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Career Resources


University of Utah Career Services provides many resources for the job search and career planning.  Check out their online resources, including free access to CareerShift, an online service helping you find networking opportunities.

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Science magazine’s “Individual Development Plan” is a free service aimed at helping scientists in career planning. Questionnaires about your skills, interests, and values will match you to careers options and provide links and resources for each career.

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Another Science magazine resource with articles on a variety of different science career paths and current science career trends.




Career Development Training Series (CaDeTs)








2022-23 CaDeTS

Are you an international student trying to adjust to life in Utah? Grappling with navigating research in a new culture? Are you someone who is looking for ways to better support your international colleagues? Join us at the first CaDeTS talk of the year, where we have gathered a panel of international graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and PIs to discuss their experiences and helpful resources.


    Dr. Julia Brasch (PI, Biochemistry)

    Dr. Marta Szulik (Postdoctoral Fellow, Franklin Lab, Cardiovascular Medicine)

    Supraja Ranganathan (Graduate Student, Bass Lab, Biochemistry)

Are you unsure of what you want to graduate? Are you curious about career paths other than academia? Join our panel of professionals who have taken up careers in a variety of non-academic settings, including industry, government, and science writing! Bring your questions and take this opportunity to hear a direct compare-and-contrast of different types of science-related jobs to figure out which might be right for you.


Lisa K. Peterson, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Associate Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Immunology
ARUP Laboratories
Srishti Kotiyal, Ph.D
Incoming- Healthcare Investment Banking | Previous: Venture Capital, Asset Management
Amanda Smith, PhD, MPH
Health Scientist CDC

Looking for a change of pace but not sure who to talk to, or how to talk to them? Join us for our next CaDeTS where we will be focusing on getting that resume up to speed and working on talking to people to grow that network. This session is focused on outside academia careers, with a workshop from graduate coach Dan Moseson.


Dan Moseson, PhD.  Graduate Career Coach, University of Utah Career & Professional Development Center

Dan Moseson completed a PhD in Religion at Syracuse University and has been a Graduate Career Coach at the University of Utah since 2018

Have you ever wondered why there aren't more people who look like you in your workforce or wished there were people who genuinely understood your perspective and struggles? Have you thought about what you could do to make your working community more inclusive? To have people with different social backgrounds and varied intellects come together for a common cause? In the famous words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." Come and join us for the upcoming CaDeTS session, where we will discuss issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in STEM and how we can improve our community together. 

Calling all those who intend to submit a grant this year! Are you unsure of where to start with your writing? Struggling to summarize your thoughts concisely? Wondering how to make your application stand out from others? Come to our workshop, led by Dr. Tracey Lamb, to learn tips and tricks on how to create a good specific aims page to kick your grant off right!

Graduate school is full of unique stressors. From the worry over an experiment, imposter syndrome, financial stress and impending deadlines, strategies to handle stress are important to learn and practice. Join us for a workshop hosted by the Center for Student Wellness to identify unique personal stressors and develop a plan to move through them while maintaining the best wellness possible. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of how to support yourself and colleagues through stressful moments. So come get your stress off!

Do you ever wish your research reached a wider audience? Are you interested in harnessing technology to network and promote your career? Do you feel that it's your duty to advocate by combating misinformation and promote science literacy among the public? Come and join us for the upcoming CaDeTS session, where we consult three social media-savvy scientists on how to harness the internet as a key tool to share latest research findings, celebrate accomplishments, and build connections.


Dr. Justin English (PI, Biochemistry)

Rebecca Mellema (Microbiology and Immunology, Petrey's Lab)

Cindy Barba (Microbiology and Immunology, O'Connell's Lab)

Have you ever wondered what the general public thinks of scientists? Amazingly, we have the ability to shape that perception throughout our communities with a little thing called Science Outreach.  Come learn about different shapes science outreach takes and the people who do it at our next CaDeTs panel! 


Sara K. Yeo, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Communication, Director of the STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP)

Krystal Chung, Brown lab, Pathology

Dane Crowton, Public Programs Coordinator NHMU (Natural History Museum of Utah)

Thank you to all our Speakers and Guests!
Series Organized by the CaDeTS Student Committee

Annual Career Day





Learn about the variety of careers open to PhDs and get career advice from leaders in academic, industry, communication, and other fields

Career Day


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Full Listing of the 2021 Speakers & Schedule

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Keynote Speaker:
Julie Jay, PhD
Director, Foundation Medicine / Roche
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Who's Who &  What do They Do? 
Hitchhiker's Guide to the World of Biotech and Industry
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Biotech Breakout Rooms
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Career Crossroads and Parallel Universes: Alternative Careers in Science.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Alternative Careers Breakout Rooms


Career Resource Library

The Program Office has a collection of Career Resource books available to check out.  Email to check for availability.

Books about careers in academia:

Bloomfield, Victor A., and Esam E. El-Fakahany. The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science: A Toolkit for Students and Postdocs. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2008. Print.

Feibelman, Peter J. A Ph. D. Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1993. Print.

Reis, Richard M. Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering. New York: IEEE, 1997. Print.

Books about non-academia careers:

Kreeger, Karen Young. Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis, 1999. Print.

Robbins-Roth, Cynthia. Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower. San Diego: Academic, 1998. Print.

Sindermann, Carl J., and Thomas K. Sawyer. The Scientist as Consultant: Building New Career Opportunities. New York: Plenum, 1997. Print.

Books about career planning and professional development:

Fiske, Peter S., and Peter S. Fiske. Put Your Science to Work: The Take-charge Career Guide for Scientists. Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union, 2001. Print.

Rosen, Stephen, and Celia Paul. Career Renewal: Tools for Scientists and Technical Professionals. San Diego: Academic, 1998. Print.


Last Updated: 4/18/23