Make a career in research


About this video

Strategic career planning is becoming increasingly important for all researchers. Whether you have already mapped out a path for the coming years or are still contemplating options, there is support available to help you.

In this webinar recording, you will hear from two experts with very different backgrounds and experiences – Natalie Lundsteen, PhD, Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Heather Williams, Senior Product Manager for Mendeley Careers. The two share a background in research and a passion for their current work with researchers.

They discuss the importance of evaluating your options and the marketplace and explore the value of understanding yourself; what are your transferable skills, your preferences, and your personal situation?

You’ll come away with a clear understanding of why taking action should be the last step in the process – not the first – and you’ll pick up tips on how to deconstruct a job description and learn more about an organization before applying.

About the teacher

Natalie Lundsteen

Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Natalie oversees career resources and programs for biomedical science graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at an academic medical center. She has also been a career development advisor to graduate students, postdocs and alumni at MIT, Oxford University and Stanford University. She is a regular PhD career advice contributor to Inside Higher Ed’s ‘Carpe Careers’ blog, and co-author of ReSearch: A Career Guide for Scientists, published by Elsevier in June 2017.

Heather Williams

Sr. Product Manager
Mendeley Careers, Elsevier

Heather has 15 years in human-technology understanding and user experience design with Elsevier having focused on numerous disciplines across science, medicine, technology and engineering. Before that she worked in a bakery, as a research analysist at the department of defense information analysis center and as an intern at LexisNexis.