Biology graduate students complete their doctoral studies at MIT with many career options before them. This section includes information on what careers Biology alumni have chosen after receiving their degrees, along with employment resources and Postdoctoral Fellowships that are available. There is also a link to a Career Seminar Series which is held in January of each year.
Alumni Statistics/ Information
The majority of graduates of the Biology Department’s program go on to a postdoctoral position in an academic setting. Other areas that students have gone on to include: medical school, teaching, science publishing, investment banking, patent law, and venture capital.
The following are job search resources recommended by the department.
In addition to the resources listed above, the Department of Biology lists current job opportunities here. Another helpful resource is MIT's Human Resources Careers at MIT page. MIT's Career Development Center offers job listings, workshops and career counseling to students and alumni. Additional resources include the Human Resources pages at the Whitehead Institute and the job postings at Community of Science.
The Biology Education Office has compiled a listing of postdoctoral fellowships, as well as links to several fellowship databases, which can be viewed here.
Career Seminar Series
During the January Independent Activities Period (IAP), which takes place between the Fall and Spring semesters, the Biology Department sponsors a series of seminars on Life After MIT: Taking the Next Step in Academic Research or Non-Academic Career Paths. Learn more about the series.
Seminars have featured speakers from both within and outside MIT. Some past seminars have included the following:
Writing a Thesis and Choosing a Post-Doc Lab
Writing a Postdoctoral fellowship
Applying for a Junior Faculty position
Demystifying the RO1 Grant Writing Process
Balancing Family and Science
Non-Academic Career Paths
Career in Industry
Biomedical Ventures on the Internet
Administrative Jobs in Science
Teaching at a Liberal Arts College