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SCIENTIST: Researching Biological Systems and Biological Problems

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Tanay is a Post-Doctoral Scientist focusing on Biochemistry. He shares what a typical day looks like, how he got into this field and what he knows now about being a researcher that he didn't know when he first started; being able to narrow down and focus on one issue.

Degree: Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Job Title: Post Doctoral Researcher
Employer: Emory University

Job Summary: Biological Scientists, All Other

Job Description

Biological scientists are research scientists who examine how living organisms relate to the environment. They can specialize in any number of plant, animal or environmental studies.

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$50,000 - $80,000
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0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
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Flexible, Full-time, Irregular, Long hours, Part-time
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Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills

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Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='14340'>related</span> <span m='14670'>issues,</span> <span m='14960'>so</span> <span m='15250'>and</span> <span m='15665'>so forth.</span> <span m='16910'>On</span> <span m='17050'>a</span> <span m='17090'>typical</span> <span m='17470'>day</span> <span m='17860'>in</span> <span m='18000'>our</span> <span m='18150'>field</span> <span m='19310'>tend</span> <span m='19500'>to</span> <span m='19550'>be</span> <span m='21140'>planning</span> <span m='21420'>experiments,</span> <span m='22750'>reading</span> <span m='23220'>literature,</span> <span m='25560'>gathering</span> <span m='26100'>information</span> <span m='26670'>on</span> <span m='27010'>what</span> <span m='27350'>is</span> <span m='27910'>out</span> <span m='28150'>there and</span> <span m='28400'>what's</span> <span m='28630'>going</span> <span m='28870'>on.</span> <span m='29080'>The</span> <span m='29240'>state</span> <span m='29490'>of</span> <span m='29550'>the</span> <span m='29690'>art</span> <span m='30510'>in</span> <span m='30660'>your</span> <span m='30830'>field</span> <span m='31160'>and</span> <span m='31260'>trying</span> <span m='31400'>to</span> <span m='31470'>see</span> <span m='31620'>how</span> <span m='31760'>you</span> <span m='31960'>can</span> <span m='32689'>apply</span> <span m='33020'>that</span> <span m='33210'>to</span> <span m='33270'>your</span> <span m='33450'>own</span> <span m='33650'>work</span> <span m='33960'>to</span> <span m='34060'>solve</span> <span m='34270'>your</span> <span m='34420'>own</span> <span m='34540'>problems,</span> <span m='34950'>and</span> <span m='35090'>come</span> <span m='35280'>up</span> <span m='35420'>with</span> <span m='35710'>your</span> <span m='35870'>own</span> <span m='36000'>novel</span> <span m='36280'>ideas</span> <span m='37550'>to</span> <span m='37680'>the aid of</span> <span m='38050'>your</span> <span m='38230'>own</span> <span m='38370'>research.</span> </p><p><span m='39130'>So</span> <span m='39380'>my</span> <span m='39900'>career</span> <span m='40160'>path</span> <span m='40390'>was</span> <span m='40570'>essentially,</span> <span m='41250'>getting</span> <span m='41520'>an</span> <span m='41610'>undergrad</span> <span m='42340'>in</span> <span m='42700'>the</span> <span m='42790'>stem</span> <span m='43090'>field,</span> <span m='44050'>and</span> <span m='44400'>particularly</span> <span m='44990'>in</span> <span m='45090'>the</span> <span m='45170'>biotech</span> <span m='46140'>field.</span> <span m='47070'>And</span> <span m='47230'>then</span> <span m='47380'>I</span> <span m='47550'>went</span> <span m='47740'>to</span> <span m='47800'>grad</span> <span m='48060'>school</span> <span m='48340'>after</span> <span m='48560'>that,</span> <span m='48780'>right</span> <span m='48960'>after</span> <span m='49210'>my</span> <span m='49380'>undergrad,</span> <span m='50410'>at</span> <span m='50580'>the</span> <span m='50650'>university</span> <span m='51060'>of</span> <span m='51140'>Maryland</span> <span m='51445'>in</span> <span m='51750'>College</span> <span m='52020'>Park.</span> <span m='52940'>And</span> <span m='54610'>I</span> <span m='54720'>did</span> <span m='55500'>a</span> <span m='55550'>doctorate</span> <span m='55850'>at</span> <span m='56050'>that</span> <span m='56870'>ad</span> <span m='57170'>grad</span> <span m='58000'>school</span> <span m='58130'>in</span> <span m='58240'>biochemistry.</span> <span m='58920'>And</span> <span m='59010'>that</span> <span m='59180'>was</span> <span m='59320'>about</span> <span m='59620'>six</span> <span m='59850'>years</span> <span m='60110'>or so.</span> </p><p><span m='61280'>And</span> <span m='61580'>then</span> <span m='61710'>after</span> <span m='61940'>that,</span> <span m='62280'>it's</span> <span m='62800'>typical</span> <span m='63190'>for</span> <span m='63840'>scientists</span> <span m='64269'>in</span> <span m='64440'>our</span> <span m='64470'>field</span> <span m='64870'>to</span> <span m='66180'>do a</span> <span m='66590'>post-doctorate</span> <span m='67630'>apprenticeship,</span> <span m='68310'>which</span> <span m='68490'>is</span> <span m='69040'>what</span> <span m='69270'>we</span> <span m='69440'>are,</span> <span m='69520'>post-doctorate</span> <span m='70140'>scientists.</span> <span m='70890'>And</span> <span m='70990'>that</span> <span m='71270'>also</span> <span m='71580'>typically</span> <span m='71950'>tends to</span> <span m='72180'>take</span> <span m='72480'>place</span> <span m='72700'>either</span> <span m='72960'>in</span> <span m='73100'>research</span> <span m='73440'>establishment,</span> <span m='74170'>or</span> <span m='74920'>government</span> <span m='75300'>labs,</span> <span m='75940'>really</span> <span m='76130'>depends,</span> <span m='76590'>but, yeah,</span> <span m='77040'>one of</span> <span m='77230'>those.</span> </p><p><span m='77840'>I</span> <span m='77950'>think</span> <span m='78380'>it</span> <span m='79060'>would</span> <span m='79230'>have</span> <span m='79480'>to</span> <span m='79580'>be</span> <span m='81540'>trying</span> <span m='81960'>to</span> <span m='82050'>use</span> <span m='82410'>all</span> <span m='82580'>your</span> <span m='82720'>skills</span> <span m='82985'>and</span> <span m='83250'>the</span> <span m='83440'>knowledge</span> <span m='83750'>that</span> <span m='83890'>you</span> <span m='84040'>have,</span> <span m='85020'>and</span> <span m='85400'>apply</span> <span m='85730'>it,</span> <span m='86390'>focus</span> <span m='87150'>and</span> <span m='87530'>apply</span> <span m='87820'>it</span> <span m='87970'>to</span> <span m='88120'>a</span> <span m='88180'>particular</span> <span m='88620'>problem</span> <span m='89020'>at</span> <span m='89170'>hand.</span> <span m='90390'>And</span> <span m='90880'>to</span> <span m='90940'>be</span> <span m='91090'>able</span> <span m='91260'>to</span> <span m='91380'>choose</span> <span m='91800'>this</span> <span m='92530'>problem</span> <span m='92870'>from</span> <span m='93260'>really</span> <span m='93470'>a</span> <span m='93530'>wide</span> <span m='93870'>variety</span> <span m='94220'>of</span> <span m='94350'>interest</span> <span m='94650'>that</span> <span m='94790'>you</span> <span m='94890'>may</span> <span m='95010'>have.</span> <span m='95690'>And</span> <span m='95850'>to</span> <span m='95950'>really</span> <span m='96160'>get</span> <span m='96350'>focused</span> <span m='97540'>and</span> <span m='97720'>narrowed</span> <span m='97950'>down</span> <span m='98250'>so</span> <span m='98390'>that</span> <span m='98580'>what</span> <span m='98720'>you</span> <span m='98840'>get</span> <span m='99010'>in</span> <span m='99110'>the</span> <span m='99280'>end,</span> <span m='99500'>is</span> <span m='99650'>some</span> <span m='100700'>specific</span> <span m='101330'>results.</span> </p><p><span m='102860'>That</span> <span m='103310'>can</span> <span m='103450'>either</span> <span m='103840'>be</span> <span m='103970'>published</span> <span m='104430'>or</span> <span m='104500'>can</span> <span m='104730'>be</span> <span m='105630'>of</span> <span m='106010'>some</span> <span m='106290'>used</span> <span m='106520'>to</span> <span m='106590'>somebody</span> <span m='106970'>else,</span> <span m='107140'>and</span> <span m='107220'>that's</span> <span m='107440'>not</span> <span m='107600'>always</span> <span m='108000'>the</span> <span m='108080'>most</span> <span m='108340'>obvious</span> <span m='108710'>thing</span> <span m='108880'>to</span> <span m='108950'>do.</span> <span m='109690'>And</span> <span m='109980'>I</span> <span m='110130'>would</span> <span m='110400'>say,</span> <span m='110520'>that's</span> <span m='111870'>the</span> <span m='112030'>most</span> <span m='112260'>significant</span> <span m='113345'>curve</span> <span m='114060'>that</span> <span m='114210'>I</span> <span m='114320'>experienced,</span> <span m='114900'>was</span> <span m='115200'>how</span> <span m='115340'>of</span> <span m='115420'>focus</span> <span m='115770'>and</span> <span m='115860'>narrow</span> <span m='116100'>down.</span> <span m='116330'>And</span> <span m='116430'>I</span> <span m='116500'>didn't</span> <span m='116870'>quite</span> <span m='117110'>know</span> <span m='117260'>that</span> <span m='117430'>in</span> <span m='117500'>the</span> <span m='117580'>beginning</span> <span m='117990'>and</span> <span m='118310'>now</span> <span m='118610'>I</span> <span m='118910'>sort of</span> <span m='119210'>know</span> <span m='119510'>that now.</span> </p>","file":{"id":361810,"video_id":"3247993698001","name":"2130-Tanay-p-Researcher-BioChemistry","duration":120210,"thumbnail_url":null}});