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1 Research Career Development Government Gail P. Taylor Fall 2010 F 2010

2 References ► Jump Start Your Career in Bioscience. Chandra B. Louise, Ph.D. Peer Productions, Durham NC, 1998 ► Opportunities in the Biological Sciences. Kathleen Belikoff. VGM Career Books, 2004 ► azine/previous_issues/articles/2009_10_23/science.opms.r azine/previous_issues/articles/2009_10_23/science.opms.r azine/previous_issues/articles/2009_10_23/science.opms.r

3 So….. You’ve gotten your Ph.D. Now What?

4 What Happens after Your Degree? ► Postdoc  Acad  Industry  Government ► Get a job…  Academia  Government ► Federal/Local ► Research/Other paths…  Industry  Other…

5 Government Research

6 Trends in Government Science ► Tends to fewer layoffs than industry/Job security ► Fewer demands of obtaining funding and grants ► Competitive benefits and salary ► Good retirement benefits ► Learning opportunities ► Diverse working environments

7 Variable levels of Government ► Local ► State ► Federal

8 What Happens in Government Science? ► Different agencies do different things!  Research  Grant Administration  Make or enforce Laws  Science Policy  Technology Transfer  Provide information/services, etc., to the public.

9 Federal Positions

10 Federal Facts (2007) ► The 1.6 million federal employees  15 cabinet-level agencies  20 large, independent agencies (>1,000 employees)  Over 80 percent of government jobs are located outside of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, ► Baltimore ► Philadelphia ► Atlanta ► San Diego ► New York City)

11 Best Places to Work in Govt ► kings/ kings/ kings/

12 What are the Mechanisms of Employment? ► Student jobs:  ► Post-Graduation  Postdoctoral (www.training.nih.gov)  Permanent civilian employment  Civilian contract employment  Enlisted researchers… ►

13 Job Grades - Federal ► The following table shows the amount and level of education typically required for each grade for which education alone can be qualifying. At GS-13 and above, appropriate specialized experience is required for all positions. ► GRADE QUALIFYING EDUCATION ► GS-1 None ► GS-2 High school graduation or equivalent ► GS-3 1 academic year above high school ► GS-4 2 academic years above high school or Associate's degree ► GS-5 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree, or Bachelor's degree ► GS-7 Bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement for two-grade interval positions, or 1 academic year of graduate education (or law school, as specified in qualification standards or individual occupational requirements) ► GS-9 Master's (or equivalent graduate degree such as LL.B. or J.D. as specified in qualification standards or individual occupational requirements), or 2 academic years of progressively higher level graduate education ► GS-11 Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 academic years of progressively higher level graduate education, or For research positions only, completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent degree ► GS-12 For research positions only, completion of all requirements for a doctoral or equivalent degree

14 Jobs Vary Greatly ► Agencies will determine the jobs  Availability  Responsibilities  Titles

15 About the Jobs ► Can assess a position or institution before applying for a federal job. ► The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) (  information on federal benefits and salaries as well as the demographics of the federal work force. ► FedScope ( statistics such as demographic breakdowns by state, department, and/or type of position.

16 Science and the Federal Government…

17 Department of Health and Human Services   National Institutes of Health (NIH)  Medicare  Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

18 National Institutes of Health ►

19 Centers for Disease Control ►

20 Food and Drug Administration ►

21 Department of Agriculture ► ► Agricultural Research Service

22 Department of the Interior ► ► Fish and Wildlife and Parks Division ► National Parks Service ► Etc…

23 Environmental Protection Agency ► ► Many research offices! ►

24 National Science Foundation ► ► Independent federal agency ► Promote the progress of science ► Generally funds basic research

25 NASA ► All sorts of different fields!! ►

26 Department of Energy ► ► Major Research Areas: 

27 Office of Science and Technology Policy ►

28 Department of Defense ►

29 US Department of Commerce ► ► Patents and Trademark Office ► National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

30 Federal Bureau of Investigation ► ► What they research: 

31 Job Security ► Difficult to fire ANY federal employee.. ;)  Much better than most Industry

32 Pay ► Generally a little better than academic, worse than Industry…

33 Finally…. ► What is the NAS? ►


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