I work for a pharmaceutical company as a scientist. I am employed as a contractor, with no benefits, and would like to have a stable full-time position. I have started applying to scientist positions at competing pharmaceutical companies and may get some interviews in the near future. I am also planning to apply at my current company, but my question concerns interviews with competitors.
Scientist interviews usually include an hourlong presentation on one's previous work. My work is protected by a non-disclosure agreement. How can I present my work if it is confidential? My PhD work is still fresh, as I graduated less than one year ago. But I would prefer to present elements of both my PhD work and my industry work, which I think would be more relevant to the positions I have applied to.
Do I need to request permission from my manager and have them vet my slides? I did not plan on divulging that I am looking for full-time work outside our organization as my contract still has 6 months to go and I fear potential retaliation.
Instead, would discussing general research approaches that I took to solve problems be sufficient? Based on my company's public financial statements, and common industry knowledge, some general research directions of my company are well known. Would it be acceptable to discuss my discoveries without providing any detail that could be used for reverse-engineering?
I noticed that directors in pharmaceutical companies, who are privy to many important trade secrets such as business strategy, upcoming clinical trials, etc, often move between companies. So, R&D secrets are probably not very well kept anyway. Am I overthinking this?