2017 Biochemists and Biophysicists
Median Pay: US$82,150
Entry Level: Doctoral or professional degree
Summary
Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes, such as cell development, growth, heredity, and disease.
Duties

Biochemists and biophysicists typically do the following:

  • Plan and conduct complex projects in basic and applied research
  • Manage laboratory teams and monitor the quality of their work
  • Isolate, analyze, and synthesize proteins, fats, DNA, and other molecules
  • Research the effects of substances such as drugs, hormones, and nutrients on tissues and biological processes
  • Keep up with current knowledge by reviewing the findings of other researchers and by attending conferences
  • Prepare technical reports, research papers, and recommendations based on their research findings
  • Present research findings to scientists, engineers, and other colleagues

Biochemists and biophysicists use advanced technologies, such as lasers and fluorescent microscopes, to conduct scientific experiments and analysis. They also use x rays and computer modeling software to determine the three-dimensional structures of proteins and other molecules. Biochemists and biophysicists involved in biotechnology research use chemical enzymes to synthesize recombinant DNA.

Biochemists and biophysicists work in basic and applied research. Basic research is conducted without any immediately known application; the goal is to expand human knowledge. Applied research is directed toward solving a particular problem.

Biochemists involved in basic research may study the molecular mechanisms by which cells feed, divide, and grow. Others study the evolution of plants and animals, to understand how genetic traits are carried through successive generations.

Biophysicists may conduct basic research to learn how nerve cells communicate or how proteins work. Biochemists and biophysicists who conduct basic research typically must submit written grant proposals to colleges and universities, private foundations, and the federal government to get the money they need for their research.

Biochemists and biophysicists who conduct applied research attempt to develop products and processes that improve people's lives. For example, in medicine, biochemists and biophysicists develop tests used to detect infections, genetic disorders, and other diseases. They also develop new drugs and medications, such as those used to treat cancer or Alzheimer's disease.

Applied research in biochemistry and biophysics has many uses outside of medicine. In agriculture, biochemists and biophysicists research ways to genetically engineer crops so that they will be resistant to drought, disease, insects, and other afflictions. Biochemists and biophysicists also investigate alternative fuels, such as biofuels - renewable energy sources from plants. In addition, they develop ways to protect the environment and clean up pollution.

Many people with a biochemistry background become professors and teachers. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Lab Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Department of Biochemistry is seeking a Research Technician to study unexplored interactions between HIV and host cell components. Ideal candidates will be organized, inquisitive, and passionate about science. They should be prepared to work responsibly and carefully, and should be able to...
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Salt Lake City, UT

Genomics Data Analyst

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.Required:BS/BA in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or other scientific field and 1 year of related experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience to equal 5 years.Experience in Java programmingStrong...
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UMN
Minneapolis, MN

Post-Doc Fellow - Neuroscience - Lab of Dr. Lorraine Iacovitti

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
To use their training in structural biology, biochemistry and molecular biology to design and execute experiments related to an NIH-sponsored research project in the lab.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Collects and assembles data for any type of oral or written presentation.Independently develops scientific...
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Post Doctoral Fellow - NeuroScience - Lab of Dr. Irwin Levitan

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
To use their training in structural biology, biochemistry and molecular biology to design and execute experiments related to an NIH-sponsored research project in the lab.Collects and assembles data for any type of oral or written presentation.Independently develops scientific hypotheses related to...
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Research Assistant - Medicine - Full Time

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
To use their training in structural biology, biochemistry and molecular biology to design and execute experiments related to an NIH-sponsored research project in the lab. The Research Assistant is expected to excel in area of structural biology and biochemistry and is expected to learn new...
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Pool Associate Lecturer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Posting DetailsPool InformationWorking Title Pool Associate Lecturer - Chemistry & BiochemistryPosition Type Faculty/InstructionalDivision/College College of Science and HealthDescription of College/Department/Program/Division/Unit
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Researcher 1

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.Required Qualifications:Bachelor degree (in chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology or related field) with the basic trainings in cell and molecular biology techniques or a combination of related education and work experience...
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UMN
Minneapolis, MN

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at North Dakota State University (NDSU) seeks a visionary leader to fill the position of Dean of the College. The College is home to eight departments (Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Coatings and Polymeric Materials, Geosciences,...
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Research Tech A- Biochemistry & Molecuar Biology

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
PRIMARY FUNCTIONThe research tech carries out experiments as part of a team of researchers to investigate the molecular mechanisms mediating diseases. They will also record and analyze experimental results and collaborate effectively with other team members.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Performs a variety of...
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Intern, Lab Tech Assist

Type: Internship
Red Star Yeast Company LLC (RSYC), a leader in the Yeast Manufacturing Industry, is now accepting resumes for a Laboratory Technician Internship position at our Cedar Rapids, IA location! RSYC is a joint venture between Lesaffre Yeast Corporation and ADM, and is proud to have a state of the art...
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Post Doc Fellow - Microbiology and Immunology - Lab of Dr. Jianke Zhang

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
To use their training in structural biology, biochemistry and molecular biology to design and execute experiments related to an NIH-sponsored research project in the lab.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Collects and assembles data for any type of oral or written presentation.Independently develops scientific...
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Post Doctoral Fellow

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Pursue translational research with a focus on discovery of exosomes associated biomarkers of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST).Required QualificationsPh.D. degree in pharmacology, cellular/molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field. Experience in exosomes biology, purification and...
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Validation Engineer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are actively looking for fresh graduates & undergraduates with specialization in Biotechnology, Biomedical , Biochemistry, Chemical, Pharmacy, Chemistry, healthcare any life science field.Location: US-VA-Sterling and client sites nationwideEmployee Type: Full-Time/ W2 EmployeeREQUIREMENTS:Be...
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Phillies Baseball Academy Coach - NJ, DE

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position DetailsPosition InformationRecruitment/Posting Title Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Biomedical ScienceDepartment RWJ-CABMSalary Commensurate With ExperiencePosting SummaryThe Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM) at Rutgers University, in conjunction with the departments...
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Piscataway, NJ

QC Analyst II - Analytical

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Location: Lexington, Massachusetts (US) Education level: Bachelor / GraduateJob category: Quality Control Target start date: 3/26/2019uniQure is dedicated to bring innovative therapies or unmet medical needs to patients. In doing so each function in uniQure is directly or indirectly responsible for...
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Lexington, MA

Post Doc Fellow - Cancer Biology - Lab of Dr. Karen Knudsen

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
To use their training in structural biology, biochemistry and molecular biology to design and execute experiments related to an NIH-sponsored research project in the lab.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Collects and assembles data for any type of oral or written presentation.Independently develops scientific...
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Research Assistant

Type: Part Time
A part-time research assistant in the bio-interface soft materials research laboratory of Dr. Sunghee Lee at Iona College. Incumbents in this position will participate in research activities concerning biophysical properties of biological membranes and other soft-materials chemistry research. This...
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New Rochelle, NY

Research Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Department: Institute of Molecular BiologyRank: Research AssistantAnnual Basis: 12 MonthReview of Applications BeginsSeptember 1, 2018; position will remain open until filled.Special Instructions to ApplicantsPlease include a letter of application, CV and contact information for three professional...
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Scientist I or II, Biochemistry, Bioassay and Screening

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Desired: Molecular Biology
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South San Francisco, CA

Research Assistant I

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, our reach is global and our impact is profound. Join our acclaimed Division of Hematology/Oncology - Stem Cell and discover how your talents...
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