Exploring employers in life science and biomedical research

Here in Seattle, there’s a lot of research activity.  Experts are leading projects and students are building their research skills, experiences and networks in labs and on projects all throughout the UW and in well-known local employers like Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Center for Infectious Disease Research (formally Seattle Biomed or SBRI).

Catherine recently posted some excellent tips in starting your job search in the life sciences.

To build on that, here are relevant websites and support resources that may aid in your investigation into small, medium and large Northwest employers.

Once you find one or a bunch of employers that interest you, a natural next step is exploring the career or student section of their site.  But don’t stop there!  Consider digging through LinkedIn to find Huskies that work or intern there that you could reach out to and learn from (ever heard of an informational interview?).  Another doable next-step is exploring the employer’s social media spaces and ‘news’ section of their site.  Organizing and saving info (contacts you find, career path info, job openings) that you don’t want to lose will help big time in the overall career research process.

After that, if you’d benefit from talking to an adviser or coach about research, your interests and job search strategy, consider reaching out to the excellent Undergraduate Research Program and of course, the Career & Internship Center.

By Patrick Chidsey
Patrick Chidsey Associate Director & Career Coach Patrick Chidsey