Career Development Opportunities

There are many opportunities within the MCB graduate program and the broader Dartmouth community to explore the diverse career options available to Ph.D. scientists. The faculty are dedicated to helping students find the career path that best suits their passions and their skills. MCB alumni have found fulfilling careers as professors in research universities and liberal arts colleges, as scientists in the biotech industry, as leaders and innovators in business, as patent lawyers and writers among other careers. The collaborative and supportive community of faculty, alumni and peers ensures that each student finds a satisfying post-graduation path. Here are some examples of career development opportunities in which MCB students participate:

General Career Help

  • The Graduate Studies Office provides multiple career seminars and panel discussions each month on topics ranging from writing a CV to transitioning from academia to industry.
  • A weekly careers journal club for senior level students helps students navigate the transition from the MCB program.
  • An accessible MCB Alumni Network is available for advice on careers from traditional academic jobs to consulting and law.

Academic Research Career Guidance

  • Public speaking: Students receive extensive presentation experiences through journal clubs, lab meetings and yearly Research in Progress (RIPs) seminars. Most students will be sharing their research with colleagues at Dartmouth in a variety of retreats and with their wider research fields by presenting at national and international meetings such as Gordon Research Conferences and annual society meetings.
  • Teaching: Each MCB student will gain experience teaching Dartmouth undergraduates through one term of TAing.
  • Writing: There are workshops available to graduate students for scientific writing and the qualifying exam process prepare students to write post-doctoral fellowship applications.
  • Mentoring: The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) has a 4 week series on learning to be a good mentor and how to manage people.
  • Networking: There is a Principle Investigator Track (PIT) graduate student group to discuss the path to a research job, and a vibrant Post-doc association to provide additional mentoring on navigating the academy.

Teaching: Training and Experience

  • DCAL programs for graduate students include syllabus writing, teaching philosophy, mentoring, TA workshops, balancing life and academia, grant writing workshops, Teacher Training course (5-week series), Ethics Teacher training, Science Cafe community outreach program
  • The Dartmouth GK-12 Project provides funding for graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering at Dartmouth College to work with local middle school teachers to bring current science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research into middle school classrooms.
  • Some MCB students can have the opportunity to help mentor undergraduates who come to campus through the Women In Science Program (WISP), HHMI undergraduate research program, Presidential Scholars program and honors thesis students.

Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Tuck Business School Bridge Program-a 4 week intensive course to prepare students for a transition to business school
  • Joint Dartmouth M.B.A.-Ph.D. program -a combined degree program offering the unique opportunity for doctoral scientists to finish their training with management education from The Tuck School of Business.
  • Dartmouth Entrepreneur Network (DEN) - a group which supports entrepreneurial initiatives and facilitate integrated efforts toward entrepreneurship education and commercial implementation for students, faculty and alumni of Dartmouth.

Writing

  • The Dartmouth Writing Program is a resource for students to become better writers
  • Career development seminars with editors of different major journals
  • Dartmouth ESL Writing Program provides free English-language assistance to international graduate students
  • Students can seek additional writing experience such as writing profiles of former students on the MCB alumni webpage

Biotechnology Industry

  • Local Biotech community: Many MCB graduate students pursuing careers in biotech will join the growing local biotech scene through employment at companies such as Adimab, Mascoma, and Glycofi