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The Medial Science Liaison (MSL) role

Like many of you scientists, I like exploring new pathways, learning about new subset of cells that intricately work with other cells, and most of all I like to read and discuss the new cool science with my fellow scientists. When I was a postdoc, however, the latter – reading and talking about the science – was overwhelmed by doing the day-to-day experiments, finding money and working by yourself for hours on end behind a FACS machine in a dark place and feeling quite lonely (and bored). So that fun part of “doing” science was quickly eroding for me.

I then moved into a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) in the pharmaceutical industry. A role that ticked all the boxes for me on the science menu that I missed during my postdoc. A role with fierce competition that requires diligent preparation.

As an MSL you are the scientific and clinical disease and drug expert within the medical (affairs) department of a pharmaceutical or biotech company. You are the person within the company that anyone will go to first to get answers on complex questions. This could be about how the drug is designed; which pathway it targets; how the drug works – the mode of action (MOA); questions about the disease and the patient profiles; how to prevent or treat an adverse event or questions about clinical trials from your own (and the competitor) company. This requires you to keep-up-to-date on the latest literature so you will need to read quite some (clinical) papers.…

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Stranded abroad- extension session!


Exiting the ivory tower: what it takes to transition from academia into the private sector

January 15th, 20:00-21:30 (CET)

We´ll have a fireside chat with the chemist, Dr. Jochen Bergmann, Sales Director at Solvias.
Jochen is a trained food chemist and has worked at the bench, analyzing
everything from foodstuff to dietary supplements to raw materials and
finished drug products. In 2014, he changed from the lab coat to a nice
suit and focuses on creating and fostering good business relationships
in a Business-to-Business environment. You can check his LinkedIn profile.

We´ll discuss how to transition to industry. To give you an idea of the questions we can discuss:

  • What areas can I start in and how can I develop a career?
  • What do I bring to the table as a freshly minted graduate?
  • How do I look for the dream job?

In order to join, please register here for our zoom meeting (max. 100 participants).

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Stranded abroad

Stranded? Yes 🙁 But, alone? No! 🙂                 

… NaturalScience.Careers offers a free Christmas programme for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Join us!

*All times given below are Berlin, Amsterdam time.

24th of December


20.30 – 22.30   Glühwein & folk tales from home 

This session is all about relaxing and sharing stories! Dig out one of these good old stories your grandparents used to tell you and share it with all of us. Have a glühwein, or …even better drink a warm winter-holiday drink from home. You’ll leave this session tipsy J  

To register for this session, click here (max. 100 participants)



25th of December


10.00 – 11.15   Who is the best barrista?

This humorous session is all about your coffee! We will start with a short introduction into different convincing structures. In small groups, you’ll convince the others –with a coffee in your hand– that you’re the best barista!

To register for this session, click here (max. 100 participants)


12.00 – 13.30   Networking in corona times

How to network in corona times? Which challenges do you face and what are the advantages of networking in a virtual world?  

To register for this session, click here (max. 100 participants)


15.00 – 16.30   That’s what I call culture shock!

In this session we talk about culture shock and share our experiences from going/ being abroad.

To register for this session, click here (max. 100 participants)


20.00 – 22.00 Let’s discuss what we as scientists and universities (can) do for a better climate!

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I quit my PhD! What now?

This article was originally published in Nachrichten aus der Chemie (02-2020)

In a seminar for doctoral students, we look at strong and weak parts of a CV. After we discussed how we can put the many highlights of Elizabeta’s career into the best light, Gregor starts to grumble: „I think I have the exact opposite of all these brilliant experiences.“ Twelve pairs of eyes turn on him. Their owners can’t wait to learn what has disgraced his past so much. „Aborted doctorate,“ he adds. „Do I just leave a gap there and hope that nobody notices? Or do I write bluntly: Professional loser who didn´t get along with his supervisor?” Uncertain giggles mix with nodding. Nobody envies him for having to place something like that in his resume.


Make an unpleasant decision in a messy situation – a highly relevant skill

for an industry job.

The same Gregor had caused a hearty laugh just half an hour earlier. We talked about the difference between university and industry. He had leaned back, stroked his beard and let us know:
“The most important thing for me is the timeline. In industry everything is determined by tight project management. At university time is measured in, let’s say, geological
dimensions. Projects are running until death separates you.“
Most industrial employers are happy with their doctoral employees. If there are problems, the complaints are always the same: The scientific qualifications are rarely lacking. Rather, companies criticise the lack of adaptability to the new culture in industry and the different way of working.…

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