Career Development Series

Career Development Series

This series is run by Dr. Erin Lake and picks up where general career development resources at HSPH and GSAS leave off, providing focus that is specific to our students in biostatistics, health data science, computational biology and quantitative genetics. Alumni and colleagues from academia, industry, nonprofits, health tech, business, policy, and beyond, visit with our students throughout the year to share insights and experience, and thus contribute to the vital knowledge-experience continuum between our department and the broader field. If you are interested in joining us as a guest speaker, or have ideas regarding this series, please contact Dr. Erin Lake and/or enter your ideas via this sheet.

Lagakos Alumni Award Lecture Lunchtime Career Chat w. Dr. Andrea Foulkes, ScD ’00Thursday, October 13 |  1:00-2:00pm EST | Biostats Conference Room (Bldg 2, Rm 426)RSVP to Attend Lunch RSVP to Attend Lecture/Reception

Lunchtime Career Chats are specifically designed to be informal, career-based discussions with our award and colloquium speakers.  Students and postdocs might not otherwise have access to these career-focused discussions with our department guests, since the award seminars are research-focused.  These professionals are coming from academic, government, industry and other sectors and are a wealth of knowledge and experience!

Please join our Lagakos Awardee, Dr. Andrea Foulkes to hear about her own career path, as well as insights and advice she has for students and postdocs.  Don’t miss the lecture and reception later in the day starting at at 4pm. 

A Visit with CBARWednesday October 19 | 1:00-1:50pm | FXB G10

RSVP for lunch here

Join The Center for Biostatistics and AIDS Research (CBAR) statisticians and programmers for a lunch panel presentation and discussion on topics ranging from current CBAR research and ongoing clinical trials (some of the largest in the world), to individual experiences and real-time job search advice. Hear what it’s like to work in a collaborative research environment on current HIV / infectious disease trials and observational studies.  Be sure to come with questions about CBAR’s current and upcoming openings for both PhD and Master’s level positions.  Panelists will address the following as well as general topics relevant to the job search and interview process in our field:

CBAR staff* What IS CBAR?* What is it like to be a statistician or programmer at CBAR?* What cutting edge research is ongoing across several of CBAR’s major networks (which include the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) and the Infant Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT))* What training, career progression, and mentoring practices exist at CBAR which make it unique?* What job opportunities are currently open at CBAR?* What is CBAR looking for in job candidates and during interviews?* What coursework in our department is helpful to have completed? * What advice would alumni of our department now working at CBAR have to offer?…and more!

What Color is Your ‘Biostatistics’ Parachute?Wednesday, October 26  |  1:00-2:00pm EST  |  Room 426 (in-person)RSVP here for pizza only if you plan to attend.Come one come all!  (The array of student interests and questions at this event will drive both the presentation and discussion.)Whether you are a doctoral or master’s student, have you wondered what opportunities and next steps a degree from our department might afford you?  Join Dr. Erin Lake (’01) for a broad outline and overview of the vast array of career opportunities made accessible by a degree in biostatistics, CBQG, or health data science, as well as comparisons between these sectors.  We’ll delve into a diagram of career options across academia, industry, the private and government sectors, consulting, non-profits and beyond.  What is it like to work on a team in Pharma…or for a CRO—and what is a CRO?  What range of roles is there in academia, and what types of funding?  Are there non-faculty research roles and what are those like? Where can one find a consulting role as a statistician?  What is the role of a data scientist in pharma or biotech? What might be a role for a statistician in government?  What is a health-tech role? We’ll discuss the larger picture, but also delve into details of what each sector might focus on from a statistical or data science perspective.  Depending on student interest we may delve into details around the CV/resume, job application, interview, presentation or coding challenge. This will be part presentation by Dr. Lake as well as opportunity for informal sharing by students, as our students have such varied and rich experiences from which to contribute insight and advice (however this is not required to join the conversation!)