Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Biology of Aging Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

Biology of Aging Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

Graduates of the Biology of Aging discipline typically obtain a position as a postdoctoral research fellow in an academic, industrial (e.g., biotech or pharmaceutical), or government research laboratory before pursuing their first independent professional position.

Typical employment outcomes of our graduates include:

  • Research and/or teaching faculty positions at a university or medical school
  • Research scientist in a biotech or pharmaceutical company
  • Research scientist at a government or military research laboratory

Non-research-intensive career outcomes may include:

  • College-level teaching
  • Scientific publishing
  • Science policy, management and administration
  • Science journalism
  • Patent law
  • Academic administration

The field of geroscience is rapidly growing. A good employment resource is the American Society on Aging Career Advantage.

Marketable Skills

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is proud to partner with the Texas Higher Education Board in helping students develop and build on skills employers value and seek out in job candidates.

PhD in Integrated Biomedical Sciences:

1. Management of Existing Research Data & Information
Identify, evaluate, integrate and interpret large quantities of information applicable to a given problem from multiple sources including the scientific literature and relevant databases.
2. Project Development & Successful Execution
Manage a research endeavor from intellectual conceptualization to successful timely completion.

3. Analysis & Problem-Solving
Identify and define gaps in scientific knowledge; and then gather information from across the biomedical sciences to synthesize experimental approaches for testing hypotheses designed to fill those gaps. 

4. Professional Collaboration
Identify opportunities to collaborate with others to strengthen experimental strategies for achieving common goals.

5. Effective Work Habits
Work with minimum supervision toward research goals and satisfying other program requirements; develop time-management and organizational skills that allow “multi-tasking” and to meet deadlines.

6. Oral Communication
Present effectively, in various venues, complex research problems and solutions to audiences of varied levels of experience and expertise.

7. Defense of Ideas - Oral
Develop oral skills of debating ideas based on scientific facts so as to defend particular interpretations and conclusions.

8. Written Communication
Write clear concise descriptions of research problems, experimental design and results so as to effectively support interpretations and conclusions.