Discovering Career Options in Translational Science (DICOTS) Network

Explore a New Career Path

The Discovering Career Options in Translational Science (DICOTS) Network supports PhD and postdoc students in exploring career options outside the traditional academic track.

Traditional academic jobs are available for fewer than 20% of graduate students in the sciences. That said, there are related industry career opportunities such as project management, medical writing, and regulatory affairs. Expertise in many of these fields can be found among faculty and staff at Duke.

Through workshops and presentations, DICOTS creates an environment to connect participants to advisors from Duke and the private sector across a range of professional fields. 

Professional Development Workshops (4 workshops, 1.5 hours each)

  • Resume Workshop
  • Small Talk Practice
  • Networking
  • Interviewing skills

Professional Development Panel Discussions (4 sessions, 2 hours each)

  • Project management and Duke CTSI site visit
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Medical writing / Science editing/ Communication

The DICOTS team has a goal of creating opportunities to connect participants with scientists who have transitioned to work in the private sector and the evolving research ecosystem. We encourage networking between program participants and selected advisors who can provide career counseling and advice.

DICOTS aims to facilitate career development by increasing understanding of career options in the translational medicine landscape.


Application deadline EXTENDED: October 31, 2019.  Please include:

  • CV / Resume
  • A letter describing why you want to participate in this program and the specific career focus that you are interested in pursuing.

Please send inquiries and applications to Terri Taylor at



This program is sponsored, in part, by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award, NIH Award number UL1TR001117.