2-Day Bootcamp: Get Your First Job

The Ohio Union

May 17 – 18, 2018

Registration begins at 8:30 am and workshops on both days run from

9 am – 5 pm

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in collaboration with OUAB and the Graduate School are bringing back SciPhD for a two-day event. This bootcamp is for postdoctoral researchers and graduate students interested in transitioning to industry settings. For more information about SciPhD, you can visit their website here.

Please note: while these workshops are hosted by SciPhD, the material is easily translatable into any field.

Attending this event will count towards a certificate program that will start this fall. More information will be released soon.

Some of the workshops that will be offered as part of the bootcamp are as follows:

Day 1: May 17th. Please go to The Cartoon Room on the 3rd floor of the Ohio Union.

  • The Business of Science: Your Three Identities
    • Types of companies and jobs
    • The 24 competencies
    • Dissecting a job ad to identify critical skills
    • Developing your targeted resume
  • Successful Communications
    • Technical literacy
    • EI: learn to be a learner

Day 2: May 18th. Please go to The Great Hall Meeting Room on the ground floor of the Ohio Union.

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Applied Networking – breaking the ice
    • Initiating conversations
    • Building your network
    • Networking exercise
    • LinkedIn
  • Preparing for Interviews and the Behavioral-Based Interview Process
  • Negotiations with Your PI and Hiring Manager

Hear what postdocs who attended last year have to say about the Bootcamp!

“The SciPhD event was pivotal in my career development. It helped me to recognize the skills I have that businesses are looking for and how to leverage those skills in the application and interview process. I am now working for a company doing data analysis, and I love what I do!”

“The sessions on communications and negotiations were fascinating and demystifying. They helped turn a dreaded task like negotiation into something much more manageable and practical.”

“The SciPhD workshops made the process of applying for non-academic positions more concrete and less daunting. I learned how to plan practical steps towards a career and market myself outside of academia, which ultimately helped me secure a non-academic research position.”

“I liked that it was focused on industry, since postdocs are less familiar with industry coming from an academic institution. The presenters were friendly, helpful, and the interactive conversations with the audience were great.”

About the Speakers

Randall Ribaudo, Ph.D. President, CEO Human Workflows, LLC 

Co-founder, SciPhD.com

Human Workflows and SciPhD co-founder Dr. Randall Ribaudo has over twenty years of experience in the Scientific Research and biotechnology field and has successfully made the transition from academia to industry. Dr. Ribaudo spent more than five years at Celera Genomics as a liaison to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and academic communities, was a product manager, and led a strategic task force.  Dr. Ribaudo also has extensive experience in academic research. After receiving a Ph.D. in Immunology, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH, he became a Principal Investigator at the National Cancer Institute.  Dr. Ribaudo’s experience as an academic and industry scientist, coupled with his experience consulting with industry scientists provides unique insight to the critical skills necessary to promote success in academic and industry settings, and forms the basis for the SciPhD training programs.


Larry Petcovic

Larry started his career as a Health Physicist. He quickly recognized the importance of mastering communications and added a degree in applied behavioral sciences with continuing studies in the social neurosciences. He continues to consult as an Executive Communications Coach with Fortune 100 clients as well as startups. His experience in 360° performance coaching, behavioral based blended training, process improvement techniques, selling skills and leadership development provides an in-depth corporate understanding. Larry has served in Training and Human Resources VP positions in a variety of industries. Larry holds a BS in Chemistry, an MS from Rutgers University in Environmental Radiation Sciences, an MS from Johns Hopkins University in Applied Behavioral Sciences and additional graduate studies in Executive Development at George Washington University.