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ASU Postdoctoral Career Conference

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.

March 31, 2020, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tempe campus, Memorial Union (Ventana Ballroom) 

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It’s time to get the gang together!  We’ve reserved a bunch of rooms in the Tempe Memorial Union to get all of ASU’s postdocs together for one day, to meet one another, to network, and to talk about your future!  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. 

We’ll have ASU’s amazing staff and faculty on hand to provide insight and coaching on the faculty search process, and we’ll have folks from entrepreneurship and innovation around to talk about how to launch your big idea through entrepreneurship funding.  We’re aiming to make this an informative and fun-filled day. 

This one-day professional development conference is open to all postdocs, research scientists, and final-year PhD students, and will be held March 31 on Tempe campus.  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. 

The Postdoc Career Conference, sponsored by the ASU Graduate College, will include workshops, speakers, and panel sessions on how postdocs can be successful in making their next career move, whether it be in academia, industry, or in entrepreneurial ventures. 

The conference takes place from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 in the Ventana Ballroom in the Tempe Memorial Union.  There is no cost to attend.  


8:30       Registration and Breakfast

9:00       Welcome - Alfredo J. Artiles, Dean, ASU Graduate College

9:15       Keynote - Chinedum OjinnakaAsst Professor of Biomedical Informatics

ASU College of Health Solutions

Ojinnaka's research focuses on identifying the associations between individual and population-level social determinants of health, and disparities in health outcomes and health care utilization. Her research leverages databases such as cancer registry and public-assistance program data, to identify factors that affect health outcomes and disparities. 

10:15     Break

10:30     Plenary Session - Career Opportunities in Industry

John Mitchell, Director of Corporate Engagement, Arizona State University  

11:15     Plenary Session - Balancing academia and a startup

Zak Holman, ASU Professor and Co-founder of Swift Coat, and Visar Berisha, ASU Professor and Co-founder of Aural Analytics will talk about how they balance research, teaching, and business as they share their experiences as professors and co-founders of startup companies. 

12:00     Lunch

12:45     Breakout Sessions

Negotiating an Offer

Heather Bean, ASU Professor in the School of Life Sciences, shares her experience and perspectives about how a new tenure-track professor should approach negotiating their first academic job.  Topics that will be covered include startup funding, class load, and requirements for tenure.

Spin it out - Funding your research through a startup

Brent Sebold, Executive Director of Fulton Schools Entrepreneurship and Innovation Office, will share details about the National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps program, which allows researchers to unlock over $1M in NSF funding to transfer research into a startup venture.  

Managing your international visa

Chung-Ning Gonzalez, Associate Director of the ASU International Students and Scholars Center, will talk about the J-1 visa program, renewals, H-1B visas in industry, and how international scholars should navigate the hiring process. 

2:00       Breakout Sessions

Postdoc to Industry

Hanin Bearat, Sr. Product Engineer at Medtronic, and Olu Ogunro, Process Engineer at Intel, will talk about their transition from academia to corporate research.  They will talk about the recruiting process, how to get noticed and hired, and the benefits of working in industry. 

Postdoc to ASU Research Professor

Greer Dolby, ASU Assistant Research Professor, and Jesse Senko, ASU Assistant Research Professor, and Jiseon Yang, Assistant Research Professor, will discuss how they successfully transitioned from ASU Postdoc to ASU Professor.  They will share their grant-writing strategy and how they navigated the pathway that allowed them to continue their careers at ASU.   

Aligning your core values with your perspective organization

Mai Trinh, ASU Assistant Professor of Leadership and Integrative Studies, will discuss how to strategically identify their core values (knowledge, skills, and abilities), seek out and align their values with those of their prospective organizations, and proactively manage their career.   

3:15       Breakout Sessions

Postdoc to Academia - Applying and interview experiences 

Megan Behringer and Hope Lancaster are current ASU Postdocs who have secured faculty positions for Fall 2020.  They will share their experiences and strategies in applying, interviewing, and negotiating a tenure track faculty position. 

Exploring Careers in Intellectual Property

Michael Lee serves as Commercialization Analyst for SkySong Innovations, ASU’s intellectual property and patent office.  Michael will share his thoughts on the opportunities for PhDs to work in patenting and IP at ASU and beyond. 

Launching your career in industry

Chelsey Jonson, Career & Industry Specialist at ASU Career and Professional Development Services, will focus on the details of securing a job in industry, including where to look for jobs, developing a Resume, and what and academic should expect in the industry recruitment process.    

4:30       Networking Reception at the University Club

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