STEM PhD Careers in Think Tanks (ongoing online panel discussions, all week 4/3-4/7)


VersatilePhD offers ongoing AMA-style panel discussions. April's panel features STEM PhDs working in Think Tank organizations. Check it out all this week, April 3-7: 


STEM PhDs can positively impact society by working in think tanks, non-academic research organizations that influence public policy around an important issue or cluster of issues. Think tanks hire PhDs to conduct and evaluate studies and help develop policy recommendations.


– An Oncological Science PhD who is now director of a biomedical research think tank
– A Biochemistry PhD now serving as director of a regulatory science and engineering center within a policy studies institute
– A Mathematics PhD now working as associate mathematician at a public policy- and security-focused research organization
– An Interdisciplinary Ecology PhD who is now a scientist at an environmental think tank
– A Chemical Engineering PhD now working as a transportation research analyst at a nonprofit research foundation

Our PhD Career Panel discussions are like a combination of an AMA and an informational interview. They take place in our discussion forums, so it all happens online and in writing. Each discussion takes a five-day work week; because it is asynchronous, you can participate anytime during the week.

On the Monday when a panel starts, panelists introduce themselves in the appropriate forum (STEM). All panelists are PhD or ABD and currently employed in the career being discussed. VPhD members may post questions and interact with the panelists through the end of the week on Friday.

PhD Career Panel discussions are open to all Versatile PhD members. Join Versatile PhD now if you haven’t already. It’s free and will not result in spam.

When a panel discussion is running, you can find it in the appropriate forum. Look in that forum for topics beginning with the word “Panel.” Good idea to read previous questions and answers before asking your own. There is no such thing as a stupid question.