Career Library

Need help navigating your industry or academic job search? Wondering where your career could go after your postdoc training?

Take advantage of the library of career books established by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association.

To check out a book, or make a request for a new book, contact Imogen Hurley (


Career Planning

“So What Are You Going to Do with That?”: Finding Careers Outside Academia
Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius

Designing Your Life
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists
Peter S. Fiske
E-book available through the UW-Madison library here

Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence
David Keirsey

The Academic Job Search Handbook
Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong
E-book available through the UW-Madison library here

The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career
John A. Goldsmith, John Komlos, and Penny Schine Gold

The Professor is In
Karen Kelsky

The Purposeful PhD: Aligning Your Career with Your Purpose, Values, and Impact
Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu

Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science
Melanie V. Sinche


Career Exploration

The Medical Science Liaison: How to Break into Your First Role: A Hiring Manager Reveals the Secrets for Success
Samuel Jacob Dyer

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development
Toby Freedman

Career Options for Biomedical Scientists
Edited by Kaaren Janssen

Guide to Non-Traditional Careers in Science: A Resource Guide for Pursuing a Non-Traditional Path
Karen Y. Kreeger

Navigating the Path to Industry: A Hiring Manager's Advice for Academics Looking for a Job in Industry
M.R. Nelson

Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower
Edited by Cynthia Robbins-Roth
E-book available through the UW-Madison library here


Academic Career Success - As a Professor

At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory
Kathy Barker

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Communication Skills

Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
Joshua Schimel
E-book available through the UW-Madison library here

How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
Paul J. Silvia


Academic Career Success - As a Postdoc

The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science: A Toolkit for Students and Postdocs
Victor A. Bloomfield and Esam E. El-Fakahany

Building a Successful Career in Scientific Research: A Guide for PhD Students and Postdocs
Phil Dee

A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science
Peter J. Feibelman
E-book available through the UW-Madison library here

What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School
Paul Gray and David E. Drew
E-book available through the UW-Madison library here

Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook
Edited by Belinda Lee Huang, Ph.D.


Leadership and Management Skills

Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists
Carl M. Cohen and Suzanne L. Cohen


Project Management

Becoming a Project Leader
Alexander Laufer, Terry Little, Jeffrey Russel, and Bruce Maas
E-book available through the UW-Madison library here



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