Policy, Legal & Regulatory Affairs

Develop/implement/enforce rules and regulations that govern how scientific information and technologies are generated, used, shared, and distributed

Example job titles

Executive director | Director of operations* | Manufacturing specialist | Patent/intellectual property agent/lawyer/attorney | Policy advisor/coordinator/officer/analyst/fellow | Policy/government relations | Public/government affairs officer/specialist | Technical specialist | Technology commercialization associate* | Technology licensing agent/specialist/associate* | Technology transfer agent/officer/specialist* | Regulatory/research affairs/compliance director/officer/associate | Quality control specialist

*These job titles appear in other career pathways

Additional keywords to find more information or job postings

Commercialization | Contract research organization (CRO) | Intellectual property (IP) | Quality control/assurance | Science policy | Science, technology & society (STS) | Technology transfer

Get up-to-speed & stay current

Look for the corresponding myIDP categories: Science policy | Intellectual property | Drug/device approval and production

  • Attend cBCD events related to these fields
  • Check out the MIT Science Policy Bootcamp course materials
  • Interested in the field of Science, Technology & Society (STS)? Read more about STS. Consider joining the STSGrad Google group and subscribing to their announcements.
  • Start to learn industry and regulatory terminology, acronyms, and documents
  • Get additional advice on how you can prepare for this career from scientists who have recently transitioned into a role in this field, as well as from those who have made hiring decisions.
  • For tips specific to government positions see the slides from the "Careers in Government for Biomedical Ph.D.s" event with representatives from the NIH, Dr. Patricia Labosky and Dr. Alison Hall

Build your network

  • Talk to faculty and staff on campus who participate actively in these fields. Contact the cBCD for recommendations of individuals with this expertise.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and use it strategically to expand your network.
    • Use these tips to create an effective profile that will attract desired attention.
    • Join the GSBS LinkedIn group and search for alumni connections by job titles, locations, and other keywords.
    • Once you've built your primary connections, search secondary connections for interesting new contacts.

Get training & experience

Deeper training opportunities & experiences

Gearing up for a career transition?

  • All transitions (even those that are positive, desired, and successful) involve some amount of stress. This article on "Understanding the Impact of Change" from the NIH OITE blog offers a practical approach for considering an upcoming transition and doing a brief self-assessment to navigate change effectively.

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