Career Development and Opportunities

Preparing for Career Opportunities

Scientists training in biomedical research programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) enter a variety of fields following graduation or the completion of a postdoctoral experience. Whereas many of our graduates and fellows pursue a path towards academia (through direct tenure track and postdoctoral positions), a majority accept positions or postdoctoral experiences outside of academia in areas such as policy, communication, law, and industry. The IUSM Graduate Division encourages students and postdocs to explore their career interests through a variety of activities sponsored by our office and other campus offices during their time at the IUSM. We have also compiled a list of resources below to assist you in planning and preparing for your career in the biomedical sciences. If you seek additional resources that are not included below, please contact or stop by MS 207 to make a career planning/advising appointment.


Writing and Speaking Effectively to Peers and Non-scientists
Learning to Work Well as a Member of a Team
Actively Listening to Others


Motivating and Managing Others
Becoming a Leader

Ethics and Integrity

Understanding Conflicts of Interest, Protecting Confidentiality, and Protecting Intellectual Property

Finding a Job and Interviewing

Preparing for a Career
Navigating Career Options
Writing a CV, Resume, or Biosketch
Developing Teaching Materials
Building Your Network
Acing the Interview

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

Writing and Getting Published
Finding Funding

IUSM Research

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