Career Tools and Resources

Cultivate your neuroscience career with the help of SfN’s professional development resources and scientific training opportunities. Society members can access a wide range of resources for scientists at all career stages through Neuronline, SfN’s community for learning and discussion. To explore open neuroscience jobs or post a job opening, check out SfN’s NeuroJobs Listings.

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Career Paths »

Explore videos and articles describing a variety of neuroscience career options, both in academia and beyond the bench.

Professional Development »

Learn the professional skills that will help you advance your career, from writing a great resume to finding a mentor to creating an individual development plan.

Career Advice »

Discover advice from experts on topics including negotiating a contract, making a mid-career transition, and recovering from mistakes.

Scientific Rigor »

Find information and training resources for enhancing scientific rigor in neuroscience.

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Scientific Training and Professional Development Opportunities

SfN offers scientific training and professional development opportunities to enhance the knowledge of both early-career and seasoned researchers. These programs take place at the SfN annual meeting and outside the U.S., in collaboration with partner organizations.

Opportunities at the SfN annual meeting:

Neurobiology of Disease Workshop

SfN’s annual Neurobiology of Disease Workshop (NDW), held the Friday before the SfN annual meeting, provides students and early-career scientists with in-depth overviews of diseases of the nervous system. The daylong workshop includes slide presentations by leading experts, panel discussions, patient presentations, and small discussion groups. The workshops have been funded by a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) since 1980. Beginning in 2013, a follow-up webinar is offered several months after the course. 

Scientific Short Courses

SfN Scientific Short Courses train scientists in emerging topics and research techniques in neuroscience. The daylong courses are held each fall just before the SfN annual meeting and topics vary. Syllabus materials from past courses are available.

Responsible Conduct of Research Short Courses

In 2015, SfN introduced a new, annual half-day short course on the topic of responsible conduct of research.

Meet-the-Experts Series

Since 2005, the Meet-the-Experts Series at the SfN annual meeting has provided an opportunity for students and postdoctoral researchers to engage experienced neuroscientists in an informal dialogue on a variety of topics. Recordings of past speakers are available.

Other opportunities:

Latin American Training Program

This yearlong online program provides a unique training opportunity for young investigators from across the Latin America and Caribbean region. The course, which begins in August, consists of webinars, recorded content, and informal online discussions that incorporate cutting-edge science and professional development topics. Eligible candidates are late graduate students and early postdoctoral fellows.

Neuroscience Scholars Program

The Neuroscience Scholars Program strives to build the capacity of underrepresented graduate and postdoctoral researchers to cultivate long-term success through mentoring and networking, professional skill development, and educational programming.

FENS-SfN European Neuroscience School

SfN partners with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) to support a summer program each year in Europe. The school integrates activities from multiple educational areas for an interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience training. The 2017 summer school will take place June 18-24 in Bertinoro, Italy. Visit the FENS-SfN Summer School 2017 website for more information.

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