Scientific Research & Development

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Spring 2023 Events

Check back soon for more spring events in this Career Community.

Feb 02

Equity & Inclusion Career & Internship Fair

February 2, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Feb 13

Career Fair Prep Night

February 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Feb 15

Spring Career & Internship Fair – Day 1

February 15, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Feb 16

Spring Career & Internship Fair – Day 2

February 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apr 03

Virtual Fall Career & Internship Fair

April 3, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jobs & Internships on Handshake

Here’s a preview of just a few positions currently available on Handshake. Note that the date shown is not the application due date, but is the date the position was posted!

Explore Career Paths

You may be working in a lab, individually or part of a team. You might be out in the field or in an office setting utilizing analytical and critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. Your work could span any number of paths that include positions in: scientific research & development; biotechnology; bioinformatics;  research related to behavioral sciences, biological, chemical, physics, pharmaceutical, environmental, or patents;  forensic science, and scientific consulting.

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Looking for more? Check out more resources to explore.

You may be working in a lab, individually or as a part of a team. You might be out in the field or in an office setting utilizing analytical, critical thinking, and complex problem solving skills. Your work could span any number of paths that include positions in: scientific research & development; biotechnology; bioinformatics; research related to behavioral sciences, biological, chemical, physics, pharmaceutical, environmental, or patents; forensic science, and scientific consulting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific Research & Development

“Science and medical writers translate technical medical and scientific information so it can be disseminated to the general public and professionals in the field. Science and medical writers research, interpret, write, and edit scientific and medical information. Their work often appears in books, technical studies and reports, magazine and trade journal articles, newspapers, company newsletters, and on websites, and may be used for radio and television broadcasts. Science and medical writers may also be known as science and medical authors or medical and science communicators.” – Vault

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science & Medical Writers

Pharmacists are medication experts who enhance patient care and promote wellness. They ensure medicines and doses are correct, prevent harmful drug interactions, counsel patients on the safe and appropriate use of their medications, and prepare and dispense prescriptions. As a pharmacist, you will have unique and specialized expertise about the composition of medicines, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties, as well as their manufacture and use. You may prepare personalized medications, participate in patient rounds at the hospital, reduce the spread of infections, conduct research or clinical trials for a biopharmaceutical company, or focus on a specific patient population or disease state (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, asthma, HIV, and pain management).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scientific Research & Development FAQ

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Do all positions in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company start out working in a research lab?

Not all positions. You may find that while you enjoy research, you would rather be in a different work environment. Perhaps you would like to have more contact with people, but are unsure how your scientific knowledge would still be valued? Check out positions related to client services, technical writer, business analyst, and biotechnology sales to name a few. All different skill sets and personality types are needed, in addition to having a scientific background.

Do I need to go to graduate school first to get a full-time job working in research?

No! There are multiple paths to working in a research setting without a master’s degree or Ph.D. Starting out, if you already have extensive research experience as an undergraduate, you may find opportunities to continue on as a research assistant, depending on lab funding. Or, universities may have entry-level research assistant positions to apply to, especially within a school of medicine/health sciences. 

Clinical research coordinator/lab manager roles are also another possibility to use coordinating and organizational skills to assist in the research process and help run the logistics of a lab, especially one with human participants.  

Within industry, there are plenty of opportunities to start out as a lab technician, an associate research scientist role, or quality control or quality assurance specialist related roles, for example.

Is my science major a waste if I don’t use my research skills and knowledge in a career?

The truth is you develop several transferable skills like problem solving, analysis, critical thinking etc. No matter what type of science you major in, having a scientific background can compliment a related career in communications, business development, regulatory affairs, consulting, policy, informatics, and much more.

Graduate School

If I want to work in scientific research, do I need to go to graduate school or receive further training or certification? If yes, what is the right program(s) for me? Does it make sense to do a Ph.D. or a professional master’s program? Talk to your career & internship specialist, your academic advisor, and faculty members to learn more and to find out about different programs, here are a few resources to get you started:

The Top PhD Resource on the WebScience Magazine listingGradschools.comMS in Biotechnology, UW-Madison SMPH

Check-out Hello PhD Podcast to learn more about managing graduate school and tips for navigating post-graduation career steps.

For our complete guide, view our non-credit Canvas module – Graduate School & Gap Year.

More Resources to Explore

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Build Your Experience & Skills

Search for Internships, Volunteer, Part-time/Full-time jobs.

Explore position requirements and qualifications to find out what skills and experiences you need for jobs of interest.

Handshake: Find opportunities specifically for UW students and recent grads.

Indeed Research: A job search site listing positions at the local and national level.

LinkedIn: part-time and full-time opportunities local and international.

Idealist.org: Non-profit jobs and internships.

Glassdoor: Search by job title or company.

Wisc.jobs: Find jobs in the State of Wisconsin.

BioFoward Wisconsin: See Resources and Career Center.

BioSpace: Search for jobs, news, career advice and other related resources.

c&en Jobs: jobs board for American Chemical Society.

Zintellect: Government and private sector internships, jobs, fellowships and scholarships.

Kelly Science & Clinical – a staffing agency dedicated to scientific & clinical talent for North America

ApexAerotekSpherion – search by location and seek job search help from staffing agencies.

University Research Park Company Profiles – search individual company sites for jobs.

How do I find research opportunities on campus?

Research Opportunities – Wisconsin Discovery Portal

Research Opportunities – Undergraduate Research Scholars

Research Opportunities – Additional Opportunities

Types of Undergraduate Research

Finding a Mentor – WISCIENCE BioCommons

Campus Resources

Types of Undergraduate Research – learn the different ways to get experience.

UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Programs – campus introduction.

UW-Madison Student Job Center – search for Science-Tech-Eng-Math positions.

International Internship Program – do research and go aboard.

Wisconsin Discovery Portal – search for specific faculty across campus.

Waisman Center – human development, developmental disabilities, neurodegenerative diseases.

National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates. (REU)

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) – search departments across UW-Madison.

Technical & Professional Development Skills

Promega Student Resource Center

For when your PI asks you to try something new. Or your mentee is having trouble figuring it out. Or you’re just trying to get a job. The Student Resource Center is exactly what you’re looking for. Explore Promega’s collection of resources related to common cellular and molecular biology techniques, as well as our guide to navigating the early stages of your career.

Professional Groups & Orgs