For Students: Biomedical and Life Sciences Fair

Biomedical & Life Sciences Career Fair 
Tuesday September 26, 2017

1-4pm, Smilow Center for Translational Research
Commons/auditorium, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Registered employers

See the list of employers who have registered for the fair below - you can see the most recent list by activating your Handshake account and visiting: This fair is only for PhD students and postdocs, and so these employers are looking for candidates with your STEM knowledge, research abilities, and experiences.

NEW - see a summary of selected open positions identifed by employers that they are happy to discuss at the career fair - CLICK HERE

Pharma, Biotech, Consumer Products, and Medical Devices:


Consulting, Market Research, and Analytics:

Medical and Science Communications, and Scientific Publishing:

Policy, Scientific Associations, and Non-Profits

Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer

Info sessions

Some of the employers at this career fair will be giving info sessions during the fair. These short presentations will give a more in-depth understanding of the different industries, the culture of the individual employers, and will provide advice on how you can effectively apply for open positions. The schedule of presentations will be finalized closer to the date of the career fair, and you will be able to find this schedule on this webpage and through the Career Fair Plus appbiomed_CF_school_logo.png

1:15-1:30     Johnson & Johnson       
1:30-1:45     Cambridge Biomedical        
1:45-2:00     PharmaWrite
2:00-2:15     AAAS
2:15-2:30     Lifescience Dynamics
2:30-2:45     Back Bay Life Science Advisors
2:45-3:00     Adelphi Group
3:00-3:15     Roivant Sciences
3:15-3:30     Alcimed
3:30-3:45     BGB Group
3:45-4:00     Nucleus Global

Get the App!

This year, all the information about the employers attending the career fair will be found on Handshake and the Penn CareerFair+ app. Get the app free from the App Store and Google play, and in mid-September you'll be able to see the updated list of registered employers, their location at the event, the specific opportunities they have, the time of their info sessions, and more. We won't be printing booklets this year, so download the app and you will ready for the fair!



Incentives and resources

Get rewarded for participating in this event!
Thanks to our career fair sponsors (Alcimed, Back Bay Life Science Advisors, BGB Group; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cambridge Biomedical, Charles River Associates, L.E.K. Consulting, Lifescience Dynamics, and PharmaWrite), by attending the Biomedical & Life Sciences Career Fair you will be entered into a drawing to win one of the several prizes listed below - in addition to the great opportunity to speak with employers, apply for jobs, and explore careers.

  • Apple Watch (series 3)
  • Apple Airpods
  • Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speaker
  • Amazon Echo Dot

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Career exploration:
The employers attending this fair provide an insight into many of the common alternative careers pursued by STEM scientists. Begin your exploration to determine career options for when you complete your PhD or postdoc. Talk with the employers and/or sit in on the info sessions to gain an unprecedented insight into opportunities that match your career goals

But I am in the middle of my PhD/postdoc!
Great! The best time to network is when you are not looking for a job, and when information is all you are looking for. Employers want to be kept busy during a career fair. They want to talk to as many interested and interesting students/postdocs as possible. The more engaged they are at the fair, the more likely it will be that they will keep coming back to future career fairs. You may not be applying for job this year, but at some point you will be, and so take this opportunity to make a connection at employers that might one day be on your shortlist. You can connect with these employers each year (and throughout the year) to learn more about future opportunities, and when you are ready to apply, you'll be glad that they are attending this event.

Take a look at advice from employers, recruiters, and alumni about how to make the most of your career fair experience - see the resources here!

CLICK HERE for directions to the location of the career fair within the Smilow Center for Translational Research building?


  • Current postdocs within Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) from:
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Veterinary Medicine
    • School of Dental Medicine
    • School of Nursing
    • Monell Chemical Senses Center
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Wistar Institute
  • Students in Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS)
  • SEAS PhD students & postdocs
  • SAS PhD students & postdocs in related disciplines (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Graduates of SEAS/SAS PhD programs
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center postdocs



Get advice from employer representatives at the career fair

Biomedical Career Fair: Advice from Recruiters from Penn Career Services on Vimeo.

Biomedical Career Fair-- Alumni Interviews from Penn Career Services on Vimeo.

Click here to watch interviews with Penn Alumni representing their employers at previous career fairs
Hear their useful advice that you can use for the Biomedical & Life Sciences Career Fair. For more general career fair advice, you can also view this video.

DIRECTIONS to the Smilow Center for Translational Research Commons/Auditorium


The Smilow Center for Translational Research is a 14-story extension of the West Pavilion of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. There are 2 entrances:

1) The main entrance to the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard


  • Take the escalator up to the 1st floor and make a right to the West Pavilion
  • Continue to enter onto the 1st floor of the Smilow Center for Translational Research (SCTR)
  • The entrance to the Commons area and Auditorium is on the first floor. You will see a student/postdoc registration table where you can show your PennCard/CHOP ID from 1-4pm.

2) The East Service Street side entrance of the Translational Research Center (please note, this photo was taken before new construction in the area, so you won't see a green field anymore!)

  • From this entrance, take the escalator or stairs up to the 1st floor. You will see a student/postdoc registration table where you can show your PennCard/CHOP ID from 1-4pm. 



    Nature Publishing Group


    L.E.K. Consulting


    ETHOS Health Communications


    Tech Atlas Group


    Graphene Frontiers


    Global Prior Art, Inc.


    LifeSensors, Inc.




    Nucleus Global




    Alliance Pharma, Inc.