Discovering Career Options in Translational Science (DICOTS) Network

The DIscovering Career Options in Translational Science (DICOTS) Network supports graduate students in exploring career options outside the traditional academic track.

Traditional academic jobs are available for fewer than 20% of graduates. That said, there are related career opportunities to be found in the clinical and translational sciences, 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, presentations, and other events, DICOTS creates an environment to connect participants to advisors from Duke and the private sector across a range of fields related to clinical and translational science. 

The DICOTS program hosts its first session in October and maintains contact with participants through May of the following year. We host monthly seminars and workshops, including:

Professional development workshops (4 workshops, 1.5 hours each)

  • Resumes
  • Elevator pitches
  • Networking
  • Interviewing skills

Professional panel discussions (4 sessions, 2 hours each)

  • Project management and Duke CTSI site visit
  • Medical writing/science editing/communication
  • Regulatory affairs

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 on educational programs.

DICOTS is accepting applications for the next group of participants until September 27, 2019.

To apply, please send your CV along with a letter explaining your desire to participate in the program; please indicate your career goals, and identify your field of interest.

To apply or to volunteer as an advisor, please contact

A key objective of Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is to foster career development at all career stages and expand resources to PhD students. This award is administered by Duke CTSI, and the DICOTS Network is part of CTSI’s efforts to reach this objective.

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