Career Development

There is a broad range of possibilities for those graduating with a Ph.D in Systems Biology. Our students enjoy a variety of career development activities, seminars and workshops that are vital to achieving success in today’s career market.

Harvard’s Career Services Office
Check the OCS/GSAS Google calendar for the most up-to-date information, workshop descriptions, and additional programs.Keep up with the latest career happenings, along with job and internship postings, and sign up for our listservs: Academic Careers, Nonacademics Careers, or both!

myIDP Scientists: myIDP helps you create an individual development plan to help you find the best career path for you. You will find exercises that help you examine your skills, interests and values, as well as articles and resources about the career development process and a list of 20+ scientific career paths with suggestions of which ones best fit your skills and interests.To get started visit,

Student Groups

Harvard Biotechnology Club
Harvard Graduate Consulting Club

DMS Paths

Science Careers Booklet

Trying to decide which career path to pursue is one of the most frequently discussed topics on Students can access a collection of Science Careers articles for FREE -  scenarios from both industry and academia offering advice from advancing in one’s academic career to preparing for a career in pharmaceuticals to investigating the benefits of a biotech training program. We invite you to read about opportunities that you may not have previously considered.

To download the booklet, just sign up for a free account on Your welcome e-mail will include a link to all available booklets. Register and get your complimentary booklet today

So, what's it really like to work in biotech?

This essay provides insight into the daily life of a scientist in biotechnology, drawing on experience gained from working in companies ranging in size from four to more than 80,000 employees. The basic scientific training in molecular biology required for the work is similar between academia and industry, but the way in which these skills are applied differs. Biologists in industry settings work as part of large, multidisciplinary teams. This requires relinquishing the degree of intellectual freedom allowed in academia but offers an increased opportunity to see the fruits of one's labor translate into products with the potential to positively impact human or environmental health. Read full article

Postdoctoral Fellowships

American Cancer Society
Jane Coffin Childs Foundation
Damon Runyon Awards
European Molecular Biology Organization
Human Frontiers Science Program
Leukemia Society of America
Life Sciences Research Foundation
Health Resources in Action
National Institutes of Health
Helen Hay Whitney Foundation