By Suna Gulay, PhD
In March, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program and the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) co-sponsored the career development event “PhD to NPR: Careers in Science Communication and Tips for Communicating your Research.” The speaker, Madeline Sofia, PhD, works as an assistant producer for the NPR series “Joe’s Big Idea.” She talked about her experience transitioning to science communication and shared information about Friends of Joe’s Big Idea, a community aiming to help scientists become better communicators. Watch the recorded event here.
Data science-related careers might be enticing to many of you as more and more labs throughout NICHD and NIH employ next generation sequencing and related high throughput methodologies, allowing their trainees to gain hands-on experience with various computer languages and data visualization approaches. In accordance with this, the FelCom Career Development Subcommittee held the panel “Careers in Big Data and Data Science.” The panelists, who work at various NIH offices, shared their experiences finding their current positions and talked about what their jobs entail. The panelists indicated the need to have a genuine interest in the development of computational tools and statistical methods. Their jobs also require a lot of meetings and communication with NIH investigators and directors. If interested, the NIH-DATASCIENCE-L listserv is a good place to start looking for related detail positions and networking opportunities. To gain more experience with coding, you might want to look into Data Carpentry’s lessons and NCBI’s Hackathons.
The Visiting Fellows Committee hosted a Brown Bag Seminar with NIH Federal Credit Union (FCU), titled “Financial Solutions for NIH Fellows.” Learn more about NIH FCU’s Fellows Advantage Program here, including bank accounts, credit cards, and mortgage loans they offer to NIH trainees. Also, learn about managing your finances through their free online tools and resources here.