Career Facilitation Committee

Mission Statement
We support neuroscience graduate student career development by providing resources and events to help identify and pursue career goals.


Inform graduate students about various career options with online resources, networking opportunities, and invited speakers.

Build connections between GPN students and local PhD’s who are working in relevant careers.

Prepare GPN students for the next step.

  1. For academic careers: Workshops and guest speakers to help students prepare for a high-tier post-doc and start planning for entry-level faculty positions.
  2. For non-academic careers: Workshops and guest speakers to help students start translating their skill-sets and prepare for the job application/interview process.

Events in April 2018

April 5:  "How to Postdoc Good" - Tips from recent faculty hires on the postdoctoral fellow experience. The Panel will consist of Drs. Rocio Gomez-Pastor, Sarah Heilbronner, Michel-Paul Schallmo, and Gordon Smith. Panel Brains and Beers, recent faculty hires. Location: Jackson Hall room 6-135. When: Thursday, April 5th, 2018 starting at 5:00 p.m. A light dinner will be served.

April 19, 2018:  'Raise the Bar' networking event between first-year and GPN advanced students. Upper classpersons attending: Brendan Hasz, Brian Sweis, Matt Green, Caitlin Durkee, Adele DeNicola, Zoe Christenson Wick, Justin Lines, and Jen Cook, Nora McCall,.Location: Jackson Hall room 6-135. When: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

April 26, 2018:  Medical Device Industry Happy Hour.  Our plan is to invite 5-6 students to meet with 2-3 Medtronic employees off-campus for a networking happy hour. Find out what life in industry is like!

Past Events:

February 27, 2018: Data is Data: Experiences with a Career in Data Science. GPN alumnus Vivek Nagaraj, PhD will present. He is now a senior data scientist at Nonin Medical Inc.

February 9, 2018: Distinguised Research Alumnus talk: Discussion and Advice from a GPN Retreat Keynote Speaker. GPN alumnus Anusha Mishra, PhD. She is now an Assistant Professor iat Oregon Health Sciences University.


Career Resources
We have compiled a list of resources and information about a few careers that you could pursue with a PhD in neuroscience. Click on the ‘Career Resources’ tab on the left to explore!

Committee Members
Got a career you’d like to see more about? Questions about careers? Feedback? Please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Student Representatives


Alex Doyle is a third-year student interested in organizing a diverse selection of career events in order to address the heterogeneous interests of the GPN students.  She has assisted in organizing events such as “Teaching Opportunities in Graduate School” and aims to develop a way to facilitate informational interviews with persons of interest outside of Minneapolis. She is also an elected member of the GPN Student Board in which she has helped obtain funding and organized events such as “Best of Both Worlds–working in Industry AND Academia.”

Julia Gamache is a fourth year GPN student who aims to obtain a position as an academic researcher with a focus on teaching, ideally at a small liberal arts college. In pursuit of this, Julia has designed and delivered lectures as a TA for Fundamentals of Neuroscience, has taken the Teaching & Learning in Higher Education course, and plans to co-teach Neurobiology of Aging at the College of Continuing Education this upcoming summer. Within the GPN, Julia acts as a student mentor, serves on the Program Evaluation Committee, and is a member of the Career Facilitation Committee (CFC). On the CFC, she has organized events to discuss careers in science writing and academia, and aims to increase the emphasis of the CFC on writing careers. She is currently leading a project to implement a science writing program at the UMN called NeuWrite, an international network that brings creative writers and neuroscientists together to generate quality writing that conveys the complexities of science in a narratively compelling and scientifically accurate manner.

Zachary Zeidler is fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience and Neuroengineering. He is excited by science, engineering, and the application of those tools to new challenges. On the Career Facilitation Committee, Zachary has helped transition the start-up committee to a permanent fixture in the program; his efforts have refined the focus of multiple student groups to provide more robust student support.


Faculty Representative, Ex Officio
Dr. Linda McLoon is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences as well as Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and the Medical Sciences Training Program (MD/PhD).