Wednesday, January 24, 2007


New Link Added: Bio Job Blog

This is a great news site posted by a fellow PhD and AMWA member. If you are interested in medical communications career, many of his posts are targeted in that direction.

Noteworthy posts include:

Discussion on medical writing and communications training certificates
Gloomy days at Pfizer
Cogent definition of medical communications
Some non-bland interview tips

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Pfizer to Lay-off 10,000 Workers

As part of this 'restructuring', Michigan is being hit very hard, for Pfizer is closing its Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor campuses. I do not have anything astute to add except to say that it is saddening and unnerving given job searches take ~6 months and you are competing with your peers in a small job market. More discussion here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


The Taxman Cometh

For those postdocs paid under the moniker of "certain government payments" i.e. are required to file quarterly, 1/16/2007 is the due date for last quarterly federal tax payments of 2006.

Federal taxes must be sent by mail, NC state income taxes are due 1/15/2007 but there is now a web link where you can pay your pound of flesh for a small fee. (I personally prefer making them fuss with a piece of mail and wait for a check to clear).


Friday, January 05, 2007


CSBN Seminar Series, Featuring BD Technologies

Albert A. Lauritano is the director of business developement at BD Technologies, the corporate and innovation research center for BD, a medical technology company with a worldwide footprint. He will be speaking on his experiences in both large and small biomedical industries. The event is at UNC Chapel Hill and is open to the public.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


CED Biotech Forum, Monday January 22nd, 2007

The first CEDNC Biotech Forum of 2007 covers partnering among biotech companies. Postdocs can benefit from attending this event by a) being educated on how certain aspects of business operate in industry and b) meeting new people who have already secured an industry position.

Unless you find a way to get drunk and dance tabletops during the talks, chances are you will only benefit by attending.

Featured panelists include:

Check back here to register.


Healthcare Businesswomen's Association January Event

I have posted about the HBA many times, and I want to emphasize to all the female biomedical scientists out there what great networking and mentoring opportunities their RTP chapter events provide. This month's event is open to non-members and focuses on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. I don't think I will ever be convinced that this is possible as a postdoc, but I would check it out anyways.

The Art of Balancing Life

Tuesday January 16th, 2007

NC Biotechnology Center

Congressional Room

15 T.W. Alexander Drive

Research Triangle Park, NC 27709


Program Agenda:
5:30-6:30 Registration and Networking

6:30-7:00 Soup and Salad Buffet

7:00-8:30 Program

Register online

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