Career Development – Upcoming Events

Career Development Series

Career Development Series

It is that time of year when students and faculty alike are preparing for the end of their semester courses, and many students are defending PhD dissertations or SM theses.  Perhaps one of the greatest ways to support each other’s journey in our department as well as the development of careers in our field, is to attend some of these incredible ‘defense’ presentations that are so thoughtfully given by fellow students and colleagues.  Each represents the culmination of extraordinary dedication and hard work, and often reflects the latest emerging work in our fascinating field.  This week will therefore feature our final career development guest speaker (alumna Jesse Gronsbell) for the 2019-20 academic year, since we will have some of the greatest presentations (by students) right here in our own department over the next 3 weeks!

If you have input regarding this series, please contact Dr. Erin Lake.


‘The ins and outs of applying for faculty positions’

Lunchtime Career Chat (and slide presentation) with Jessica Gronsbell ‘17

We are thrilled to have Jesse back to visit and share her insights into the current academic job market and search process!

Jesse Gronsbell is currently a data scientist at Alphabet’s Verily Life Sciences. Prior to joining Verily, she earned her PhD in the department under the direction of Tianxi Cai, and then was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biomedical Data Science at Stanford with Lu Tian.  Jesse’s research focuses on the development of statistical and machine learning methods to understand the digital phenotype – the health information that is left behind in the digital data we generate in our everyday lives.

Jesse made the decision to return to academia this year and has just completed her job search.  She is thrilled to be joining the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto, also with a faculty affiliation at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, starting this summer.  In this talk (and slide presentation), Jesse will share what she learned in her application process in hopes of helping those interested in pursuing a role in academia.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Zoom Info:
Dial-in:  +1 929 436 2866


*SM and PhD students can access the Office of Alumnae Affairs and Career Advancement.  Note that this office is still open for scheduling Zoom/virtual sessions with career counselors for assistance with basics around resume/CV development, editing, and much more.

*Note that all members of our department can access the department Slack channels (see emails with link) for internship and job opportunities, as well as connect to the Department of Biostatistics/Alumnae section of the LinkedIn network.

*PhD students can find many resources via the Office of Career Services (OCS) at GSAS. Laura Stark and her team are offering many opportunities via Zoom and other virtual platforms.

*All students can find interesting reads and keep up with the field via sources including but not limited to ASA’s Amstat News, and the popular This is Statistics site.