There were seven speakers showing how versitile one is as a molecular biologist!
The day started off with a presentation by Kjersti Mezeth titled «My road from MBI to Statoil». She gave us an inspiring insight into how one might benefit from thinking outside of the molecular-biology-box when searching for jobs, and reminding us that we´re more than just molecular biologists! Bottom line, don´t think you´re not qualified for a job just bcause it doesn´t say molecular biologist in the job discription!
–> A tip on getting a foot in at Statoil: http://www.statoil.com/no/Careers/JobOpportunities/VacantPositions/Pages/1692543389.aspx
After Kjersti, Randi Hovland from the Centre of Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Haukeland, showed us how molecular biology is used when trying to deduce the reason for different illnesses, both in treatment and research on these diseases. This is molecular biology in action and can really help putting what we learn in lectures into perspective.
MBI´s «own» Håvard Foyn talked about life as a PhD-student, and also gave information on how the PhD-«system» works, covering work hours, salary, the difference in 3- and 4- year scholarships, and the possibility to go abroad to work with collaborators. It was a «demystification» of the PhD-life, and a well-presented one at that!
Nina Vadøy from the County Governor of Hordaland represented the possibility of using your masters degree from MBI to more than lab-work! She talked about her days working in the Environment and Pollution department at the County Governor, and also spoke about which tasks and roles the County Governor and Environment and Pollution department have.
Sadly Bjørn Olav Kvamme from the Institute of Marine Research was unable to come, but Snorre Eikeland from Hausken Fertility Centre managed to fill the time with an inspiring and interesting talk on IVF and his days as a molecular biologist at the clinic. He spiced up the presentation with time-lapse videos of cell division, and the extra time just flew by! Hausken Fertility Centre are setting up shop in Bergen, at Flesland, in 2013, and although they won´t be hiring in the begining, it´s well worth keeing an eye out for possible job openings.
Anja K. Østre represented a field researching molecular biologists can´t be without, namely the suppliers og lab equipment, be it pipettes or huge centrifuges. Anja started working in VWR in June 2012, very shortly after finishing her MSc in Medical Cell Biology. She spoke about what she´s done so far at VWR, and also gave us some tips when applying for your first job.
Ståle Ellingsten was our last speaker, and told us about his days working as a researcher at NIFES, the National Institute for Nutrition and Seafood Research. Here he works with a project on toxicity using zebra fish as a model organism. Job oppertunities at NIFES could include working as a lab technician, researcher, a PhD- student, or completing a postdoc.
Throughout the day there was served coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit, cakes, with baguettes for lunch. This was all generously sponsored by the Department of Molecular Biology, UiB. A record number of participants of 85 attending shows that there clearly is a need for days like these, and we in Heliks hope you found the day as inspiring and interesting as we did!