Career & Professional Development
The SBP Office of Education, Training, & International Services provides students and postdocs with innovative, interactive and practical workshops and events to enhance their education and research training. The goal is to ensure that SBP students and postdocs are equipped with the information and skills they need to confidently make professional decisions as they transition to the next step of their training or career.
As an SBP graduate student or postdoc, you have the opportunity to attend workshops and events developed to enhance your education and training, as well as prepare you to successfully transition to the next stage in your career. In partnership with the SBP Science Network and ConneX, the Office of Education, Training & International Services designs an annual program plan to cover an array of scientific career and professional development topics. Below is an example of the wealth of opportunities available for you as a graduate student or postdoc at SBP.
SBP Leadership Development Program
Although many leadership courses provide participants with skills that apply in various career paths,personal style preferences can affect the way individuals approach problems and interact with team members, which impacts their leadership effectiveness. SBP has developed a six module 12-month program that gives advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at SBP, The Scripps Research Institute, Salk Institute and University of California San Diego insight into how their innate preferences and associated behaviors can affect their leadership styles, impact their teams, and ultimately affect their career satisfaction and success.
SBP Science Network (SBP-SN)
The SBP Science Network (SBP-SN) is the association of postdoctoral scientists and graduate students at SBP that fosters social and scientific networking among young researchers at SBP and other institutes on the Torrey Pines Research Mesa and nationwide. SBP-SN and its affiliate ConneX are integral components of the SBP education and training experience.
Throughout the year the SBP Science Network (SBP-SN) hosts social and scientific events to facilitate networking among young scientists within SBP and with scientists at other institutes and organizations. SBP-SNs efforts include the annual Postdoc Symposium, annual SBP Career Day, Outstanding Scientist seminars, Institute Happy Hours and Vendor Shows, Off-Site Social Events and Trips. In addition, SBP-SN partners with the Office of Education, Training, & International Services to co-sponsor professional development workshops.
Fostering the next generation of scientists
The Fishman Fund Awards provides funding for exceptional postdoctoral researchers in a competitive application process. To nurture the careers of future research trailblazers, SBP introduced the Fishman Fund Awards in honor of the Institute's founders, Dr. William and Lillian Fishman.
In 2001, the Fishman Fund was established by SBP supporters Mary Bradley and Reena Horowitz, to honor the Fishmans. In 2010, Jeanne Jones became the co-founder designee.
Postdoctoral students can apply for the Fishman Fund Fellowship, a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship, and Fishman Fund Career Development Awards.
Interested in joining the SBP team? Take a look at our current postdoctoral training opportunities. You may also read in the blog posts below about the experiences and successes of some SBP postdocs to get a better idea of what the Institute has to offer.