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The Incubator Podcast

Biology Job-ology - Interviews with PhD holders in a variety of areas highlighting what is out there and how to get there.
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Sep 28, 2018

This month’s guest is Dr. Briana Konnick. She is the assistant director of career development at University of Chicago. She discusses how to transform your career aspirations from "not academia" to a bona fide job. Highlights include resources for career exploration(6:45) and a deep-dive into linkedin as a tool for landing that coveted job (22:34).

Aug 20, 2018

This month’s guest is Dr. Liz Noblin. She is the research project manager at 23andMe, a leading genomics company. She discusses the merits of doing a postdoc before going into industry, how to learn Big Data analysis on your own, finding your “superpower”, and more!

Jul 20, 2018

This month, we talk to Dr. Evan Bai, bioinformatics scientist in drug discovery at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He discusses how drug discovery is a team sport and how he was able to grow and demonstrate his teamwork skills as an academic. His story also highlights how to utilize alumni connections to land a job.  

Jun 18, 2018

Welcome to Season 3 of The Incubator! This month, we talk to Dr. Kate Krueger, who is the research director for New Harvest, a non-profit promoting and funding cellular agriculture research.

Highlights:

Why join a non-profit? (1:25)

What are the essential skills to excelling in non-profit (5:13)

Where can you learn more about the opportunities in scientific non-profits? (14:45)

Dec 5, 2017

This episode we talk to the winner of Proteintech's Best Lab Manager Award: Clare McManus of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute. Clare manages a lab group of 32 and has much wisdom to share about how to be a good leader.

Aug 22, 2017

This episode we talk to Dr. Kendra Taylor, who is the founder of First Immuno-Consulting, about entrepreneurship. She discusses her journey to entrepreneurship and strategies for how to get your business off the ground.

Aug 7, 2017

This episode we talk to the winner of Proteintech's Best Mentor - Postdoc Category Award: Dr. Janet Kumita of the University of Cambridge. Janet has mentored dozens of students and has much wisdom to share about how to be a good leader.

Jul 21, 2017

This episode we talk to Dr. Jen Guarino, who is an associate medical director at BGB Group, a medical communications agency. 

Highlights:

Hardest adjustment to medical writing field (6:46)

Tips for entering scientific communication field (23:30)

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Jun 27, 2017

Welcome to the second season of The Incubator!

This episode we talk to Dr. Paulina Stzyz, who is an associate editor at Nature Review Molecular Cell Biology. She guides us through getting a job as an editor and the day-to-day life of publishing.

Highlights:

How a temp job turned into a permanent position (7:37)

Suggestions for getting into editing (19:27)

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Nov 30, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Incubator team! Season 1 is officially in the books and we are currently recharging our batteries and whipping up new content for Season 2 in the summer. Thanks for listening!

Sep 23, 2016

 

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Incubator!

This episode is focused on biotech and features interviews with scientists representing a big company and a start-up. The first interview is with Dr. Ben Haley, who is a group leader at Genentech. The second is with Dr. Sean Landrette, who is a senior research scientist at LAM Therapeutics, a small biotech company in Connecticut.

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Ben Haley-
Marketing and preparing yourself for biotech job (8:05)
How to find stability in biotech (24:16)


Sean Landrette-
Biggest challenge of working in small company (36:57)
Work-life balance in small company (39:54)

Aug 23, 2016

Welcome to the third episode of The Incubator!

Today's guest is Dr. Nick Chisholm. After getting his PhD from Harvard, he worked at a VC firm and is now at video game startup FACEIT. He has a lot of wisdom about the differences between academia and startups and how to enter into startup culture.

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Interview Highlights:

Why choose industry? (6:57)

Biggest challenge in transition (9:46)

What is the next Silicon Valley? (15:16)

Aug 10, 2016

Welcome to this bonus edition of the Incubator!

Our guest, Dr. Josh Morgan, is a postdoc at the University of Delaware and is the recipient of the Proteintech "Best Mentor: Postdoc Category" award.

In this brief interview, he discusses what mentorship means to him and how he cultivated his mentorship skills

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Jul 23, 2016

Welcome to the second episode of The Incubator!

We go from teaching at a humongous research university to teaching at a small liberal arts college. Our guest this month is Dr. Jonathan Cornett, who is a biology professor at Lee University in Tennessee. He brings much insight into how to enter into teaching at a small university.

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Interview Highlights:
Why did you go into teaching? (7:57)

How did you prepare yourself for this job as a postdoc? (11:29)

What has been the biggest challenge in the transition to primarily teaching? (24:24)

Jun 23, 2016

Welcome to the first episode of The Incubator!

Our guest this week is Dr. Beth Luoma, who is the director of the Helmsley program at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning. Her focus is on developing aspiring educators on their teaching skills.

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Interview Highlights:
Biggest challenge transitioning to this role? (7:34)
Most rewarding parts (10:08)
Work-life balance (14:52)
When were you most discouraged about your career and what got you through it? (20:03)
Impostor syndrome (24:29)
Tips for those interested in entering academic teaching (28:55)
What encouragement can you give to those struggling in science? (32:27)

Jun 13, 2016

Thank you for visiting the Incubator Podcast website. The Incubator is sponsored by Proteintech Group and is hosted by Dr. Will Olds.

This podcast is a monthly series of interviews with PhDs in consulting, academic teaching, and business. It is geared towards graduate students and post-docs and the goal is to help scientists explore their career options and find ways to develop themselves professionally.

Come back to our website on our official launch on June 23!

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