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.

Research Technologist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
General Summary/Purpose:The department of Biology is seeking a Research Technologist to work in a molecular biology and genetics laboratory on the Homewood Campus at the Johns Hopkins University starting September 2019. The Lab will work on deciphering the mechanistic principles of mRNA...
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Research Engineering/ Scientist Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job Posting Title:Research Engineering/ Scientist Assistant-Hiring Department:Molecular Biosciences-Position Open To:All Applicants-Weekly Scheduled Hours:40-FLSA Status:Non-Exempt-Earliest Start Date:May 28, 2019-Position Duration:Expected to Continue Until May 27, 2020-Location:UT MAIN CAMPUS-Job...
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Field Service Representative - Houston, TX/Louisiana

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Agilent inspires and supports discoveries that advance the quality of life. We provide life science, diagnostic and applied market laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise. Agilent enables customers to gain the answers and insights they seek - so...
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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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R&D Intern

Type: Internship
Job Description SummaryInternship on the applied research and technology team. Will learn and implement analytical methods, and will use them to help develop new technologies and materials based solutions to existing challenges.Job DescriptionSummary of Position with General ResponsibilitiesThe...
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BD
Salt Lake City, UT

Resch Tech A- Biochemistry

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The 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 complex,...
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Student - Medicine/Hematology

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Primary Function:The summer undergrduate student will support NIH-funded research into immune-mediated thrombocytopenia and thrombosis syndromes. The focus will be on novel therapeutics of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.Experience Requirements:The preferred background includes coursework in...
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Research Tech B

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Responsibilities:A research technician position is available to study the genetic and neural basis of sleep, circadian rhythms, courtship, and neurodegeneration using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system in the laboratory of Dr. Kyunghee Koh. We use a broad range of techniques in...
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Environment, Health, & Safety Intern-GE Aviation- Fall 19

Type: Internship
Role Summary:The Environmental Health and Safety department fosters an EHS culture that promotes the safety and wellness of our employees; protects the environment; ensures compliance; delivers value to our business, customers and communities; enhances GE's reputation and distinguishes us as a...
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GE
Cincinnati, OH

Software Engineering Co-op - GE Aviation - Fall 2019

Type: Internship
Role Summary:GE Aviation's technical Co-op's / Interns gain broad exposure to varied areas of the Aviation software and avionics systems business.Experienced managers mentor co-op / Intern contributions and development during their assignments. Student's build leadership and...
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GE
Cincinnati, OH

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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Full Time Intern

Type: Internship
Position: Full-time internFunction: Discovery ResearchCompany: Phanes Therapeutics, Inc.Location: San Diego, CAPhanes Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotech company focused on discovery anddevelopment of therapies for grievous diseases, including metabolic complicationsand oncology. The company is built...
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Intern, Pharmaceutical Science

Type: Internship
Job DescriptionHow will you make an impact?Collaborate with senior formulation and analytical staff to provide support for early phase development projects or internal research.What will you do?Process work focused on small-scale solid oral dosage technologies and equipmentSpray drying, blending,...
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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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Research Tech A - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Lab of Diane Merry

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The 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. Performs a variety of complex, analytical and technical...
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Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/Biologist/Chemist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Description:As a Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/Biologist/Chemist at the GS-0401/1301/1320-14 some of your typical work assignments may include:Coordinates and reviews multi-faceted work being undertaken in diverse locations, setting standards for the work, reviewing work for...
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Assistant Research Scientist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position SummaryPlease Note: This position has been updated from part-time to full-time, and the applicant review date has been extended to 09/14/2018. An Assistant Research Scientist position is available in the laboratory of Dr. May Khanna in the Department of Pharmacology.The incumbent will work...
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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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Field Service Representative - Dallas, TX

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Agilent inspires and supports discoveries that advance the quality of life. We provide life science, diagnostic and applied market laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise. Agilent enables customers to gain the answers and insights they seek - so...
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