Research in Industry
Conduct scientific research or lead a research program in an industrial laboratory
Example job titles
Chief scientific officer (CSO)* | Chief technical officer (CTO)* | Consulting scientist/engineer* | Data analyst/scientist* | Discovery researcher | Division/research program director/manager* | Preclinical researcher | Postdoctoral fellow/associate* | Scientist* | Senior research associate | Senior/process scientist
*These job titles appear in other career pathways
Additional keywords to find more information or job postings
Assay developmentBiotechnology | Contract research organization | Discovery/preclinical research | Drug Development | Externalized research & development | Medical Devices | Pharmaceutical | Process development
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Look for the corresponding myIDP category: Research in Industry
Build your network
- Attend scientific conferences. Large conferences tend to attract industry scientists; seek out their talks and posters and/or attend industry networking/social events and vendor fairs at the meeting.
- Attend events with local industry scientists, such as those hosted by organizations like MassBio, MASS AWIS, WEST, M2D2, etc.
- Apply for Stay in MA funding to attend events of technology and business organizations in the region to further your professional development
- Ask your research advisor and colleagues if they can connect you with someone they know in industry.
- Attend a company site visit organized by the Industry Exploration (IndEx) program at UMMS.
- Create a LinkedIn profile and use it strategically to expand your network.
- Use these tips to create an effective profile that will attract the attention of recruiters.
- Join the GSBS LinkedIn group and search for alumni connections by job titles, locations, and other keywords.
- Once you've built your primary connections, search secondary connections for interesting new contacts.
Get training & experience
- Demostrate success in your research; e.g. apply for a predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship, attend and present your work at national conferences, etc.
- Consider how you can build a record of working on projects in collaborative, cross-functional teams within your current research experience.
- Take a leadership role by supervising others in the lab. Mentor a student in your research group, applying best practices in leadership and management (see HHMI leadership resources and the leadership skills section of our library collection).
- Hone your presentation skills. Industry leaders value scientists who can quickly learn about a new research area, identify next strategic steps in that field, and pitch this in a brief oral presentation.
Deeper training opportunities & experiences
- Use your network to find out about local shadowing or internship opportunities.
- Search for in-depth training opportunities offered through research institutes and professional societies, such as the Keck Graduate Institute Summer Intensive Program in bioscience management for advanced graduate students & postdocs.
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