BioSciences Career Fair

Information for Employers

1-4pm, Thursday 24th October, 2019

Colket Translational Research Building, 3501 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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If you have any questions about the different populations of graduate students or postdocs who attend this fair, or if you want to determine if this is the right event for your organization, then please contact Dr. Joseph Barber (

What is the BioSciences Career Fair?

The University of Pennsylvania 's BioSciences Career Fair is jointly sponsored by Career Services, Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, and Biomedical Graduate Studies.

  • All graduate students and postdocs completing research in STEM fields are encouraged to attend this event.

  • More than 1000 postdoctoral appointees conduct research in Penn laboratories.

  • To see the names of organizations that have attended this fair in previous years, click here


  • This career fair is an opportunity for employers to talk with potential hires about opportunities in their organizations, and to gain a first-hand impression of individual postdocs and graduate students (Master's and PhD). This is Penn's only career fair that focuses specifically on graduate students and postdocs, and caters to the needs of employers wishing to hire these advanced degree candidates, or to establish and maintain a presence on campus as a way to attract future candidates.
  • This career fair has a broad focus across the life sciences, and attracts employers from a diverse range of fields (including the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, consultants, science writing and publishing organizations, patent law/IP firms, government and non-profit institutions, and more!). Penn's graduate students and postdocs are eager to make a connection with employers interested in their wide range of technical and transferable skills. Take this opportunity to join us here at Penn, and you can be confident that you will find the high caliber of students and postdocs that you are looking for.

Other FAQs:
When and where is the fair?
What happens at the fair?
Where can I send my fair materials?
How much does it cost?
How can I register?

When & where is the 2019 BioSciences Career Fair?

  • Thursday 24th October, 1:00-4:00pm (lunch for employers will be provided starting at noon).

  • The 2019 career fair will be held in the Colket Translational Research Building, 3501 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The map below shows the area around the Colket Building.

What is the format?

  • Each registered employer will have a five-foot table for handouts, information and displays, as well as a sign identifying the organization. Postdocs and graduate students will speak to employers at the tables.

  • Employers can also express their interest in giving a brief 10-minute presentation about their organization during the fair in an adjacent room, or hosting an online info session on the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday priot to the career fair. You can sign-up to request one of these presentations during the registration process.

  • Employers with specific opportunities can identify these during the registration process by linking their regiustrations to jobs they have posted on Handshake, and these will be highlighted in the career fair booklet, and in the pre-event outreach and marketing to graduate students and postdocs interested in attending the fair.

  • Employers will also be provided with a resume book ahead of the career fair, and can request complimentary access to use our on-campus interviewing rooms on the day after the career fair (Friday 25th October) to interview candidates you meet during the career fair.

Can I ship materials ahead of time?

  • You may ship materials ahead of time.These will be sent to the Biomedical Research Building, and transported to the Colket Building prior to the fair. They will accept packages starting one week before the event, and your packages will be waiting for you at your table when you arrive. Please make sure your organization's name is marked clearly on the package. You can ship your materials to:

    Biomedical Graduate Studies
    Attn: BioSciences Career Fair 2019
    160 BRB II/III
    421 Curie Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA  19104-6064



Is there a registration fee and a registration deadline?

  • The registration fee is $250 per company and $150 for start-ups, non-profits and Penn affiliates, and this provides a table/chairs and space for representatives, as well as lunch prior to the fair. There is an opportunity for employers to sponsor this event, and details are provided during registration.
  • Payment can be made by credit card or check - details about payment methods can be found during the registration process, and on the invoice you will receive once your registration is confirmed.

How do employers register?

  • Registration is now open. Employers can register by clicking here.
  • If you have any questions about this career fair, please call 215 898 7530 or contact Dr. Joseph Barber for more information.