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Einstein PhD Alumni Career Video Archive

Einstein PhD Alumni Career Video Archive

Explore career options by learning from Einstein PhD Alumni.

This video archive features former Einstein PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. They explain their current positions, how they transitioned successfully from Einstein to their current job and they will discuss the rewarding and challenging aspects of their job.

Educational Careers

Professor at a Medical School at a State University (Dr. Amy Kenter)  video  

Assistant Professor at a Liberal Arts College (Dr. Scott Lefurgy) - video  

Science Teacher (Dr. Daniel Pilloff)  video  

Non-Educational Careers

Science Writer (Dr. Joseph Abrajano)  

Technical Advisor at a Non-Profit Organization (Dr. Cecile Basquin)  

(Note: when users click on career they should access one of the following pages)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Professor at a Medical School at a State University (Dr. Amy Kenter)

 

Quick Reference:

What do you do as an associate professor for microbiology & immunology at a state university? (0:20)

Which skills do you need to be successful at your job? (1:01)

Funding seems to play an important role for a successful career in academia. How much time do you spend writing grant proposals? (1:48)

What are the rewarding aspects of your job and what are the challenges? (3:44)

When you were a graduate student or postdoc did you ever considered leaving academia? (4:44)

What do you wish you knew in graduate school? (5:26)

What tips do you have for aspiring professors? (6:35)

Is your job family friendly? (7:00)

 
 

Assistant Professor at a Liberal Arts College (Dr. Scott Lefurgy)

 

Part 1:

0:20 - What do you do as an associate professor for chemistry at a liberal Arts College?

1:54 - Which skills do you need to be successful at your job?

3:08 - What are the rewarding aspects of your job and what are the challenges?

4:45 - How did you find your current job?

5:25 - Do you have tips for the job application and interviewing process?

8:58 - What tips do you have for aspiring assistant professor?

 

Part 2:

0:47 - When you were a graduate student or postdoc did you ever considered leaving academia?

2:10 - What do you wish you knew in graduate school?

4:54 - Is your job family friendly?

5:00 - Do you travel?

7:11 - What tips do you have for aspiring assistant professor?

 
 

Science Teacher (Dr. Daniel Pilloff)

 

Quick Reference:

What are your responsibilities as a high school teacher? (0:31)

What are the rewarding aspects and what are your challenges as teacher? (1:02)

How did you break into the high school teacher career? (1:29)

Did you need additional qualifications? (2:06)

Can you describe the typical interviewing process at a high school? (2:41)

How did you prepare yourself for the job? (3:30)

What are the most important skills you need in your job? (4:21)

What tips do you have for aspiring teachers? (5:22)

What are the opportunities for promotion in the teaching field? (5:33)

What about job security? (6:42)

How do you get tenured in NYC? (7:20)

Is family friendly job? (8:42)

Do you have to travel? (9:13)

 
 

Science Writer (Dr. Joseph Abrajano)

Science Writer (Dr. Joseph Abrajano) - Part 1  

Part 1:

0:20 - What do you do as a medical writer at Publicis Healthcare Communication Group?

1:33 - What are the rewarding aspects and what are your challenges as a medical writer?

3:30 - How did you break into the medical writing career?

5:08 - How did you prepare yourself for the job?

6:40 - Can you describe the typical interviewing process at Publicis Healthcare Communication Group?

8:17 - What tips do you have for aspiring medical writers?

 

Part 2:

0:19 - What is the difference between scientific and medical writing?

1:11 - What are the most important skills in your job?

2:09 - What tips do you have for aspiring medical writers?

3:10 - What about job security?

4:15 - What if you try this career path and you don't like it?

5:35 - Is your job family friendly?

6:25 - Do you have to travel?

 
 

Technical Advisor at a Non-Profit Organization (Dr. Cecile Basquin)

Dr. Cecile Basquin  

Part 1

Action Against Hunger: Can you describe what this non-profit organization does? - (0:18)

What do you do as a technical advisor at Action Against Hunger? (1:00)

What are the rewarding aspects and what are your challenges working as a technical advisor? (2:03)

How did you break into the career working at a non-profit organization? (3:14)

When you started to work for Action Against Hunger: in which position did you start and how did you move upwards? (4:45)

What are the most important skills you need in your job? (6:38)

What tips do you have for PhDs who would like to work for a non-profit organization? (7:37)

 

PART 2

Can you describe a typical interviewing process at Action Against Hunger? (0:15)

How did you convince the HR department that you have the necessary skills to be successful? (1:51)

How important is it in your job that you have a PhD and postdoctoral research experience? (2:32)

Could you give us an idea how you could develop yourself from your current position either within the organization or even outside? (3:20)

Do you have to travel? (5:01)

Is your job family friendly? (5:29)

How did you prepare yourself for the job? (6:16)

 
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