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Dr. Daniel Charlebois

Jennifer DeLeon Assistant Professor of Biophysics
Department of Physics at the University of Alberta in Canada

"To end up in a satisfying career, you first need to know what jobs are out there, which job is right for you, and what you need to do to get it - the PCLP program can help with all three!"

What is your current job or career? How satisfied are you with it?

I am an Assistant Professor of Biophysics in the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta in Canada. My current career broadly involves research, teaching, and service to the academic community. Very satisfied – this is my dream job!

What was your involvement in PCLP?

I was a participant in the 2018 postdoc PCLP group.

Did you obtain a job within the career field  you focused on during your tenure in PCLP? If not, what important lessons did you learn from your PCLP directed career exploration?

No, as I focused on industry jobs for the PCLP program. This exploration of industry jobs was extremely useful to me as I realized that I was best suited for a tenure-track faculty position.

Have you used any of the skills or knowledge you gained through PCLP in your job search or in your job?

Yes, the PCLP program helped me to improve my CV and develop a resume for various applications.

Reflecting on the program, what part of PCLP proved to be the most useful?

Perhaps the most helpful part of the PCLP program was going through it with a cohort of fellow postdocs, as that allowed me to learn about many different career options, discuss experiences and bounce ideas off others at the same career stage, and expand my professional network.

How else has being involved with PCLP affected your career or career interests?

The knowledge that I gained by participating in PCLP has been helpful in mentoring students and postdocs for the next stages of their careers.

What advice would you give to current or future PCLP members?

To end up in a satisfying career, you first need to know what jobs are out there, which job is right for you, and what you need to do to get it - the PCLP program can help with all three!