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ASU Postdoctoral Career Conference

April 14-15, 2022

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day

The purpose of the ASU Postdoctoral Career Conference is to give postdocs the opportunity to explore multiple career pathways and to help postdocs be successful in their efforts to obtain the jobs of their choosing.

Whether you’re headed for the tenure track, you’re an industry type or you are one of those crazy startup people, we want to talk about how to get ready for your next big thing.

This year's conference will be held in-person on day 1, and virtually on day 2, and will feature some of ASU’s amazing staff and former postdocs who will provide insight and coaching on the job search process.  We will also hear from former postdocs who have chosen career paths in government, entrepreneurship and industry, and what led them to choose those paths.  

This professional development conference is open to all postdocs, research scientists and final-year PhD students. The purpose of the conference is to reveal and explain hiring processes across all sectors and to expose postdocs to a wider range of career options.



2022 ASU Postdoctoral Career Conference Agenda   

April 14: In-person, Alumni Room MU202, Tempe Memorial Union
8:30 a.m.  Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Welcome: Dr. Elizabeth Wentz, Vice Provost and Dean, ASU Graduate College
9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote: Dr. Tracy Costello, Director, Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Student Development, University of South Florida; Founder, Coach4Postdocs 
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.

Resource Fair


12:00 p.m.    Lunch
April 15: Virtual on Zoom - Concurrent Breakout Sessions
9:00 a.m. Session A - Making the most of your Postdoc Experience  Moderator: Dr.Tahina Ramiaramanantsoa;  Dr. Hope Lancaster, Boys Town Research Hospital; Dr. Eric Chen, Intel; Dr.Tara Nkrumah, ASU Asst. Research Professor
  Session B -  Championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education  Dr. Brooke Coley,  ASU Assistant Professor
10:00 a.m.  Session A -  Working for startups:  Risks and rewards  Moderator:  Dr. Qiwen Cheng;  Dr. Christina Forbes, ElectraTect; Dr. Shannon Poges, Honeywell 
  Session B - Perspectives on the future of higher education  Dr. Gustavo Fischman, ASU Professor & MLFTC Scholarly Publications Director
11:00 a.m. Session A - Opportunities and research in government labs  Moderator:  Dr. Ting LiuKate Carter, Oak Ridge Nat'l Lab;  Dr. Abraham Tidwell, Pacific Northwest Nat'l Lab; Dr. Melissa Gish, National Renewable Energy Lab. 
  Session B - Becoming an academic entrepreneur: how scientists develop an entrepreneurial identity  Dr. Chris Hayter, ASU Associate Professor
12:00 p.m. Session A - The benefits of multiple postdocs and finding non-traditional funding sources  Moderator: Dr. Amin AlhashimDr. Steve Elliott, NOAA; Dr. Jessica Noviello, NASA; Dr. Danica Schaffer-Smith, The Nature Conservancy
  Session B - Job opportunities for international scholars in the U.S.  Julia Tebben,  Asst. Director, ASU Global Career Initiatives 
1:00 p.m. Closing Plenary:  The Future of Work and PhDs.  Brian David Johnson, ASU Professor of Practice, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes