain insight into a career as a patent agent, patent attorney, technology transfer officer and more.
Student consulting teams (approximately five students/postdocs per team) work with companies to identify a set of project goals and develop strategies for addressing their unique business challenges. Consulting teams are led by an economic development fellow who serves as project manager and acts as a liaison between the team and the client.

College of Biological Sciences:

A workshop designed to empower participants to discover the value of your skills beyond applied research and to map broader career landscapes

Medical School & Graduate Program Specific

The Microbiology Immunology and Cancer Biology Program's Graduate Career Development committee aims to promote education, opportunity, inclusion and excellence surrounding the exploration of available career paths.
A committee that supports neuroscience graduate student career development by providing resources and events to help identify and pursue career goals.

General UMN Career Resources

The Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way - from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers career development seminars that are learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students on a variety of research-related topics.
The University of Minnesota's internet-based resource to help connect students and alumni with organizations that provide employment, volunteer opportunities, and internships throughout the world.
A guide to career resources at the University of Minnesota

Academic (Postdoc) Career Resources

A $36M investment by Minnesota's legislature that partners university researchers and state industries to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality in Minnesota and beyond.
The Center for Education Innovation offers a set of courses designed to provide a teaching and learning forum in which participants discuss learning theory and strategies, develop teaching skills, create classroom and job search materials, and work with faculty from a range of institutional types.
The University of Minnesota Post-Doctoral Association aims to improve the quality of the postdoctoral experience on campus and to facilitate the long-term success of its members.
Courses offered at the university for those interested in Data Science.
Get trained on supercomputing at the MSI.

Consulting & Technology Transfer Career Resources

The Advanced Professional Degree Consulting Club provides a highly informative forum for graduate students to learn about consulting as a career option.
An interdisciplinary program that combines basic research, applied and translational research, education and training, and outreach and public engagement all related to medical devices.
The MIN-Corps offers a variety of short-term non-credit bootcamps and workshops aimed at catalyzing technology commercialization across the University of Minnesota.
The TLI offers courses and seminars related to the creation of medical device innovations where you can apply the experience you've gained from your current degree.
The MILIsa aims to develop new leaders for success in the global medical industry by creating opportunities for MILIsa members to engage medical industry representatives and recruiters and prepare them for medical industry interviews leading to successful transitions post-graduation.

Entrepreneurship Career Resources

the OTC Oversees all aspects of technology commercialization at the Universty, bridging the gap between the lab and the marketplace to connect faculty with companies to achieve results.
The Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship in the Carlson School of Management has several clubs and programs that interested students can join.
A collaborative venture between the Carlson School of Management, the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Design and sponsoring companies. Teams of students and faculty work over nine months to develop a working prototype of a new product and a business plan and then complete the process to product launch.
An excellent program that offers courses for those students who are interested in entrepreneurship.

Science & Technical Writing Career Resources

Inquiry promotes U of M research excellence and innovation to a broad audience and taps into the collective knowledge of our research community. We welcome ideas for original stories as well as story submissions from across the university.
Two Courses of note are:
WRIT 8520 - Seminar in Scientific and Technical Communication
WRIT5196 - Internship in Scientific and Technical Communication
The online graduate certificate in technical communication program provides graduate-level instruction for working professionals and students to enhance your knowledge and skills in technical communication. The graduate certificate prepares you for jobs such as technical writer and editor, web content writer and management, information architect, online content/social media editor, and e-learning designer.

Law Career Resources

The University of Minnesota has a long, proud history of innovation & discovery, and our office works to get the revolutionary technologies that result from this research into the hands of the public. We understand each stakeholder has specific needs. To best respond to those needs, we are organized into industry groups, ensuring we have the right knowledge and experience at the table.
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community, with nearly 14,000 members. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals from law firms, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

Science Policy Career Resources

The Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School focuses on public issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment, and society that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, human health and well-being. By integrating science with public policy, community action, and multi-sector governance, the center advances the common good in a complex and diverse world.

Minnesota Opportunities

Interested in Academics & Teaching?

Local Colleges and Universities

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A private Catholic liberal arts university, located in St. Paul and Minneapolis
A two-year college located in Bloomington
One of the largest and most diverse community colleges in Minnesota
A Community and Technical College, is a two-year college located in Saint Paul
A coeducational, residential, four-year, private liberal arts college in Northfield,
a private liberal arts college in the historic town of Northfield

Interested in going into Industry? 

Local Companies Looking for Advanced Science Degree Hires


Based in Minnesota, Target is the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, behind Walmart.
Medtronic is a medical device company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Their operational headquarters is in Fridley, Minnesota. Medtronic is the world's largest standalone medical technology development company.
The 3M Company, formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, is an American multinational conglomerate corporation based in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul.
Activesoft is an IT staffing agency that offers flexible staffing options. Many companies are leveraging the services of staffing companies to gain access to talent and adjust their workforce based on the cyclical needs of their business. Activesoft offers contract, contract-to-hire, direct hire and project team staffing options to quickly increase and decrease your workforce.
VALERE is located in Minnesota with consultants delivering creative and information technology services to clients in retail, healthcare, finance, advertising and e-commerce industries. They call the Twin Cities home and strive to make our community better by giving back.
Honeywell International, Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate company that produces a variety of commercial and consumer products, engineering services and aerospace systems for a wide variety of customers, from private consumers to major corporations and governments.
CG3 is a specialized firm focused on bringing new ideas to market and driving growth in the healthcare, scientific and technology industries.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul office of Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM) provides project management leadership services to Twin Cities businesses seeking better ways to transform strategy into tangible, sustainable results.
Minnesota based Medical Technology Consultant company.
Emerson Consultants is a medical technology reimbursement consulting firm located in downtown Excelsior, MN.
Healthcare Consultants with a branch in Minneapolis.
Antares Pharma is a revenue-generating, product focused, specialty pharmaceutical company that has developed three proprietary platforms, two of which now include FDA approved products.
Medpace Inc. is a clinical research organization and drug and medical device development service, critical to the advancement of global clinical trials.
Radiant Research, Inc. is a comprehensive clinical research and development company serving the biopharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products industries for over 22 years. Radiant employs the skills of more than 500 clinical research professionals exclusively focused on providing professional, high quality study conduct and drug development services.
R&D Systems, a Minnesota-based biological products company, started by producing hematology controls and calibrators for use in hospitals and clinics.
Toxikon is a preclinical contract research organization. We contract and partner with biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries to deliver exceptional product development services from concept to final product.
Urologix is the leader in less invasive, in-office BPH treatment. Based in Minneapolis.
Vascular Solutions is a medical device company committed to providing superior clinical solutions for diagnostic and interventional vascular procedures. Headquartered in Minneapolis.
The Boston Scientific Corporation (abbreviated BSC) is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a range of interventional medical specialties, including interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, peripheral interventions, neuromodulation, neurovascular intervention, electrophysiology, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, endoscopy, oncology, urology and gynecology.
Develops and markets medical devices for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Developing an implantable device to treat morbid obesity. Information for investors and prospective employees. Based in St. Paul.
MEDTOX operates a SAMHSA-certified drug testing laboratory, a CAP and CLIA-certified clinical laboratory and a diagnostic division which is an FDA registered establishment. Based in Saint Paul.
Provide innovative solutions and superior support to help healthcare professionals and providers ensure safety, enhance patient outcomes, and improve the total cost of care. Global Headquarters in Saint Paul.
St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE: STJ) is an American global medical device company headquartered in Little Canada, Minnesota.
General Mills, Inc., is an American multinational manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. It is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.
It doesn't just stop at the ones listed. The twin cities area is home to thousands of companies looking for the best and brightest young minds!

Interested in Science Writing?

Twin Cities Information

Companies using science writers in the Twin Cities

National Resources

Opportunities Across the Country 

Science Career Search Engines

Jobs in the scientific field.
Jobs in healthcare, pharma, and science
Life Science Jobs
Jobs in Non-profits & Policy Jobs
Open positions in the NIH
Job opportunities at the FDA
For those who are looking in to further post-doctoral training at the NIH
A great general job search engine
A science-related recruiting agency
A career resource + search engine through Science
A career resource + search engine through Nature
Professioanl jobs posted on the SACNAS website

National Biotech Company Databases

A database of biotech companies listed by location. Helpful in locating some campanies in states or cities you are interested in.
A massive list of pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Miscellaneous Resources that may aid in your job search and careers

A quick overview guide on the type of government jobs one can get with a Ph.D.
A forum in which to join forces to improve their craft and encourage conditions that promote good science writing.
The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is the resource for professional medical communicators, promoting excellence in medical communication and providing educational resources in support of that goal.

A forum in which to join forces to improve their craft and encourage conditions that promote good science writing.

A national leadership development program for first-or-second-year doctoral students in any academic discipline who want to apply their research to help build healthier and more equitable communities.