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Careers in Translational and Clinical Pharmacology Site Visits

May 18, 2016

Careers in Translational and Clinical Pharmacology Site Visits

Site Visit 

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2016.


The TCP Executive Committee invites you to apply for funding for one day site visits to either a Janssen or USDA facility that will enable you to explore diverse post-doctoral and early career scientist opportunities, and be more prepared when you are invited to interview for such positions.  TCP recognizes that you may be interested in diverse scientific careers; however, there may be limited opportunities to visit sites to learn more about the environment in academia, government and industry by experiencing it in person.


The pilot program will select 2-3 candidates for a one day visit at either site during the summer of 2016.  Expenses incurred for air/ground transportation and one nights' lodging will be reimbursed. Reimbursement of up to $750 in travel expenses requires valid receipts, must be in accordance with ASPET policies, and current ASPET membership is required. Eligible expenses will be reimbursed after the site visit.

How to Apply

In order to apply, please submit the following:

  • Indicate the specific site you are interested in visiting (see descriptions below)
  • A paragraph explaining your interests & goals of your visit to the site you selected
  • A copy of your current CV demonstrating that you are a graduate student or a post-doctoral fellow (or equivalent) within 2 years of obtaining your PhD.
  • If selected, you will need to submit permission from a major professor or post-doc advisor to attend the site visit

All applications should be submitted as a single PDF to both Pam Hornby and Ben Green by e-mail.

Important Dates

  • May 31, 2016: Application deadline
  • June 15, 2016: Notification of applicant selections
  • July – August 2016: Site visits.

Site Details 


Janssen is the Pharmaceutical sector of Johnson & Johnson family of companies that specializes in the discovery and development of therapeutic molecules. Within the areas of specialization at Janssen, there are many diverse career paths globally.

This site visit will be at Janssen's site in Spring House, PA located about 50 mins northwest of Philadelphia airport.  The Spring House campus has scientists who work in 3 of 5 therapeutic areas - Oncology, Immunology and CV & Metabolism – and are developing both bio therapeutics and small molecules as treatments. This visit will illustrate the expectations typical for an entry level Research Scientist position, i.e. PhD plus some post-doc training.

A site visit will involve 2-3 of the following activities, pending the interests of the selected candidates: 1) shadowing a 'typical' day's work for a bench-associated scientist; 2) touring facilities with an opportunity to observe lab technologies, e.g. high throughput screening, high content analysis, surface plasmon residence; 3) observing a project review or target proposal discussion to illustrate championing a potential therapeutic target; 4) interviewing scientists who have non-bench-related careers, for example, in regulatory and medical writing departments.  

The outcome of this Janssen R&D site visit will be to expose the trainees (graduate and post-doctoral) to the type of research performed and diversity of PhD careers within R&D.


ARS is the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) which is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief in-house research agency. It is one of the four component agencies of the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. ARS has a workforce of approximately 6,000 employees including 2,100 scientists and post-docs representing a wide range of disciplines. ARS has 800 research projects working at 90+ locations, including overseas labs. Our research is organized into National Programs of which there are approximately 750 individual research projects carried out by ARS Scientists.

This site visit will be at the Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory (PPRL) located in Logan, Utah about two hours from the airport in Salt Lake City. The PPRL has the mission to investigate poisonous plants and their toxins, determine how the plants poison animals, develop diagnostic and prognostic procedures, identify the conditions under which poisoning occurs, and develop management strategies and treatments for ranchers to reduce livestock losses.

A site visit at the PPRL will highlight post-doctoral research opportunities termed research associate positions in ARS, how ARS works, and how to apply for jobs with ARS. It will also expose the trainees to the position expectations of a scientist in the agency and how ARS scientific careers evolve.

Last updated: May 17, 2016 

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