Transitioning from industry to academia

Genentech npiJzO
Nov 12 6 Comments

Has anyone here made a move from industry to doing research at universities? What was the transition like? Any advice for people exploring the transition?

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  • Infosys BRY47
    Prepare to live on a much smaller budget than youโ€™re used to.
    Nov 12 1
    • Uber โŒ˜
      indeed, a MUCH smaller budget
      Nov 12
  • Genentech scigrrl
    Whatโ€™s your current position in industry?
    Dec 5 1
    • Genentech scigrrl
      Roughly - scientist, researcher, manager?
      Dec 5
  • Terumo BCT ceWe84
    Plan for a significant pay cut
    Nov 16 0
  • Why would you do that? Unless you are getting to start your own lab in a top 5 university or genuinely enjoy teaching, Genentech is any day better. 90% of academic researchers work on useless stuff and are always stretched for funding. Then you will have to deal with politics of academia while getting paid half of what your peers in industry will making.

    Perhaps you are fresh PhD and are having difficulty settling into the industry. But that can get better over time. Talk to your manager and their manager and explain your frustrations. Ask them to find you mentors within the organization.
    Nov 14 0

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