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COMPUTATIONAL BIOPHYSICIST, IN-DEPTH: Academia & Industry

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Keith, a computational biophysics graduate student, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, how difficult getting into the industry is, and his work-life balance. He tells us that though there may not be many jobs in academia, there are more and more industry jobs in the field, so it is still a great field to get into.

Degree: Physics
Job Title: Computational Biophysicist

Job Summary: Biochemists and Biophysicists

Job Description

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

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$45,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
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25 to 35 percent
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Full-time
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Outdoor, Home, Military, Travel, Indoor, Office
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Analytical skills, Mathematical skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='14610'>in</span> <span m='14710'>biology</span> <span m='15320'>that</span> <span m='15440'>are</span> <span m='15500'>relevant for</span> <span m='15910'>medicine</span> <span m='16340'>and</span> <span m='16770'>relevant</span> <span m='17200'>for</span> <span m='18290'>curing</span> <span m='18785'>a</span> <span m='19280'>disease</span> <span m='19620'>and</span> <span m='19960'>things</span> <span m='20230'>like</span> <span m='20460'>that.</span> <span m='21660'>But</span> <span m='22050'>also</span> <span m='23300'>in</span> <span m='23430'>saying</span> <span m='23710'>that,</span> <span m='24250'>the</span> <span m='24460'>toughest</span> <span m='24880'>part</span> <span m='25140'>is</span> <span m='25540'>basically,</span> <span m='28375'>there's</span> <span m='28630'>no</span> <span m='32000'>necessarily</span> <span m='32930'>right</span> <span m='33240'>answer.</span> <span m='33720'>You</span> <span m='34196'>don't really</span> <span m='34672'>know where</span> <span m='35148'>you're going,</span> <span m='36100'>so</span> <span m='36430'>there's</span> <span m='38628'>sometimes</span> <span m='39117'>a lot of</span> <span m='39606'>doubt or</span> <span m='40095'>a lot of</span> <span m='40584'>questions that</span> <span m='41073'>go into what</span> <span m='41562'>you're doing</span> <span m='42051'>and whether</span> <span m='42540'>you're on the right</span> <span m='43029'>path or</span> <span m='43518'>not, and it's</span> <span m='44007'>very</span> <span m='44985'>independent</span> <span m='45474'>in that</span> <span m='45963'>sense, and</span> <span m='46452'>so</span> <span m='48408'>it can be</span> <span m='49875'>kind of</span> <span m='50364'>scary</span> <span m='50853'>sometimes.</span> <span m='51342'>But</span> <span m='51831'>it's</span> <span m='53000'>also</span> <span m='53270'>very</span> <span m='53530'>exciting</span> <span m='53860'>once</span> <span m='54190'>you</span> <span m='54600'>find</span> <span m='55071'>something out</span> <span m='55542'>that no one's</span> <span m='56013'>ever seen</span> <span m='56484'>before.</span> </p><p><span m='57900'>It</span> <span m='58070'>is</span> <span m='58240'>a</span> <span m='58280'>little</span> <span m='58470'>tough</span> <span m='58700'>to</span> <span m='58780'>get</span> <span m='59670'>a</span> <span m='59900'>job</span> <span m='60200'>in</span> <span m='60280'>academia,</span> <span m='60830'>but</span> <span m='61070'>there</span> <span m='61300'>are</span> <span m='61340'>lots</span> <span m='61750'>of--</span> <span m='62960'>as</span> <span m='63090'>this</span> <span m='63280'>becomes</span> <span m='63600'>more</span> <span m='63810'>and</span> <span m='63880'>more</span> <span m='64019'>popular,</span> <span m='64560'>there</span> <span m='64709'>are</span> <span m='64739'>lots</span> <span m='65030'>of</span> <span m='65459'>industry</span> <span m='65960'>jobs.</span> <span m='66410'>And</span> <span m='67150'>basically</span> <span m='68600'>working</span> <span m='68850'>for</span> <span m='70920'>different</span> <span m='71550'>companies</span> <span m='72100'>and</span> <span m='72200'>such</span> <span m='72630'>now</span> <span m='72740'>that</span> <span m='72950'>this</span> <span m='73350'>is</span> <span m='73440'>actually</span> <span m='74230'>so</span> <span m='74470'>relevant</span> <span m='74930'>for</span> <span m='75566'>disease</span> <span m='76012'>and for medicine</span> <span m='76458'>and</span> <span m='76904'>such.</span> <span m='77800'>There's</span> <span m='78080'>a</span> <span m='78120'>lot</span> <span m='78280'>of</span> <span m='78350'>money</span> <span m='78640'>to</span> <span m='78710'>be</span> <span m='78820'>made,</span> <span m='79120'>so</span> <span m='79250'>actually</span> <span m='79550'>you</span> <span m='79720'>can</span> <span m='80270'>find</span> <span m='80580'>jobs.</span> <span m='81200'>If</span> <span m='81420'>you're</span> <span m='81530'>not</span> <span m='81770'>interested</span> <span m='82230'>in</span> <span m='82360'>doing the</span> <span m='82710'>research, you</span> <span m='83170'>can</span> <span m='83370'>find</span> <span m='83660'>jobs</span> <span m='84100'>at</span> <span m='84310'>applied</span> <span m='84860'>research.</span> <span m='86785'>And</span> <span m='87160'>so</span> <span m='87440'>in</span> <span m='87580'>that</span> <span m='87790'>sense,</span> <span m='89620'>there's</span> <span m='89830'>a</span> <span m='90120'>huge</span> <span m='90380'>opportunity</span> <span m='90650'>because</span> <span m='90920'>it's</span> <span m='91345'>health</span> <span m='91770'>related.</span> </p><p><span m='92620'>Yeah,</span> <span m='92880'>work-life</span> <span m='93510'>balance</span> <span m='93960'>is</span> <span m='94570'>sometimes</span> <span m='94845'>a</span> <span m='95120'>little</span> <span m='95190'>more</span> <span m='95410'>work</span> <span m='95880'>than</span> <span m='96356'>life.</span> <span m='97310'>So</span> <span m='97620'>but</span> <span m='97850'>really,</span> <span m='99350'>you</span> <span m='99480'>have</span> <span m='99580'>to</span> <span m='99670'>strike</span> <span m='99950'>a</span> <span m='100010'>balance.</span> <span m='100390'>Otherwise,</span> <span m='100820'>you'll</span> <span m='101080'>go</span> <span m='101280'>insane.</span> <span m='104350'>So</span> <span m='104600'>really,</span> <span m='105980'>that's</span> <span m='106340'>something</span> <span m='106760'>that</span> <span m='107140'>anyone</span> <span m='107595'>who's</span> <span m='108050'>wanting to</span> <span m='108440'>do</span> <span m='108620'>this,</span> <span m='109020'>you</span> <span m='109520'>can't</span> <span m='109770'>get</span> <span m='109920'>caught</span> <span m='110160'>up.</span> <span m='110360'>It's</span> <span m='110490'>very</span> <span m='110750'>easy</span> <span m='110940'>to</span> <span m='111020'>get</span> <span m='111160'>caught up.</span> <span m='111380'>And</span> <span m='111630'>people will</span> <span m='112010'>try to make</span> <span m='112505'>you work</span> <span m='113000'>all</span> <span m='113495'>the time,</span> <span m='114485'>and</span> <span m='114980'>you have to</span> <span m='115475'>remember</span> <span m='115970'>that</span> <span m='116960'>life's not all</span> <span m='117455'>about</span> <span m='119020'>research.</span> <span m='120610'>So</span> <span m='120810'>yeah,</span> <span m='121350'>I</span> <span m='121380'>need to</span> <span m='121590'>take my own</span> <span m='121890'>advice,</span> <span m='122190'>I</span> <span m='122490'>guess.</span> </p>","file":{"id":356242,"video_id":"3209221340001","name":"2015-Keith-ComputationalBioPhysics2","duration":123879,"thumbnail_url":null}});