Tag Archives: Career

Best Places to Work 2010: Postdocs

Anyone looking for a life science postdoc? Novartis, Switzerland looks like a good choice 🙂

LINK: http://www.the-scientist.com/fragments/bptw/2010/postdoc/bptw-postdoc-top.jsp


Graeme @ graemefielder.com

An experiment

Recruitment of new staff can be a costly exercise.

In emerging industries built of fledgling businesses, networks are at core of how positions are filled.

Recently a local company contacted me asking if there was anyone in my network suitable to fill a biochemistry role?

Not knowing anyone who was actively looking for a new job (especially considering that many people these days are passive job seekers) I decided to post it on my facebook and see what response I would get. Three candidates in less than 3 hours. Not bad.

From these three I put forward and recommended one to the company. Following an interview they ended up hiring that person. Success for social media.


In recruitment social media is still an untapped resource in NZ whether it be Facebook, Twitter, blogging or Linkedin.

Given the current state of the job market, job seekers need to be at the top of their game. This goes beyond adding notches to the CV to being savvy, multifaceted and proactive about how you go after securing that new position. Use every tool at your disposal.

From the point of recruiters/ employers the early adoption of these new technologies has mainly been used for background checking purposes as opposed to direct marketing for openings. This is despite immediate benefits for such tasks as filling short term work contracts, filling positions for small enterprises or for aiding the initial ‘casting of the net’ for applicants.

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You don’t have any experience!

This is the bane of every fresh university graduate when on the prowl for that ever elusive first ‘real’ job.

Typically following this is the rhetorical question from the job candidate;

How can I get experience if people like you won’t give me any ?

Solution = Get ‘experience’ now!

Build your experience up while you are at university and meet those ’x’ number years of experience before you graduate. This is just another component of fast tracking your career.

  • Run a non profit organisation
  • Organise an event
  • Become a student representative
  • Work a part time job and/or gain work experience. Don’t just do any job, target one where you will actually learn useful skills e.g. project management. For premium opportunities offer your ‘services’ for free for a specified time period.
  • Start a business (then you don’t have to get a job). It doesn’t have to be the next Microsoft, just something small that you can manage.
  • Write a blog, articles for magazines.

I started writing this post before the following article came out in the NZ Herald. The UoA Career Centre Representative suggests you ‘Lower your expectations’ given the current state of the job market. I say definitely be realistic but make sure you sell yourself, use your uni experiences to make them say yes . Research the job you want ASAP, make the job requirements a checklist and start working towards achieving them.

As I was writing this post Seth Godin provided a nice extension to the above.


Graeme @ graemefielder.com

Jobs of the Week

Just wanted to flick through a couple of prime job opportunities in the biospace especially considering our current constrained market.

Business Development Manager – AgResearch LINK

Site Manager – Thermo Fisher Scientific LINK

Business Growth Manager – Bio Commerce Centre LINK


Graeme @ graemefielder.com

Chiasma: Synapse- Biotech Expo 7th August





Thursday, 7th Aug



: Eng 1.439
Engineering Building
20 Symonds St
University of Auckland

Click for map

Drinks and nibbles provided
RSVP @ www.chiasma.auckland.ac.nz

Chiasma would like to invite you to their
annual Biotech Expo – SYNAPSE 2008

This is your opportunity to get to know the diverse biotech industry in NZ alongside industry guests, faculty staff and the best and brightest science students at the University of Auckland:

  • Hear from four leading executives of prominent NZ biotech-related companies and organisations:
    Dr David Saul
    Senior Scientist, ZyGEM
    Dr Andrew Kelly
    Executive Director, BioPacific Ventures
    Michelle Lockhart
    Project Manager, Antipodean Pharmaceuticals
    Rebecca Sanders
    Business Manager, Foundation for Research, Science & Technology
  • Find out about career opportunities in the NZ Biotech industry
  • Discover alternative career paths for science graduates
  • Network with our speakers through a Q&A session and with other guests over drinks and nibbles
Don’t miss this opportunity to CONNECT with the biotech community.

For further queries,
please email the Chiasma team at chiasmateam@gmail.com

Warm Regards
The Chiasma Team