Non-Academic Research Options
Love research, but not sure about academia? You're in luck! There are lots of options for research careers. We've outlined a few below.
There are also a number of other additional resources available for exploring non-academic career options:
content collection for Pharma research with links to many relevant articles.
List of Pharma Companies in MD
Maryland Biotech Blog
http://www.usajobs.gov/ lists all current job openings for many of these agencies. Searching for jobs using a scientific discipline like “molecular biology” will show current federal government positions which require those specific scientific skills. Application instructions are given within each job notice. However, many of these government jobs require or prefer a candidate who has experience working within the federal government or with a government contractor. So how does one go about getting experience if many entry level positions require previous experience? Applying for one of the many federal government fellowships available for PhDs is one answer. These different fellowships which most postdocs are eligible to apply for, help postdocs transition their career from the bench to working in the federal or local government.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a two year fellowship program for scientists to gain training and experience working in various offices within the FDA.