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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR, IN-DEPTH: It Takes A Long Time From The First Idea To A Completed Research Paper

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Daniel, a Postdoctoral Scholar in Evolutionary Biology, shares what he likes most about his job, its challenges, the key decision he made to get him where he is today and how hard it is to find work as a Postdoc. Although Daniel has a Ph.D. in Physics, he has pursued a career in Biology because the topic caught his eye.

Degree: Physics
Job Title: Post Doctoral Researcher
Employer: University of California Berkeley

Job Summary: Biologist, Biochemist, Biophysicist, Researcher

Job Description

Biologist, biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity.

Biochemists and biophysicists also use electron microscopes, lasers, and other laboratory instruments and equipment to carry out their research. Biochemists and biophysicists use advanced technologies to conduct scientific experiments and analysis. For example, they use 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.

Most biochemists and biophysicists work on teams. Research projects are often interdisciplinary, and biochemists and biophysicists frequently work with experts in other fields, such as physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Most biochemistry and biophysics Ph.D. holders begin their careers in a temporary postdoctoral research position, which typically lasts 2 to 3 years. During their postdoctoral appointment, they work with experienced scientists as they continue to learn about their specialties or develop a broader understanding of related areas of research.

Postdoctoral positions frequently offer the opportunity to publish research findings. A solid record of published research is essential to get a permanent position doing basic research, especially for those seeking a permanent college or university faculty position.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$45,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 31 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Mathematical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Organizational skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
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m='23120'>motivation.</span> </p><p><span m='24330'>Switching</span> <span m='24800'>from</span> <span m='25000'>physics</span> <span m='25340'>to</span> <span m='25430'>biology</span> <span m='27760'>was a</span> <span m='27860'>big</span> <span m='28210'>decision</span> <span m='28630'>for</span> <span m='28740'>me.</span> <span m='29070'>It was</span> <span m='29170'>a</span> <span m='29260'>little</span> <span m='29430'>bit</span> <span m='29800'>scary</span> <span m='30220'>because</span> <span m='30550'>I</span> <span m='30870'>had</span> <span m='31260'>taken</span> <span m='31960'>almost</span> <span m='32250'>no</span> <span m='32360'>biology</span> <span m='32625'>at</span> <span m='32890'>any</span> <span m='33270'>point.</span> <span m='34030'>But</span> <span m='34410'>you know,</span> <span m='34740'>it</span> <span m='35580'>kind</span> <span m='35770'>of</span> <span m='35830'>caught</span> <span m='36060'>my</span> <span m='36300'>eye,</span> <span m='36490'>so</span> <span m='37255'>I did it.</span> </p><p><span m='37700'>At</span> <span m='38030'>this</span> <span m='38200'>stage,</span> <span m='38420'>as</span> <span m='38530'>a post-doc,</span> <span m='39210'>not</span> <span m='39460'>very.</span> <span m='40020'>But</span> <span m='40140'>going</span> <span m='40370'>to</span> <span m='40420'>the</span> <span m='40560'>next</span> <span m='40930'>stage</span> <span m='41410'>and</span> <span m='41870'>getting</span> <span m='42140'>a</span> <span m='42360'>professor</span> <span m='42790'>job</span> <span m='43020'>is</span> <span m='43160'>very,</span> <span m='43470'>very</span> <span m='43730'>hard.</span> <span m='44140'>So</span> <span m='44300'>yeah,</span> <span m='44520'>it is.</span> </p><p><span m='45700'>It's</span> <span m='45940'>not</span> <span m='46160'>great.</span> <span m='48010'>Because</span> <span m='48640'>it's</span> <span m='48830'>so</span> <span m='49040'>hard</span> <span m='49460'>to</span> <span m='49560'>get</span> <span m='49680'>a</span> <span m='49730'>professor</span> <span m='50140'>job,</span> <span m='50370'>and there's</span> <span m='50540'>so</span> <span m='50690'>many</span> <span m='50890'>people</span> <span m='51190'>who</span> <span m='51270'>want</span> <span m='51580'>it,</span> <span m='52090'>and</span> <span m='52400'>because</span> <span m='52720'>the</span> <span m='52800'>work</span> <span m='52960'>is</span> <span m='53060'>so</span> <span m='53180'>much</span> <span m='53420'>fun</span> <span m='53780'>and</span> <span m='53910'>people</span> <span m='54190'>enjoy</span> <span m='54550'>spending</span> <span m='54970'>time</span> <span m='55320'>on</span> <span m='55450'>it,</span> <span m='55820'>there's</span> <span m='55980'>a</span> <span m='56060'>lot</span> <span m='56260'>of</span> <span m='56330'>pressure</span> <span m='56680'>to</span> <span m='56750'>basically</span> <span m='57090'>spend</span> <span m='57380'>all</span> <span 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