Connie Hampton


Job Search Tips from a Senior Recruiter

A few months out of my first assistant attending position, I feel freer to pontificate on the travails of how to search for your first real job. While I am not a golden child with million dollar grants and C-N-S publications, I nonetheless felt wanted during my job search and am able to impart my...



Jobs in Curriculum Development

In the new year, my job title changed from eLearning Specialist to eLearning Developer. My boss delivered this news with some hand waving about internal alignments, and my day to day work hasn’t changed. When I applied for my job as an eLearning Specialist, I wasn’t sure that I would make the cu...



Fellowships: Making lemonade from lemons

There are a number of fellowships and internships out there for PhDs to explore career options. There are teaching fellowships (e.g., Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship), science policy fellowships (e.g., Research American Science Policy), regulatory and medical writing (e.g., Cato Research Fello...



When transitioning from academia to pharma, academic scientists need their C.R.E.A.M!

Every day, young academic scientists are motivated to start careers in pharma.  A few years ago, I was one of them.  After working for over a year in pharma, I would like to share some of my thoughts about this transition.  In this post, I will discuss some helpful qualities that I co...



How to Take Control of Your Time and Write a Lot More

Letting data linger in our labs is very common in academia. Most, if not all, Principle Investigators have data that may never see the light of the day. Do you wish you have more time to write scientific papers? In this present post, I'll share some tips on how to get control of your time, and ...



Ensure that your first job meets these two criteria

I often encounter two types of graduate students and postdocs who are on the job market. The first type is looking for the perfect job.  Students in this category want their first job to meet all of their career requirements such as responsibilities, salary, location, growth opportunities,...



How to Tell Your Advisor…. “I’m Leaving Academia”

Many people enter a Ph.D. program or postdoctoral fellowship with the plan that they will be in academia forever. However, for about 70% of trainees, this plan changes along the way. Sometimes it happens slowly, over a long period of time, and sometimes it happens quickly. In either case, usually th...



Choosing a lab to work in Academia: Big vs Small

Once you are set to pursue academic research, you may have a few options regarding labs and PIs you would like to work for. While this is a very coarse view on how labs function according to their “size,” with exceptions in all kinds, I have observed that many of those characteristics are s...



Do you have a Sponsor?

I am wondering how many people know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?  I am sure everyone has heard of mentors, but have you heard of a sponsor (and this isn’t someone who is trying to raise money for a deserving charity!)?  My description of a mentor is someone who teaches ...



Acquiring Grant Writing Skills Early in Your Career

There are many opportunities in industry for life scientists with grant writing skills. As a Medical Writer, you may choose to include grant proposal writing as one of the services you offer. I was recently asked to write a technology grant proposal for launching an iOS App. Although I did not ...