You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from life science majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent life science graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
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- Baxter BioPharma Solutions - Lab positions
- BioConvergence LLC - Scientist positions
- Blairex/Applied Laboratories - Chemist positions
- Boston Scientific - Microbiologist positions
- Cargill - Chemist positions
- Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation - Lab position
- Circle-Prosco, Inc. - Laboratory positions
- Cook Inc. - Lab positions
- Cook Medical - Lab positions
- Culture Systems Inc. - Lab and Production positions
- Dow AgroSciences - Chemist and Biotech positions
- Eli Lilly & Co. - Scientist positions
- Gilchrist & Soames - Chemist positions
- INVISTA - Research and Development positions
- KP Pharmaceutical Technology, Inc. - Lab positions
- Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. - Environmental positions
- Procter & Gamble - Scientific Research & Development Division
- Roche Diagnostics - Research & Development positions
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to analysis, statistics, and math. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled “careers,“ “jobs,“ “employment,“ or “opportunities."
Keywords for Job Search
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
- Research & Development (R&D)
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you're preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization's history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company's about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you're hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- What practical lab skills can you bring to this position?
- Can you work with little supervision?
- Do you mind doing nonscientific tasks as well?
- How do you ensure you pay attention to detail when working in the lab?
- What do you do first when looking at the protocol or methodology for a new experiment?
- Describe a time you had to organize lab data and how you completed this process.
- Tell me about your laboratory experience.
- What kinds of bacteria have you worked with?
- What is the most pressing negative environmental impact threatening our ecosystem?
- What is the net charge of a non-ionized atom?
- What are the cons of eating organic foods?
- What wavelengths can the human eye see?
- This is a competitive field so you can bet the employers are sifting through a lot of resumes. Make sure your resume is searchable by keyword. If an employer is looking for experience with molecular laboratory procedures, make sure the phrase “molecular laboratory procedures” is somewhere on your resume.
- Create a “lab skills” section on your resume, and be sure to list all of the skills you possess in this area. Again, they might be searching by keyword, or it might be a human scanning your resume, but either way, the lab skills need to be communicated very clearly, and near the beginning of your resume.