Scientific Research

Career Advice
Job, Internship, and Postdoc Listings
Sample Employers and Opportunities
Professional Associations
Additional Links

Career Advice

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Foundation dedicated to advancing biomedical sciences through research support and educational activities.
  • myIDP - an Individual Development Plan (IDP) using myIDP, a Web-based career-planning tool created to help graduate students and postdocs in the sciences define and pursue their career goals.
  • Pathways to Science - A portal website supporting pathways to the STEM fields, as well as events and news items from STEM programs across the country.
  • Science Careers - This AAAS site includes articles on a range of careers for scientists as well as on grant-writing, career transitions, diversity and work life issues.  It also includes career resources for scientists interested in industry, academia, and government positions, including job openings and a career forum.
  • Sloan Career Cornerstone Center - A resource for opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing and healthcare.
  • The Versatile PhD is a web-based community dedicated to helping PhDs apply their skills and interests in a wide variety of fields. Career Services is a founding subscriber and pays for student access to The Versatile PhD's premium content (click on the click and scroll down the list of digital resources to set up your free account).
  • Articles from the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education about PhDs and the non-academic job search
  • Applying and Interviewing for Industry Science Jobs - PowerPoint presentation from a Career Services program.
  • Advice from your peers: suggested advice from respondents to the 8-13 year out Penn PhD survey who currently work within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. See all of the current results from this survey here.


Job, Internship and Postdoc Listings

  • GrantsNet - Index of national and international science research funding, scholarships, fellowships, and internships
  • Science Careers Job Seeker - Job database sponsored by Science magazine and the AAAS
  • Naturejobs � Job database from the journal Nature
  • Job Banks for Scientists and Engineers - General web resources for job banks and staffing agencies, and more specific resources for life sciences and physical sciences/engineering

Large Companies with Defined Postdoc Programs

Government-Sponsored Fellowships and Postdocs


Sample Employers and Opportunities



Professional Associations

Most professional associations have career sections on their websites.  Here are two examples:




Additional Links

*Please note, while these are a sampling of our favorite resources for both career exploration and job hunting, inclusion does not represent an endorsement by Career Services.