PhD/Master's program

Developing leadership skills for advanced graduates

The BD Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP) is our program for graduates with an advanced degree.

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Program overview


The TLDP consists of three successively more challenging assignments that can span multiple businesses and/or locations within BD, strengthening the skills of these high-potential associates while developing their leadership skills across multiple disciplines.

A career path is sculpted for each TLDP candidate based on the individual's skills and interests. This allows greater flexibility and accelerated development within BD.

Program features


  • Custom-designed rotational assignments guided by participants' input, resulting in a fluid, flexible and dynamic career development experience
  • Assignments focused on developing each participant's domain expertise, leadership abilities, cross-functional skills and business acumen
  • Rotations that may span multiple locations and BD businesses within key research and development facilities such as Franklin Lakes, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland; Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; San Diego, California; San Jose, California; and Sandy, Utah
  • Assignments that each build on the last, with increasing technical complexity and leadership responsibilities
  • Potential for career growth in technology-based roles earned by quickly learning the business, and exhibiting quality leadership and strong technical skills

Examples of first assignments


  • Designing and developing product components in drug delivery systems or high-tech diagnostic devices
  • Contributing to the development of a novel materials technology enabling the invention of new medical devices or therapies
  • Participating in the development of new technologies that enable better and faster disease diagnosis

Program qualifications


  • A PhD, MD or MS with a research-based thesis, with appropriate technical depth in life sciences or engineering fields such as mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, biochemistry and cell biology
  • Academic and research distinction
  • Experience in or demonstrated interest towards the medical technologies, healthcare or life sciences industries
  • Demonstrated leadership