CAREER Paths

After a PhD or a Postdoc in academic science, there are various job opportunities for your further career – you might wish to continue to pursue a career in academic research, or to find alternative science-related positions in academia or industry. Also, business related job opportunities are open for researchers, such as in consulting or by starting your own company (entrepreneurship). Also the field of health policy reveals interesting options for scientists.
In order to give you an overview as well as detailed information of the various job opportunities after a PhD or Postdoc, they have been categorized these into four “job clusters”

The next level underneath the job clusters introduces different “job fields”, which in turn include various “job positions”.

 

ACADEMIA

RESEARCH

Job Positions: Postdoc, staff scientists, group leader, head of facility, professorship

Required skills: organisational skills, project management, communication, writing, teamwork and independent working, multi-tasking, analytical thinking 

 

SCIENCE MANAGEMENT

Job Positions: Research cluster mgmt., compliance officer, grants officer, dean graduate programm, coordinator etc. 

Required skills: writing, organ. & project management, communication, collaboration, multi-tasking

 

EDUCATION 

Job Positions: Professorship (teaching), Research & teaching faculty position, Public outreach spec. etc.

Required skills: teaching, analytical & technical skills, communication & presentation, organisation

INDUSTRY

Research and Development

Job Positions: Discovery or preclinical researcher, manager of a research team or facility etc.

Skills: as in academia + comm. to non-scientists, good time manag., flexibily, team player

 

CLINICAL RESEARCH  

Job Positions: Clinical research associate, clinical research manager

Skills: clinical trial knowledge, orga. & communication, willingness to travel, empathy

 

SCIENCE APPLICATION 

Job Positions: Application specialist, technology scout, medical science liaison, reg.affairs, Quality Manager etc.

Skills: communication & presentation, scientific underst., managem., willingness to travel

 

COMMUNICATION 

Job Postions: Science / medical / technical writer, science editor, science publisher, etc.

Skills: language & writing skills, subject expertise, decision making

 

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER 

Jobs Positions: Technology transfer specialist, IT specialist, programmer, data analyst, …

Skills: IT skills, programming skills, data handling

 

MARKETING & SALES 

Job Postions: brand/product manager, marketing specialist, business developm. prof., sales representative

Skills: finance & economics, analytical skills, comm. & present., customer focus, flexibility 

CONSULTING & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

CONSULTING 

Job Positions: Analyst, Consultant, Senior Consultant, Management Consultant,  Principle,  Agile Coach, Facilitator etc.

Skills: analytical & strategic skills, endurance, interculture communicatiion., stress-resistance, quick understanding, customer focus, flexibility

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP / Start-ups 

Job Positions: Company founder, freelancer

Skills: self-management & orga, creativity, networking, financial management

 

 

HEALTH POLICY

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 

Job Positions: Patent lawyer, patent agent, patent engineer, patent examiner

Skills: consice language, patent law, complex text understanding, custom. contact

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS / HEALTH

Job Positions: Public health program analyst, PR manager, Scientific advisor /science policy expert, Biostat. etc

Skills: political process insights, analytical skills, writing & comm. to non-scientists, consultation