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Career Development Committee

 The mission of the Career Development Committee (CDC) is to promote and develop career assistance for ABRF members through job fairs, counseling, workshops and a mentoring program.

ABRF Mentoring Program:  The ABRF has initiated a new, exciting partnership with the National Research Mentorship Network (NRMN), a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide researchers across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. The NRMN is an NIH-funded organization that emphasizes the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly within the professional research community.

What's next for the Mentoring Program

Following a successful Satellite Workshop at the 2018 annual meeting (click here for more information), the CDC worked with NRMN to develop an ABRF-specific mentoring track.  This track employs the new online MyMentor platform hosted by Chronus that caters to ABRF members and offers unique features for professional development. ABRF members who enter their profile in the platform are matched into a mentor/mentee relationship, given prompts and materials to grow their relationship, and can request feedback in areas that need enhancement. The program launched in September, 2018, and recently completed its second cohort of mentor-mentee relationships. To visit the MyMentor site, click here.

Following another successful Satellite Workshop at the 2019 annual meeting (click here for more information), the CDC is preparing to launch its third cohort of mentor-mentee relationships on May 1, 2019.

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Core-Specific Job Families

Many U.S. Institutions have created job families specifically for directors, managers and staff working in core facilities. The rationale for specific job families is that these positions require advanced training and expertise in research technologies, above average interpersonal skills, business acumen and training, and are typically not soft-money positions. These job families have names like core scientist, core technician, core staff scientist, core research assistant, or core facility research professional. The following institutions have provided information with core-specific job families. If you would like to add your institution to the list, please send your information in a .pdf file to Phil Hockberger

    - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    - University of Iowa (1,668K)
    - University of Kansas Medical Center (457K)
    - UCSF Gladstone Institute (33K)
    - Moffitt Cancer Center (12K)
    - Jackson Laboratories (86K)

    - Northwestern University (24K)

   - University of Pennsylvania (172K)



1. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management announces the 5th Annual “Leadership and Management in Core Facilities” course on November 12-15, 2018, in Chicago. Tuition: $5000 (Travel Awards available). The course focuses on how to meet the unique challenges of operating a core facility in a university or non-profit setting.
         * Running a core facility successfully requires both a strong set of business management skills and deep insights into the nuances of leadership in a university setting. This four-day executive learning experience focuses specifically on helping you enhance your business and management skills and developing the leadership capacity to run your operation more effectively.
         * In this hands-on program, you’ll expand your knowledge and learn new approaches to leadership as you practice applying them to a challenge in your own organization. You’ll develop a team orientation that will enable you to engage your teams more effectively. You’ll leave this program with a deep understanding of your individual strengths and how to leverage them to meet difficult challenges and seize new opportunities.

To learn more about the course and see who has previously taken the course, click here.
For additional information, contact Phil Hockberger ( or visit

2. Stowers Institute will be home to the first open registration EMBO "Laboratory Leadership for Group Leaders" course in North America, April 9-12, 2019.  Registration fee: $3200  (covers training and all course material, as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks. Accommodations are not included.)
EMBO usually offers this course in Heidelberg, Germany, but beginning in 2019 group leaders from around the world will convene at the Stowers Institute to receive world-class EMBO leadership training.  EMBO, in partnership with consultancy teams, has designed this training specifically to meet the needs of researchers and others in academia. The course is intended for Group Leaders and is also open to Postdoctoral Associates who have secured faculty positions and are transitioning to independence.  Spanning 4 days, this course introduces key, yet simple, leadership concepts and provides hands-on experience in the form of role-play and discussion groups.
For more information, contact Karen Staehling ( or Michelle Lewallen ( or visit


As an ABRF member, you can use the FASEB Career resources: 
    - View Document 

ABRF Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts
    - View Document 

 ABRF Response to NAS Letter on "Next Generation of Researchers Initiative" (Sept. 6, 2017)

  - View Document

 NAS recommendations for biomedical workforce (2018)

  - View Document

Committee Membership

Luellen Fletcher - U. Penn (Chair)
Heather Brewer - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Anitha Chennat - U. Michigan Medical School
Nancy Fisher - U. North Carolina (EB Liaison)
Phil Hockberger - Northwestern U.
Cassandravictoria Innocent - Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Laura Lewis-Tuffin - Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
Deb McMillen - Oregon Health & Science U. (retired)
Sheenah Mische - NYU Langone School of Medicine
Claudius Mundoma - Florida State U.
Jianjun (J-J) Shen - MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sherry Thorton - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Membership History

Jim G. Farmar ~ Merck ~ Member: 03/10 - 03/12
Gabriela Grigorean ~ ThermoFisher  ~ Chair: 03/10 - 05/15
Jack Simpson ~ US Pharmacopeia  ~ Ad hoc: 03/10 - 05/15
Paula B Turpen ~ University of Nebraska Medical Center  ~ Member & EB Liaison: 05/13 - 03/17
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