IU School of Medicine graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in biomedical sciences at the Indianapolis campus have many resources to assist them along their science career journey. Because PhD-level scientists can pursue many different possible career options in a variety of settings, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have many opportunities to explore, investigate, and prepare for the many career options available from their first day on campus until their last. These opportunities include one-on-one support, events and services offered by both the IBMG Program for PhD Study and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and through the Graduate and Postdoc Careers program.
Biomedical Science Career and Professional Development
CareerX: Graduate Student and Postdoc Careers Programs & Services
Due to the wide variety of options available to PhD-level biomedical scientists, how one applies their science training can feel like a variable – an “X” that is unknown. The CareerX program is designed to provide a progression of opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to: 1) explore the career options available; 2) expand their knowledge of specific career options in academic, industry, government, non-profit, and other settings; and 3) gain specific experiences on a career path to prepare them for their next step beyond their current training experience.
Level 1 - CareerXplore: Workshops and Events about Science Careers
CareerXplore is a collection of entry-level experiences to science careers and the essentials of a job search. These are workshops, webinars, and other events that are open to any graduate student or postdoctoral scholar at the School. Year-round activities include:
Career ChatsParticipate in interview-style events with scientists that have PhDs who work in academic, industry, governmental, non-profit, and other careers.
Weekly Wednesday WorkshopsAttend weekly lunchtime workshops (in-person, online, or both) focusing on specific career exploration or developing job search skills.
Graduate Student Job Search GroupThis is an opportunity for graduate students at any stage of their PhD or MS training to support each other, ask questions of facilitators, and learn about key skills related to a job search in any sector or area of work. The group meets every other week from September through May.
Special EventsGain insight from special guests and notable speakers on career topics relevant to your future. As announced.
Level 2 - CareerXpand: Learning About Career Paths Together
Summer JumpstartsEngage with speakers in a week-long series of workshops every summer that provide essential skills for careers in three areas: University Teaching; Industry Careers; and Academic Careers.
CareerXpand GroupsExplore specific career paths in collaborative groups and work on a learning project around one career path. Past examples include science communication, entrepreneurship, and regulatory affairs careers.
Offered spring semesters when there is interest
Learning CommunitiesParticipate with groups of students/postdocs developing skills in a specific area following a set structure. Series durations are either half-year or full-year. Examples include an University Teaching Learning Community (UTLC) and a Leadership Development Learning Community (LDLC).
Level 3 - CareerXperience: Experiencing Career Paths Hands-On
Site Visits with Potential EmployersVisits by advanced PhD students and postdocs to different employer campuses (or online visits) to learn more about careers first-hand; limited to advanced PhD students and postdocs.
CareerXperienceObserve first-hand different job options in non-academic settings; limited to advanced PhD students and postdocs.
Support for Student Internship, Microinternships, and Similar ExperiencesThe Graduate and Postdoc Careers Team works with students, faculty mentors, programs, and others to create and/or manage internship and similar experiential learning opportunities as requested by students and approved by mentors and programs. Contact Dr. Lauren Easterling for details and expectations for Career Experiential Learning Opportunties for graduate students.
Professional and Career Development Events
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have access to events year-round related to professional development as scientists now and career development for their next career step after training at IU School of Medicine. Events are added on a regular basis and are available on the CareerX – Graduate and Postdoc Careers event listing.
Individualized Career and Professional Development Support
Indianapolis graduate students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences have access to individuals in the Graduate Division who are available to review job application materials, conduct mock interviews, observe research talks or classroom teaching, and provide guidance on next steps. Please contact any of our graduate student affairs, postdoctoral affairs, or trainee services team members to learn more about individualized support. Additionally, the Graduate Division has books, handouts, and other materials related to career exploration and preparation on request.
Interested in Learning More?
We support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the ways listed above and in many more ways. Contact us to learn more or to ask us questions about our programs and services.
Lauren Easterling, PhD - Director of Trainee Services
Angela Fowler, PhD - Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Contact Lauren Easterling, PhD