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Exploring Diverse Postdoctoral Career Paths

While many postdoctoral researchers expect their training to lead to a career in academia, the reality is that only a small fraction of this group become tenured professors. The Office of Research and Innovation is hosting a webinar with a panel of experts to provide insights about career pathways outside of academia that includes discussion of career opportunities in the government, industry, and research management sector.

Speakers, all former postdocs, have experience as leaders in federal policy, entrepreneurs, and researchers in industry and federal labs. This panel will help illuminate alternative career pathways, along with advice for current postdocs to make the jump from academia. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with audience members.

Exploring Diverse Postdoctoral Career Paths
April 23, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Dan Sui
Vice President for Research and Innovation
Virginia Tech


Wayne Scales portrait.

Wayne Scales
The J. Byron Maupin Professor of Engineering
Virginia Tech



Heather Evans portrait.

Heather Evans
Senior Program Analyst
Program Coordination Office
Director’s Office, National Institutes of Standards and Technology

Brandy Salmon portrait.

Brandy Salmon
Associate Vice President
Innovation and Partnerships
Virginia Tech

Rana Askhar portrait.

Rana Askhar
Associate Professor of Physics
Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics
Virginia Tech

Dan Sable portrait.

Dan Sable
Chief Executive Officer
VPT, Inc.