As I wrapped up a Biochemistry Ph.D. studying mycobacterial cell wall assembly, I became increasingly interested in jobs within the biotech industry. Looking at available positions, I was unsure how to get my foot in the door, considering I had no prior industry experience. By attending networking events within my graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I made contacts with several Promega R&D scientists that directed me to postdoctoral openings in the Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). As I learned more about the program, I realized the unique opportunities that ATG presented as a launching platform for a career in industry. ATG inhabits research space that is exploratory in nature, but adapted to the focused, fast-pace of a corporation, creating an environment that feels like a hybrid of academia and industry. I was impressed by the repertoire of bioluminescence-based technologies that have emerged from ATG, but also drawn in by the emphasis on publication and collaboration within the postdoctoral program.
In my first year at Promega, my experiences as a postdoctoral researcher have been extremely positive. I have gained expertise in protein engineering, learning to use cutting-edge instrumentation that includes automation and robotics. Additionally, regular meetings and presentations have pushed me to continue to develop communications skills. The independence I’ve been given to drive my project has allowed me to cultivate new confidence and competencies as a scientist. In my remaining time at Promega, I plan to publish my postdoctoral work and present at an international conference. I am confident that the postdoctoral program at Promega has prepared me exceptionally well for a future career as a research scientist in the biotech industry.