Beyond the ivory tower: Alternative career paths to academia

Wednesday, February 25, 2014 from 19h00-21h00 at IRMACS Presentation Studio

A panel of recent Cell/Molecular Biology/Chemistry PhDs tell it like it is:  The motivations, challenges and rewards of stepping out of the ivory tower.

Who’s on the panel?

Dr Raul Ursic

Aurora Biomed

Dr Ryan Conder

StemCell Technologies

Dr. Andrew Tait

Tait Laboratories

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in either getting a job in Biotech/Pharma or starting-up their own company.

When and where?

IRMACS Presentation Studio, Wednesday, February 25, 19h00 – 21h00.

Food and beverages provided.


The number of PhDs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) awarded in North America has steadily increased over the past 30 years but the proportion of graduates who secure academic positions has steadily declined. Other exciting opportunities exist outside of academia, but many MSc/PhD trainees and postdocs are unaware of the real highlights and pitfalls of leaving academia.  This “Alternative career paths to academia” event will provide an opportunity for students and postdocs to not only hear from recent graduates that have succeeded in industry, but will also provide the opportunity for the attendees to ask the questions they’ve never had the opportunity to ask as they decide on their own career paths.


Brought to you by: The Biological Sciences DGSC, with SCORE funding from the Dean of Graduate Studies’ Office.

Presentations will be followed by an audience-driven panel discussion and a lightly catered social mixer.