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From PhD to Professor: How to Launch an Academic Career

Get ahead in your academic career: Hear from Caltech nanoscientist Prof Julia Greer on how to successfully navigate your professional journey in academia. In this one-hour virtual fireside session, we will talk about academic opportunities and challenges, as well as invaluable strategies and skills to build up your academic career.

Event Ended

1 Hour

Event start date

24 02 2023

What you’ll get

How to launch an academic career

Time & Location

24 Feb 2023, 10:30 am - 24 Feb 2023, 11:30 am

Zoom Webinar

About The Event



Academia is a career of multitasking and balance. It’s a meaningful but challenging path that involves constant effort in learning, researching, educating and publishing. But what does it take to succeed in the path towards professorship? This February, we’re joined by our guest speaker Professor Julia Greer, Professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  In this virtual fireside chat, we’ll discuss hidden opportunities, common pitfalls and challenges when launching an academic career.  


Admission is complimentary. Simply register here to receive more details on the fireside chat.


Let’s talk about:


1. Personal journey from PhD to Professor


2. Opportunities and common misconceptions surrounding careers in academia


3. The realities of being a woman in STEM: wins and woes


4. The leaky pipeline and what individuals, institutes and society can do to address it


5. Life at Caltech 😎





Professor Julia Greer is a Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics, and Medical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) with over 150 publications. Her research focuses on creating and characterizing classes of materials with multi-scale microstructural hierarchy, which combine three-dimensional (3D) architectures with nanoscale-induced material properties. 


Prof Greer was recognized as one of “100 Most Creative People” by Fast Company and was named a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (2014). Over the course of her career, she has received multiple notable awards for her work, including the title “Top-10 Breakthrough Technology”. Prof Greer currently also holds her position as Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech and serves as an Associate Editor for Nano Letters and Science Advances. In addition, she is a mentor of the EcosySTEM, a global membership network focused on mentoring STEM professionals and innovators at every stage of their career.



This program is proudly brought to you by the EcosySTEM, a community of STEM professionals in Asia.