Jobs as research scientists are what recent emigres
from academia usually spend their first few years doing in private
industry. These positions are typically very hands-on and require
relevant skills obtained during the grad student and postdoc
years. In a Catch-22 situation, prior industry experience may
be required (or very helpful) to get these jobs.
This page is heavily slanted toward the biotechnology and
pharmaceutical industries. If you work in another scientific
sector (e.g chemistry, physics, mathematics), please send any
useful industrial links that you know about to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and Advice:
Bio Online. A comprehensive
site "for information and services related to biotechnology
and pharmaceutical research, development, and manufacturing.
The site combines resources of biotechnology companies, biotechnology
centers, research and academic institutions, industry suppliers,
government agencies, and non-profit special interest groups."
Includes a corporate profiles database
that contains hundreds of companies.
BeforeYou Leap: Tips for Academics Considering Industrial Careers.
In this essay at the HMS Beagle web site (access is free but
requires registration), Chris Edwards explores the differences
between the academic and industrial workplaces and cultures.
Interesting reading for those at a fork in the career road, e.g.
academic postdocs considering the leap to industry.
the transition from Academia to Industry. Informative essay
from Women in Cell Biology.
Transition from NIH Postdoctoral Fellow to Industry. by Nicholas
Bio Online Career
Discussion Forum. Web-based discussion forum moderated by
a biotech recruiter. Ask questions about careers in the biotech
industry, including nuts and bolts queries about resumes, networking,
in the Sciences. Series of useful articles by biotech recruiter
Dave Jensen. Topics include "The biggest career hazards--and
how to avoid them," "Networking 101," "15
hot biotech jobs," and "The right answer to tough interview
Biotechnology Industry Organization
(BIO). Trade organization of the biotechnology industry.
member companies (numbers in the hundreds). This site has way
too many cookies!
the choice for your future. On-line career information booklet
from BIO. Has career descriptions of various jobs in the biotech
industry. Emphasis is on jobs requiring a bachelor's degree or
Database. Find out what different jobs pay in the biotech
industry. You can add to the database by entering your own salary
Chemical, pharmaceutical , and biotech companies on the Web.
Over 1000 companies are listed.
Job Center. Job listings for biotech companies throughout
the U.S. that belong to BIO. Usually has listings from about
40 companies at any one time.
Bio Online Employment
Listings. Positions in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
Biotech recruiter's site with job listings. Searchable. Also
on various job-related topics.
Network. The on-line job listings of Science
Available." On-line job openings from Cell.
A guest essay from a young physicist who has just embarked upon
a career in industry.
Biotech companies in the Seattle area.