Career Development

Mol Alumni Career Support Network

Database for Postdocs – connect with Princeton MOL alumni representing a variety of different career paths who are willing to provide career development support, advice and mentorship.

Career Guidance

If you are interested in exploring career options outside of academia, Kate Hammond at the Center for Career Development provides individual career advising appointments for current Princeton postdocs appointed at the ranks of Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA), Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF), Postgraduate Research Associate (PGRA), and Associate Research Scholar (ARS). She can help you define your career exploration, develop an action plan for your job search, coach you to expand your network, convert your CV into a resume, build a LinkedIn profile, write a targeted cover letter, and prepare for your next step. To make a 30 minute phone or Skype appointment with Kate, e-mail your resume and a brief note regarding what you would like to discuss to Kate Hammond.

Scientific Career Development

Zemer Gitai: Starting a Lab: A balancing act

Making the Right Moves

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

National Postdoctoral Association

Young PI forum

BWF Career Tools

My IDP (Individual Development Plan)


Improving Your Writing

Princeton Writing Program

Princeton Writes

Whitesides' Group: Writing a Paper

Grant and Fellowship Applications

Fred Hughson: How to Write a Strong Grant/Fellowship Application

Fred Hughson: Grant/Fellowship Writing notes

Top Tips from Molecular Biology Faculty

Giving Great Presentations

Sample job talks and chalk talks by MOL faculty - only available to MOL Postdocs

Ned Wingreen: How to give a great talk

Danelle Devenport: The Chalk Talk Demystified: How to Prepare and Give a Great Chalk Talk

Susan McDonnell: Designing Effective Scientific Presentations

Uri Alon: How to give a good talk? video

Uri Alon: How To Give a Good Talk - Cell

Time Management Concepts

Mind Tools: Time Management 13 Time Management Tips They Didn’t Teach You About in School

Job Applications

Ricardo Mallarino: Applying for (and getting) an academic position

Office of Career & Professional Development at UCSF

Rutgers iJOBS (Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists); an exciting, new program funded by the NIH initiative “Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training”. The government recognizes the need for preparing trainees for their future and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget recently officially proclaimed that career training is one of the dual roles of grad students and postdocs. Rutgers iJOBS exposes PhD graduate students and postdocs to the many career options available to them and consists primarily of career panels, workshops and site visits.  



Versatile PhD

NYAS Career Resources


Networking Resources

NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education networking videos:


Establishing and Maintaining Networks