The Career Field Resource pages describe the more common fields that employ scientists with advanced training, with a short list of websites which will help you understand the field. Each section has:
- at least one or two articles to provide an overview of the field or career paths;
- resources specific to Berkeley (access to opportunities you can pursue while a student or postdoc);
- more general sources of information including professional associations, sites with industry news and career advice, and fellowship/job listings.
“High risk, high reward” opportunities await those who are interested in starting their own businesses. QB3-Berkeley in particular generates significant innovation that might be commercialized, and there are extensive resources to help scientists explore this option while still on campus.
- LSEC (Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center) – NEW in 2021! LSEC “is a first stop for any member of Berkeley’s community of life science innovators, from students to postdocs to faculty, curious about the path of moving from concept to company.”
- Startup@Berkeley – an extensive list of startup resources at Berkeley, including student organizations and departments on campus such as CITRIS Foundry
- BEGIN – Berkeley Gateway to Innovation’s “goal is to help students, faculty, researchers, and other innovators understand the resources available at Berkeley to support educating entrepreneurs, commercializing research, and advancing startups”
- Biotech@Berkeley – peer-led organization, for graduate students. New in 2o22 – more info coming soon!
- BPEP – Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Program aims to foster entrepreneurship “by providing both the tools and mentoring to move research into the marketplace”
- LAUNCH – run by Haas MBAs and helps “UC founders start their entrepreneurial careers”
- PostX – “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Berkeley Postdoctoral Community,” an initiative with multiple departmental collaborators
- QB3-Berkeley and QB3, UCSF Rosenman Institute – host events, list jobs and offer informative newsletters
- Skydeck – Startup accelerator. “SkyDeck is industry-agnostic and accepts applications from companies across all industries. We accept startups founded by individuals affiliated with UC Berkeley”
- As a 2022 QB3-Berkeley “Professional in Residence,” Timothy Day, PhD, CSO and co-founder, DNALite Therapeutics describes his career transitions – from Kansas to Berkeley to Mission Bay, and from Cal doctoral student to CSO in our exclusive interview!
- “Choosing a career in industry: An interview with Rachel Haurwitz” – 2022 interview with Rachel Haurwitz, PhD, President and CEO and a co-founder of Caribou Biosciences.
- Nature’s Bioentrepreneur article, “So you want to be a student entrepreneur?”
- Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, “What is different about science-based startups?”
- Bay Bridge Bio – resources and programs for Bay Area biotech entrepreneurs
- Gaebler.com – regularly updated resources on entrepreneurship for scientists
- SBIR/STTR program – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) had 11 participating government agencies as of July 2017 and provided over $2B of grants in 2016.
- NSF I-Corps – “prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization”
- California Life Sciences FAST program
- FierceBiotech – list of “Top Venture Capital Firms” for biotech
- 5amVentures – venture capital firm focused on life sciences companies
- Venturewell – aims to provide “science and technology innovators…support, training, and access to networks and resources”
- U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE partner to support start-ups in any industry