Job Searching in AgBiotech on the Net

C. S. Prakash prakash at
Fri Jul 9 11:19:15 EST 1999

(From ISB News Report, July 1999.

by C. S. Prakash

The job market in agricultural biotechnology has never been better.
The recent increases in federal funding for research along with
heightened corporate activity in biotechnology has led to
unprecedented career prospects in not only molecular biology
areas such as genomics, but also related fields such as
bioinformatics, public communication, regulatory affairs, and patent
law. Whether you are seeking a job in academia, government, or
industry, the Internet can be your ally. On the Web, you can locate
job advertisements, learn about the company or the university,
instantly contact the employer, and forward your resume. There are
websites devoted to careers in biotechnology with a searchable
database of jobs where you can also post your resume, subscribe
to a `job alert' notification, learn how to craft a winning resume,
network with other career seekers to share ideas and experiences,
and read helpful articles on career search strategies and interview
skills. The Internet also abounds with information for aspiring
graduate students and postdocs on fellowship opportunities across
various institutions and details on research interests of potential

Biotechnology job information can be found on various Internet
sites sponsored by scientific journals, professional societies,
federal agencies, companies, newsgroups, and of course,
dedicated career sites. In my research, I found that Science
magazine ( and the American Society of
Plant Physiology ( sites have the most job and
assistantship listings in agricultural biotechnology. Sites devoted to
biotechnology careers such as Biocareer
( or Medzilla ( are
dominated by biomedical-related jobs, but nevertheless have very
helpful articles on job hunting, resume tips, interactive advice
columns, and useful links. An insider tip to those seeking graduate
assistantships and postdocs: locate the list of scientists who have
recently received grants along with their project summary at
funding agencies including the USDA (
and NSF ( and contact the scientists directly.
You can easily obtain the email addresses of funded scientists at
their university home pages or through people search engines
such as Yahoo ( or Switchboard

Newsgroups such as Arabidopsis and Plant Tissue Culture also
post job announcements. See the January 1998 issue of the ISB
News Report for information on various newsgroups in

Below are some additional sites that are useful for job searching in
agricultural biotechnology:

Scientific Societies

Academic Positions

Scientific Journals



Biotech Career Sites


C. S. Prakash
Center for Plant Biotechnology Research
Tuskegee University
prakash at

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