Industry Research Careers

Part of the Every Month Series for career exploration

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 page.

Upcoming Events


Every Month Series: Navigating the Application to Your Career in Industry (Parnassus)

Date: January 22, 2020
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Having a Career Conversation with Your Research Mentor (Mission Bay)

Date: January 24, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Networking at a Mixer (Parnassus)

Date: January 28, 2020
Time: 12-1pm