Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) Informational Interviewing, April 18th

The Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) is hosting a workshop entitled “Informational Interviewing” on April 18, 2012 from 5:45-7:30 pm in 105 Stanley Hall. Vegetarian food and refreshments will be served during networking time from 5:45-6:15 and the workshop will be from 6:15-7:30. With plenty of food and drinks, the social time is excellent for meeting scientists in other fields and labs and getting everyone out their lab to have some fun. At a recent workshop on how to write effective biosketches, I was able to connect with several biologists and chemical engineers.

PIEP committee members- Christopher Tsang, Justin Elstrott, Mike Fisher, & Kelsey Sivick- during the recent site visit to Amgen (Photo: Chris Tsang)

The information interviewing workshop will be conducted by Mark Friedfeld, Assistant Director and Career Advisor at Haas Business School. Mark specializes in financial services in his capacity as career adviser but works with students from a variety of other fields. On the philanthropic side, Mark is active member of the San Francisco Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

PIEP aims to help postdocs and graduate students explore industry career paths by connecting them with Bay Area companies through site visits, including a recent visit to Amgen, and information interviews. PIEP encourages exploration of alternatives to the bench including clinical research, medical liason, production & supply, regulatory & stewardship, marketing & sales, communication, business development, and legal & intellectual property. Postdocs and graduate students submit biosketches to PIEP, which host companies then use to select attendees.

PIEP is sponsored by the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association, Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program, and the UC Berkeley Career Center. For more information please contact ucb.piep@gmail.com. The next PIEP site-visit will be to Gilead on May 8, 2012.

Every week, Piper will highlight an event or an organization on or near campus that is of interest to the Berkeley Science Review audience.

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