Presentation Abstracts

Careers Symposium - Wednesday 09 January 2019

Transitioning from Academia to Industry – Dr Jaelle Foot, Research Scientist, Adaptimmune.

My talk will cover my career post-PhD, the reasons why I chose to do an academic post-doc and how I came to be in my current role as research scientist at Adaptimmune. During each of these positions I have learnt a lot about what I do and don’t want for my career, and I will explain my decision to transition into industry. I will also go into more detail about my current role and working environment, as well as my job hunting experiences after my PhD and after my postdoc.

The Discovery of Procurement: Exploring a career path I had never heard of before.– Dr Abisola Sanusi, Packaging Buyer, Allied Bakeries.

Have you ever heard of Procurement? Do you know what it means to have the job title of a “Buyer”? I always raise eyebrows when I tell people what my job title is. Put quite simply, Procurement is the act of obtaining or buying goods and services.

When I explain that, the next question I get is how I went from a PhD to Procurement. Again, quite simply, I realised that whilst I loved learning about the wonders of cellular biology, I didn’t quite enjoy carrying out the lab work.

My talk will describe my journey from science to procurement; what my typical day consists of; and give some advice on how activities like the Careers Symposium and Biotechnology Yes gave me an insight into what other opportunities were out there for me with the knowledge and skills I’d gained while studying for my PhD.

From PhD to PE – Dr Marie Nugent, Engagement Manager, University of Leicester.

In my talk I will give a retrospective account of why I did a PhD, my experience of doing it (what was great and what was rubbish) and how that led me to pursue a career in science communications and engagement. I will then talk about my current role as Public Engagement Manager in the College of Life Sciences at the University of Leicester and how I am using this role to improve the opportunities available for students to develop skills outside the lab (amongst other things).

Being a scientific editor at a high-impact journal - Dr Leonie Welberg, Senior Editor, Nature Neuroscience

If you have invested many years doing a Master’s degree, a PhD and perhaps some postdoctoral research, still love science but don’t want to pursue an academic career, then a job as a professional editor is a great option. In my talk I will explain what an editor at a reviews journal does, and how it differs from being an editor at a research journal. In both cases, you have to read a lot. You also manage peer review and make decisions about which papers to publish and which papers to reject (thick skin required!). As for any job, there are pros and cons to working in publishing — but if you have a broad interest in your field (not just the specific topic you’ve been working on) and like the idea of an interesting and steady job that involves some travel as well, then being an editor is a great ‘alternative’ science career.

Science to Consulting: a perfect match? – Dr Janica Auluck, Senior Healthcare Strategy Consultant

Ever wondered if healthcare consulting is for you? I had never considered it myself until I attended a career symposium back in 2012. There are a lot of similarities in the core skills that are required in both Science and Consultancy, more than is obvious at first glance. Healthcare strategy consultancy can be divided into many specialist fields but the overall goal remains the same. To help the healthcare system provide the best possible care for patients. This talk aims to discuss the similarities between science and consultancy, discuss what would be expected from a ‘scientific consultant’, what would define a typical consultants day and the practical next steps to explore consultancy as a career path.

Life after PhD: a leap into Medical AffairsDr Adelina Sharman, Medical Science Liaison

“What’s next, Doc?”

I started asking myself this question quite early into my PhD. It helped me focus on the skills I wanted to achieve and it motivated me to go beyond the remit of my research. My aim in this talk is to go through some of the opportunities I took whilst doing my PhD and how they helped (and are still helping) to shape my career.

Hunger for the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) - Depesh Pankhania, Project Manager (Associate Scientist), PepsiCo, Inc.

It was during my PhD that I discovered a world beyond academia, participating in the Winning Team and BiotechnologyYES. This gave me the inspiration to search for a career away from University research. Fortunately, I walked into a new start-up food company (Cool & Co Ltd) however it soon became clear that the director of the company wanted me to take on more ownership with financial uncertainty of the company. Therefore, I moved to Envigo as a Research Scientist but struggled with the constraints of a commercial laboratory. Still hungry to move back into the food industry, I struggled to find the right opportunity and moved to Source BioScience. I soon became dissatisfied by the drive for sales. After a successfully interview at PepsiCo in their snacks category, I have since been fortunate to work on project for the Walkers, Lay’s, Cheetos, Tostitos and Doritos brands.

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