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Biotech has become one of the most dynamic economic field over the past decade. Research and development as it used to be is now changing very fast. Innovation is not only undertaken by big pharma companies but also by new emerging startups that are leading innovation. Recently, the Deloitte consulting group published a report on the evolution of R&D in big pharma companies. Colin Terry is a partner of Deloitte in the Life Sciences practice. He has been with Deloitte since 2011 working in the US firm, until 2014 when he moved to the UK practice. Colin’s work as a consultant in the Life Sciences field ranges across R&D strategies and operations including operating model development and implementation as well as post-merger integration (PMI). These engagements have been serving client boards and their senior leadership teams in R&D, marketing and supply chain departments. So, understanding the main trends in biotechnology is essential to properly orientate job applications in the sectors that are best recruiting today.
During their thesis, PhD candidates have to develop a large set of skills which are intrinsic to the nature of their work. These skills range from running a well-thought research project to presenting the work to the world by writing theses, articles, grants, reviews and also giving clear, concise and unbiased communications. Besides PhD holders are well-trained critical thinkers who acquire high-level technical knowledge and management, teaching, computing and networking skills. Most young researchers develop a plethora of competences without even being aware of it, and some simply don’t know how to highlight their skills properly. During the forum, a talk will be given by Dr. Emmanuelle Ebel-Jost who obtained her PhD in Performing Arts in 2010 in Strasbourg. She is a former teacher at the University of Strasbourg who is now associated Director of a graduate consulting company, AdocMétis.
Reading an offer is the first step towards finding a job. In order to be as efficient as possible and to avoid wasting time by applying to unfitting positions, one should be able to well understand these job offers. Attendees of this workshop will learn the proper way to operate this important step of the application process.
Nowadays, building a network before starting to seek for a job is of critical importance. Indeed, having a diverse and well-built network helps considerably to increase the chances of finding a job. The aim of this workshop is to give participants some keys on how to network in a smart and effective manner during an event (e.g. congress, seminar…).
A job interview is the tipping point of the hiring process. For a company it is generally the first “physical” contact with the candidate for a position. To increase one’s chances of being hired, this decisive checkpoint cannot be improvised and must to be thoroughly prepared. This workshop will give participants important tools to be well prepared for a job interview.
10 seats are open only for french speaking participants et the moment . In a professional environment, it is very common that one is asked to introduce oneself and to convince someone in a short time. This exercise called « elevator pitch » is tricky because one has to be able to quickly summarize one’s skills and experiences in a clear and smart way. During this workshop, the participants will have the unique opportunity to learn how to master this specific communication exercise. To compete for the Elevator pitch price , you have to prepare a 2min pitch (as you may present yourself in front of a recruiter), it will be corrected during the workshop and you’ll receive some advice before presenting it in front of a jury.
In the recent years, the use of online social media has considerably raised in the professional field. Besides, these social media constitute an interesting way for job seekers to enhance their network. This workshop aims at advising the participants on how to build an effective and attractive professional profile online.
During this roundtable, PhD candidates and holders will have the unique opportunity to get professional advices and feedbacks on the field that is originally dedicated to them: Research and Development in the industry. Speakers will present their professional career and share their experience and strategies to be hired in this field.
An ever-increasing number of young researchers is finding positions in consulting companies. But this activity has been largely ignored and poorly understood among scientists who generally think themselves unfit for the task. This roundtable aims at providing information on this specific type of position that has become really attractive and promising for PhD holders.
In France, young researchers are being more and more coveted by private companies to fill their positions in management departments (i.e. project leader, etc.). Indeed, the skills acquired during a PhD, where one has to lead a project during 3 years, can be extremely helpful to effectively fulfill this activity. Attendees of this roundtable will get detailed information on this new field opened to young researchers in France (e.g. how to get a position, what activities will be given to the researcher, feedbacks of researchers in position, etc).
During their PhD, young researchers may be in contact with clinicians or work in the field of translational research. This experience can open the doors to a position in clinical trials. Different positions are available in this field for young PhD holders who want to quit the benchside to work directly in the bedside. In this roundtable, these positions, as well as other various points related to clinical trials, will be highlighted.
In academia as well as in corporate fields, one of the mandatory step for an innovation to reach industrial production is technological transfer. This process consists of an exchange of knowledge, techniques and know-hows between two structures (or two departments in a company). This key step requires a good knowledge of how things work in the early stage which makes PhDs particularly fit to deal with it. This roundtable aims at enlightening this particular work and the opportunities it can represent for young researchers.
Communicating and sharing knowledge is vital among scientists from academia as well as from the industry. Indeed, it is essential for private companies to speak about their work to attract more and more customers. Thus, scientific communication has become a full-time job which can be fulfilled by young PhDs. This roundtable will highlight skills and tools to help PhD holders be more effective when communicating.
With recent technological advances, a new type of work has emerged in some companies which lead to the creation of data scientist positions. Data scientists are in charge of the management and analysis of so-called “big data”. These professionals are very appreciated by companies that are collecting such massive data, especially biotechnology firms. During this roundtable, participants will learn more about this new type of career possibility and the opportunity it represents for young researchers.
Nowadays, “entrepreneurship” is a word that can be heard everywhere in the scientific world. It is needless to say that it constitutes an ideal opportunity for young researchers with an innovative idea. But what does it mean? How can one become an entrepreneur? Where to start? Attendees of this roundtable will have the chance to find answers to these questions and others.
Due to its size and localization, Strasbourg is an ideal location for tri-national programs. Hence, collaborations between France, Germany and Switzerland have developed a highly dynamic network organized around Strasbourg. These tri-national connections give great opportunities for young researchers in Strasbourg.These researchers can indeed have a privileged access to some positions in Germany and Switzerland. In this roundtable, attendees will benefit from the experience of professionals involved in the tri-national recruitment and learn more about the associated opportunities (where and how to get access to them, etc).
Positions in the sales and marketing departments of some companies are today opened to scientific PhD holders. Indeed, biotechs industries and suppliers are very interested in the technical expertise acquired by young researchers. This roundtable will approach various points regarding this topic: what are exactly the functions of a PhD holder in the sales and marketing field, how to be recruited in this field, etc.
The protection of discoveries and ideas is today an inevitable step when one wants to go from the lab to the industry or to create a start-up. Some organizations are specialized in supporting researchers during the patenting process and they need PhD holders who are experts in various scientific fields to fully understand the project of their client. During this roundtable, the participants will have the opportunity to learn which roles fall to PhDs in terms of intellectual property and what PhDs have to do in order to get a position in this domain.
Today, corporate culture is gaining importance in the recruitment process. Corporate culture refers to the beliefs and behaviors, often implied inside a company (but not expressly defined), which determine all interactions and internal affairs. Indeed, more and more companies want their applicants for a position to fit with their cultural values. In this roundtable, speakers from various private companies will present their companies’ corporate culture and explain to what extend this value is important in the recruitment process.