UCSD Industry and Alumni Relations: Campus Recruiting Visit and Career Opportunities

Dear graduate students,

I want to share a few prestigious annual career opportunities at companies that UCSD has built a strong recruitment relationship with during the last few years.  UCSD graduate students have consistently received interviews and accepted offers with these highly-selective organizations.  With these companies and the UCSD grads within now taking time to connect with students on campus it has greatly helped to prepare and connect allowing them to stand out from the often fierce competition, affirm career paths, and effectively transition to successful and satisfying jobs.


  1. McKinsey & Co. campus recruiting presentation (all departments). RSVP required this will sell out, more details below
  2. BD – Technology Leadership Development Program (PhD students). More at https://www.bd.com/us/careers/university_relations/graduate/tldp.asp
  3. Illumina summer internship program (masters and PhDs). More at http://www.illumina.com/company/careers/illumina-careers/interns.html
  4. Pfizer, Enzymologist/biochemist scientist in their Oncology Research Unit. More below
  5. Morrison & Foerster, LLP (IP Law) – FT and summer internships available at http://www.mofocareers.com/current-openings/

Save the Date: 7th annual UCSD PhD Career Conference: May 16, 2015. Details coming soon



McKinsey & Co.


Please join McKinsey & Company to learn about our work, our people and our exciting career opportunities for APD candidates, including our 2015 summer weekend programs and our 2016 full-time opportunities for PhDs, Postdocs, non-MBA Masters students, medical students, interns, residents and fellows.


McKinsey & Company Advance Degree Presentation

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm PT

Location: Career Service Center, Horizon Room

RSVP Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UCSD15

* Snacks and refreshments will be provided*



  • Introduction to McKinsey and our work
  • Insight and full-time opportunities
  • Application process
  • Group Q&A
  • Reception with McKinsey consultants

Did you know that McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, has been hiring advanced professional degree (APD) candidates just like you for over 20 years?  Over half of our 8000 consultants in our 100+ offices worldwide hold PhD, MD, JD and non-MBA Masters degrees.


Insight Programs:

These exciting 3-day summer programs give non-MBA advanced degree students an insider’s look into management consulting, covering a range of topics important to those who are exploring alternative career possibilities.  Each program’s agenda includes an overview of management consulting, an introduction to the type of work we do, a management consulting case study, and an opportunity to network with colleagues and participate in social activities.

Online Application Deadline: April 14, 2015 (application will be available on in early March, 2015.  Check website for more details)

To learn more about eligibility, the program options, and to apply, please click on the Insight link at: http://www.mckinsey.com/careers/join_us/university_recruiting/

– Insight Healthcare: Philadelphia, PA

– Insight Engineering & Science:  Washington, DC

– Insight Asia Pacific:  Chicago, IL


Note: All programs are set to take place in June 2015.  Check website in late February 2015 for final dates.


Please contact your recruiter should you have questions:

Carlyle Holiday, Recruiter

McKinsey & Company




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Pfizer, Scientist

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals needs an experienced enzymologist/biochemist in their Oncology Research Unit


For further details and to apply with job ID 1008805, visit pfizercareers.com



  • Bachelors of Science degree with 2-5 years of experience, or Masters of Science degree with 1-2 years of experience.
  • Biochemist with experience in kinase signaling and drug discovery. Must have strong technical abilities and skilled in performing biochemical analysis and the development of automated plate-based biochemical assays. Preference for candidates with pharmaceutical/biotech drug discovery experience in evaluating small-molecule inhibitors against enzyme targets, including protein kinases.


Core Competencies:

  • Experienced in enzyme kinetics, enzyme assay development, good understanding of enzyme inhibition mechanisms and SAR for drug discovery. Preference for candidate with strong background in protein kinase drug discovery.
  • Good track record for performing multiple robust, automated assays simultaneously
  • Skilled in analysis of assay data and presenting data in written and oral reports
  • Demonstrated ability to work and contribute to project teams in a collaborative environment. Must have strong oral and written communication skills.



Insight Data Science: Application Deadline March 16th

Insight Data Science Fellows Program


Application deadline is March 16 for the sessions starting on June 1st in Silicon Valley and New York City

Top companies are hiring data scientists to help them glean insights from the terabytes of data that they collect every day. The Insight Data Science Fellows Program is a training fellowship for graduate students and postdocs designed to bridge the gap between academia and a career in data science.

Insight highlights:

7 week, full-time, postdoctoral data science training fellowship.

  • Dedicated office space, self-directed, project-based learning under the guidance of top industry data scientists.
  • 200+ Insight alumni are now data scientists at companies including Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Square, Netflix, Khan Academy, Yelp, LinkedIn, Reddit, MTV, Palantir, Dow Jones, Akamai and other top companies.

The application deadline for the June 2015 session of Insight is Monday, March 16. For more information and to apply, please visit:


If you are more interested in Data Engineering please check out our Insight Data Engineering website.

GradSquare – Helping Grad Students Pursue Industry Careers

GradSquare is a new career site where grad students can learn about industry careers and shop around for jobs (http://www.gradsquare.com/).  They have an increasing number of companies and recruiters (from materials to pharmaceuticals) around the country who are interested in their candidates.

Additionally, you may be interested in a GradSquare Radio podcast, featuring Curtis Deer (MS, Inorganic Chemistry, now a Sr. Plant Chemist at Sherwin Williams) discussing his transition from grad student to industry scientist: http://www.gradsquare.com/blog/30

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities at Stanford University

The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program and the Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program are currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows.
We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

More information can be found at:

Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program: http://smisprogram.stanford.edu/
Application Deadline: May 11, 2015

Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program: http://scitprogram.stanford.edu/
Application Deadline: July 1, 2015

SP15 Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Workshop – April 7, 2015

Spring 2015 Formatting Workshop Flyer


Q:        Do I need to R.S.V.P.?

A:        It is not necessary; we look forward to seeing you there.

Q:        Who should attend this workshop?

A:        All PhD, EdD, DMA, MA/MS (plan I/Thesis), and MFA students who are preparing to write or have already started to write their dissertation/thesis.

 Q:        Will there be another workshop offered?

A:        We have two future workshops tentatively scheduled:

  • Summer 2015- Tuesday July 8, 2015
  • Fall 2015- Tuesday October 6, 2015                              

Q:        Will there be another workshop offered this quarter?

A:        No, only one workshop per quarter is planned.

Q:        I won’t be able to attend this workshop; can I meet with you individually?

A:        This workshop is intended to be a “preview” to the preliminary appointment. Both the Preliminary Appointment and the Final Appointment are still required regardless of your attendance at this workshop.

Q:        What do you go over at this workshop?  Can I have handouts?

A:        We review the manual ( http://grad.ucsd.edu/_files/academic-affairs/Dissertations_Theses_Formatting_Manual.pdf ) and discuss common errors.  The manual is the “handout” which is only available via the link provided.

Q:        If I attended a previous workshop, can I still come to this one?

A:        Yes, we will repeat the information that we went over last time, but it may be beneficial as you may have additional questions.

Q:        If I have scheduled my preliminary appointment to be before this workshop, would it still be beneficial for me to attend?

A:        Yes, we will repeat some information that we went over during your preliminary appointment, but it may be beneficial as you may have additional questions.  You may also consider rescheduling your preliminary appointment for after this workshop.

Q:        I’m planning on defending in the summer or fall quarter, can I still attend?

A:        Yes!  The earlier you start preparing the formatting of your thesis/dissertation, the better.

Q:        I’m planning on defending in the summer or fall quarter; Can I schedule my preliminary appointment now?

A:        No, we have found that it is not beneficial for a student to see an Academic Adviser with an incomplete thesis/dissertation.  It is recommended that you have your preliminary appointment closer to your defense once your thesis/dissertation is fully written and formatted.

Q:        What are the deadlines for submitting my dissertation or thesis?

A:        All deadlines for pertaining to degrees are posted at http://grad.ucsd.edu/progress/academicdeadlines/index.html

Q:        How do I schedule my preliminary appointment?

A:        You may schedule your preliminary appointment at https://ogs-calendar.ucsd.edu/

Q:        Should I schedule my final appointment?

A:        If you know the date of your defense and you need a final appointment that is not more than 60 days in the future, you may schedule your final appointment.  You may schedule your final appointment at https://ogs-calendar.ucsd.edu/

Q:        Do you offer tech support?

A:        No, the Graduate Division does not offer tech support.  Students are expected to appropriately format their own thesis/dissertation.

Q:        Can I use a formatting service?      

A:        It is expected that students format their own thesis/dissertation.  Documents that are submitted after being looked at by a formatting service often contain many errors in need of correction.

Q:        Is there a template?

A:        The Graduate Division does not have any approved templates.  Although there are some templates that are being shared by students, no template is perfect and changes may still be required.

Q:        Can I bring my thesis or dissertation to the workshop?

A:        You are welcome to bring your thesis/dissertation if you have specific questions but the Academic Advisers will not be able to do a complete review of your document.

Q:        Can you explain the permission letters?

A:        All questions pertaining to permission letter/copyright issues will be answered in detail at the workshop.

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Good luck!

McKinsey Event Flyer

More than ever, UC San Diego is committed to the professional success of its students and alumni. The university’s Career Services Center (a unit of Alumni & Community Engagement) connects students, alumni, and scholars daily with top employers who need UCSD caliber talent to make an immediate impact on their success.


Showcased jobs

Port Triton ID Position Organization Degree sought Deadline
798257 Nanoparticle Chemist Paid Intern NanoComposix*


Chemistry, Biochemistry March 10
798255 Nanoparticle Chemist Paid Intern NanoComposix*


Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering March 10
795461 Associate Manufacturing Coordinator Pharmatek Laboratories, Inc. Chemistry, Biochemistry Feb 20
796857 Pharmaceutical Chemist I Pharmatek Laboratories, Inc. Chemistry, Biochemistry March 1
796858 Quality Control Analyst I Pharmatek Laboratories, Inc. Chemistry, Biochemistry March 1

*NanoComposix is meeting with students at the Jacobs School’s Job & Internship fair this Friday, Feb 20:  More at http://tesc.ucsd.edu/decaf/2015

Other companies recruiting physical science degrees in Port Triton: DE Shaw Research, Agilent, Assay Depot, NuSil Tech., Theranos, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), Quidel Corp., Boeing, Arcturus Therapeutics, TSRI, and Illumina, among others.

Apply now for these and other postings in your Port Triton Account at http://career.ucsd.edu


On campus

McKinsey & Company Advance Degree Presentation (for PhD/MD students and postdocs only)
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm PT
Location: Career Service Center, Horizon Room
RSVP required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UCSD15

See other campus recruiting visits in Port Triton at http://career.ucsd.edu


With successful alumni professionals 1:1, online to conduct an information interview or get that nagging career question answered.  Join UCSD’s popular Alumni Advisor Network

APDCC Networking Night at the Loft 2/24, 6-8pm

APDCC is hosting a Networking Night at the Loft tomorrow (2/24) evening from 6:00-8:00pm. This is a unique event because we have invited biotech and pharmaceutical industry leaders to attend, and we are very excited to host them. Some of the business leaders include:

Stan Jin, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer of C2 Pharmaceuticals

Michael Ritter
Chief Executive Officer of SLANTRANGE

Harper VanSteenhouse
Senior Manager of Field Marketing at Fluidigm Corporation

Victoria Cajipe

Senior Licensing Officer of the UCSD Tech Transfer Office

Herve Le Calvez

President/CEO of ABBIOTEC

Desmond O’Sullivan

Associate at Morrison and Foerster LLP

Matt Dunphy

Director of 1798 Consultants

We are looking forward to this event tomorrow, and are hoping for a great turnout. Refreshments and snacks will be served, courtesy of GSA funding, so please RSVP and join us tomorrow. Hope to see you there!



Racy Course Open Enrollment – MGT495 Financial Innovation for Economic Development

In spring quarter, Rady is offering the course MGT495 Topics in Finance: Financial Innovation for Economic Development to all graduate students on the UCSD campus and possibly other UC graduate students, who can travel to UCSD for the class sessions. The class will be taught by Glenn Yago, PhD, senior director of the Milken Institute Israel Center. More about Yago available here http://www.mifellows.org/about/staff/glen.html.

Credits: 4 units

Grade Option: Letter

The class will meet 9 AM – 2 PM (includes a 1-hour lunch break) on these dates:

  • March 30
  • April 6
  • April 13
  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • June 1

I’ve attached last year’s syllabus, which is the first time the course was offered. Course evaluation scores were:

  • Overall: 4.18/5
  • Instructor Performance: 4.55/5
  • Instructor Knowledge: 4.91/5
  • Student Knowledge gain: 4.73/5

These are impressive scores, especially for a first time offering.

If you would like to enroll in this course, please contact the MBA Graduate Coordinator, Laurie Tanjuaquio at ltanjuaquio@ucsd.edu

Kind Regards,

Laurie Tanjuaquio

MBA Graduate Coordinator

P: 858.822.4616