March 2013 Networking and Social Events in the Triangle

An overview of March networking and social events: NC biotech job network, Toastmaster’s, WIB, TBT

WHAT:  Breakfast discussion with Deborah M Thompson, PhD, Science and Technology Development Program Analyst at NCBC and Creator of the NC Biotech Jobs Network
WHEN: Fri Mar 1, 9-10 am (bagels and coffee provided for first 50 attendees)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg (

Are you interested in a career in biotech? Would you prefer to stay in NC? If so, please join us in welcoming Dr. Deborah Thompson from the NC Biotechnology Center. Dr. Thompson will discuss how postdocs can reach their career goals by taking advantage of NC Biotech’s many networking and industry events, including the NC Biotech Library and Company Directory , the NC Biotech Jobs Network , the NCBC Exchange Groups , and the NCBC Exchange Group Summit on March 20. Dr. Thompson will also describe her interesting career path: she moved from academia to a government lab, then to industry, and now she works at a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to biotechnology development. She will also discuss how being a female scientist with a family factored into her career decisions.

WHAT: NC Biotech Jobs Spring Workshop: Styles, Strengths and Skills
WHEN: Weds Mar 6, 8 am-1 pm
WHERE: North Carolina Biotechnology Center, 15 TW Alexander Dr, RTP NC
COST: $15 includes continental breakfast and networking break

Join us March 6 as we help you explore your work styles, strengths, and transferable skills and see how they fit in today’s job market.
– How do your work style and strengths affect your career plans?
– What transferable skills can you carry to your next position?
– Where will the life science jobs be in 2013?

8:00-8:15 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:30 am: What is your work style?
9:30-10:30 am: What are your strengths?
10:30-10:45 am: Networking Break
10:45-11:45 am: How does your scientific expertise translate into transferable skills?
11:45 am-12:15 pm:  Where are the Biotech jobs? Presented by Don Alexander, VP of Life Sciences Development & Commercialization, Carlyle & Conlan (
12:15-1:00 pm: Open Networking

The NCBiotech Jobs Network teams with the NCBiotech Center’s Industrial Fellowship Program to present this job search strategy workshop. Questions? Contact Deborah M Thompson, PhD, Science and Technology Development Program Analyst, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, at

WHAT: Career Networking Event Celebrating the 30th Year of Toastmasters                  WHEN: Wed, Mar 6, 5:30-7:30 PM                                                                               WHERE: UNC-Chapel Hill, Health Sciences Library, Room 527.

Hosted by UNC Bell Towers Toastmasters.  Sponsored by UNC Science Policy Advocacy Group (SPAG)

GWIS members, along with members of several other scientific networking groups in the Triangle, have been invited to  network with local government and Science Policy Advocacy leaders at this event celebrating the art of public speaking. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expand your inner circle! Pizza and refreshments will be served.

WHAT: BioNC Career Fair
WHEN: Thurs Mar 7, 11 am – 4 pm
WHERE: Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham, NC

At the Bio NC Career Fair, job seekers can spend a day with HR representatives and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharma, medical device and diagnostics companies in the south east region. Candidates with a 4-year degree in the life sciences and a minimum of 2-years of industry related experience are invited to attend. Postdocs and PhD candidates are welcome. Exhibiting companies are recruiting for positions in areas such as: QA/QC, clinical research, engineering, manufacturing, biostatistics, clinical data management, chemistry, regulatory affairs, and research.

WHAT: Women in Bio (WIB) Networking Event
WHEN: Thurs Mar 7, 6-8 pm
WHERE:  Serena’s, RTP
COST: Free for WIB members; non-members $15

Join Women In Bio RTP to share ideas, fuel your passion and expand your professional network. Cocktail hour and networking with fellow and prospective WIB members.

WHAT: Triangle Biotech Tuesday                                                                                   WHEN: Tue, Mar12, 5:30-7:00pm                                                                                    WHERE: Serena’s, 5311 South Miami Blvd, Durham, NC                                               COST: $10, Cash                                                                                                            Please RSVP by Friday, March 8th at *Space limited to 100 persons.

Limited space for Postdocs. RSVP by emailing your institution representative:              Duke, Jeffrey Blackinton, PhD                                                    NC State Tara Nash, PhD                                                                 NIEHS Kymberly Gowdy, PhD                                                  UNC Vanessa Gonzalez, PhD
WHAT: NC Biotech Center Exchange Group Summit
WHEN: Weds Mar 20, 4-7 pm
WHERE: North Carolina Biotechnology Center, 15 TW Alexander Drive, RTP NC
COST: Industry $30, Postdocs & Students $10, Full & Associate Professors $20, NC Biotech Staff Members $10, Assistant Professors $10

Exchanging Ideas across the Sciences 2013 will celebrate The North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s 23 Intellectual and Regional Exchange groups and their support of scientific networking and collaboration across the state. The event will bring together individuals from the life science community for an evening of inspiration and celebration.
4 pm: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
4:15-4:45 pm:  Featured Speaker Joseph DeSimone, PhD, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry, UNC-CH
4:45-5:30 pm: Keynote Speaker Walter Schaffer, PhD, Senior Scientific Advisor for Extramural Research at NIH
5:30-5:45 pm: Q&A
6-7 pm: Reception

WHAT: NC Biotech Job Network                                                                                    WHEN: Mon, Mar 25, 12:30-2:30pm                                                                                    WHERE: North Carolina Biotechnology Center, 15 TW Alexander Drive, RTP NC

Linkedin for Job Seeker; Presenter: Joanna Wolfe

WHAT: DUPA Pub Night
WHEN: Fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm
WHERE: FullSteam Brewery, Riggsbee Ave, Durham

Hello Fellow Postdocs,
The Duke University Postdoc Association (DUPA) now sponsors a regular pub night every fourth Thursday at Fullsteam Brewery. Meet and join fellow postdocs for a good time in a relaxed atmosphere and, if you desire, trivia at 9 pm. As Fullsteam is often busy, it is hard to say where we will be exactly, but we will attempt to take over a table in the main area around the stage. Look for a small table sign saying “Duke Postdocs” on one of the long tables. DUPA will provide a limited number of drinks starting at 7:30; food trucks will be on site if you want food.
Hope to see you there!
Jeff Blackinton, DUPA Social Chair (