Created by on 03/27/2012

On March 12 – 13, 2012, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) held the 2012 Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Positions. Held on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda campus, the conference brought 156 postdocs and 32 speakers together to discuss how to secure and thrive in an independent investigator position.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins delivered the keynote address, in which he emphasized both the “extraordinary opportunities” and the importance of “encouraging and nurturing the biomedical workforce of the future.” He spoke at length about NIH efforts to encourage diversity with regard to race, ethnicity, and gender and cautioned that the biomedical research endeavor is “missing out on recruiting some of the best and brightest from across the country.”
Serving in a dual capacity as the event moderator and one of its presenters on career planning, Dr. Philip Clifford led the workshop, which featured incoming NIGMS Director Dr. Chris Kaiser, top funding agency officials, leading scientists from academia, industry, and government, and nationally-recognized career development and training experts. Attendees explored a wide variety of topics over the course of the two day meeting. Among the highlights were discussions regarding the use of grant databases and other tools to identify agency funding priorities, the use of specific examples to maximize the impact of the interviewing process, and designing projects for completion in the pre-tenure career stage.
To view the agenda, webcast, and slide presentations from the event, click here.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins addresses the audience at the FASEB-NIGMS workshop.


Incoming NIGMS Director Dr. Chris Kaiser offered career advice to postdocs during the banquet dinner at the FASEB-NIGMS workshop

Attendees heard from expert speakers on a variety of topics including salary negotiations, interviewing skills, and finding a mentor.