Industry Research Careers

What does it take to do research in industry?

If you love research but aren’t sure about a position in academia, consider research in industry!

Researcher positions in the biotech industry allow you to continue to work at the bench, but you work for a company instead of a university. These positions can be a great opportunity to continue scientific research and make a contribution to the development of new drugs for patients. What is the "biotech industry"? For a brief overview, check out this article by Paul Diehl.

Toby Freedman’s book Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development provides a great overview of the biotechnology industry and the types of positions available, including researcher positions. A shorter guide to some of the biotech positions can be found in the PhD Career Guide. For more information on all of the non-researcher jobs that surround the bench work in the biotech industry, see our Business of Science workshop series.

Check out this fantastic session by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to learn more about career options in industry research

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