Careers in academia you might not know about

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In this whiteboard talk, we will explore the different types of faculty and non-faculty career-track positions available to life science PhD-level scientists in academic institutions, including research-intensive (R1) institutions, primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), liberal arts colleges, master's granting universities, and community colleges. Some examples of these types of careers include positions with research, teaching, and/or administrative responsibilities. We will feature the stories of several UCSF faculty and staff, and illustrate how they navigated their career trajectory in a variety of different academic positions. This talk was previously created for the 2017-2018 MIND Program, and is now being offered to the wider graduate student and postdoctoral scholar community at UCSF.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Describe different types of positions for PhD-level scientists within an academic institution

  • Identify the different types of higher education institutions in the US

  • Differentiate among the the roles and responsibilities of different types of academic positions 

  • Recognize the various career trajectories available within academia



Bill Lindstaedt, MS
Assistant Vice Chancellor of UCSF's Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services​

Gabriela Monsalve, PhD
Program Director, Motivating INformed Decisions (MIND) Program

Friday, February 9 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Genentech Hall, N-114
600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Event Type



Students, Postdocs


Mission Bay


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