How to Choose Your Next Lab or Workplace

01/17/2024
By AWIS National

Are you embarking on a scientific career and wondering how to make the right choice when selecting a lab or workplace? It’s a decision that can shape your future, yet it’s often overlooked.

You will spend 4-7 years working for one person in a small group — don’t you think this is worth a little pre-work to make sure it will be a good fit and get you close to where you want to go in the future? When interviewing for any job, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. This presentation will give you practical tips on what to look for and how to find a new lab or workplace out of the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understanding the importance of lab choice
  2. Questions you should ask during the interview process
  3. Practical tips and guidance on how to identify the right fit for your scientific journey

WATCH THE RECORDING (You must be an AWIS member. Join today or contact awis@awis.org for group screening information.)

Meet the Speaker

Dr. Joanne Kamens received her PhD in genetics from Harvard Medical School in Genetics. She has had a varied career in academia, pharma, biotech and nonprofit. She is currently serving as the interim Executive Director of Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business. For a decade she was executive director of the nonprofit biotech, Addgene. Dr. Kamens has been advancing diversity and inclusion for decades including as founder of the Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science (MASS AWIS). She is currently Chair of the Seeding Labs Board of Directors and also serves as an advisor to Scismic, a job matching site for life scientists, and Protocols.io. She is active in creating and supporting mentoring programs for science trainees.

Joanne gives over 80 talks each year on career topics all over the world. She speaks widely on topics such as Winning Company Culture, Implicit Bias, Management 101, Making the most of Mentoring Relationships, Work/Life Negotiation, and Building Relationships for Success. You can find her @jkamens on Twitter.