Professional Development

Careers Within and Without the Academy

May 13, 2016

Wondering how postdocs make their career shifts?

We are excited to have two SFU alumni join us for a frank discussion of their paths within and without academia. Join Dr. Catherine Salmon and Dr. Dhavide Aruliah as they discuss their perspectives on the tenure track, pursuing postdoctoral work, and alternatives to working in research-intensive universities. You can expect to gain a fresh perspective on making the shift to "something else" in an era when tenure-track jobs seem almost impossible to find.  

Careers Within and Without the Academy

Note: This session will not be recorded or live webcast.

Dr. Catherine Salmon was a postdoctoral fellow in SFU's Department of Psychology from 1999–2003 and is currently a Professor in the Psychology Department, University of Redlands, and Associate Editor, Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

She has been on several recent hiring committees at Redlands, and can discuss the process of finding a faculty position at liberal arts colleges in the United States.


Dr. Dhavide Aruliah completed a BSc (1993) and MSc (1996) in Mathematics at SFU and a PhD (2001) in Computer Science at UBC. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto and at Western University before becoming a faculty member at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2004.

Throughout his academic career at UOIT, Dr. Aruliah helped develop and served as Program Director for several undergraduate and graduate programs (including Computer Science, Applied & Industrial Mathematics, and Modelling & Computational Science).

In 2015, he left his Associate Professor position at UOIT to join Continuum Analytics where he is a Senior Computational Scientist & Director of Training.


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