The Hidden Job

2019 Career Symposium
"The Hidden Job: Skills for a Career in Physiology"
(Sponsored by APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee)


Date: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday during Experimental Biology 2019

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 AM, each day

Location: Orlando Convention Center, Room W311D



Bryan Becker, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
Christopher Trimby, Ph.D., University of Delaware


Symposium Abstract:

Careers in science require the development of a number of skills and proficiencies that extend beyond the normal training practices, which are primarily focused on technical, writing, and other “hard” skills. These include such things as negotiation skills, hiring and firing of lab personnel, scientific society involvement, areas of service, administrative responsibilities, organizing meetings and symposia, moving between academia and industry, and many others. The focus will be on those skills that are not a common aspect of training. Speakers will address these issues from a perspective of “what I wish I knew before I started this job” and “things no one told me I needed to know before I started.” This symposium aims to discuss these topics in an interactive format facilitated by leaders in academic, industry, teaching, governmental, and society roles. The targeted audience of trainees and established investigators alike will be exposed to the perspectives of the facilitators and will be able to incorporate the non-traditional training advice of the facilitators into their individual career plans.


Presentations and Speakers


  • Sunday, April 7, 2019
    David Brooks, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Kathy Ryan, U.S. Army
    Tools for Transitions
  • Monday, April 8, 2019
    Jennifer Pollock, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Stanley Andrisse, Johns Hopkins University
    Mentoring, Management, and Team Science
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019
    Alberto Roca, DiverseScholar and Adam Case, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    The Elusive Informal Skills: Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier