Jobseeker FAQs

What is Bio Careers?
Bio Careers® is the first and only career service dedicated to expanding professional options for life science PhDs and MDs. The service provides online career resources and job postings to post-graduate and alumni candidates, and recruitment services to employers.

Why is it important?
According to the National Postdoc Association, there are nearly 50,000 PhDs and post-doctorates in the United States today. Of these, at least 40,000 are in the life sciences. As this population continues to grow, there is an emerging need to find more quality jobs. These PhDs are an important national resource, largely funded by taxpayers through federal and state grants. They are our brightest, most educated and capable prospects for investing in our country’s future in any field having to do with life science. Where they go after receiving their education, and whether that work pays back to society at large, is an issue of critical importance at a national level.

Why should employers care?
Unlike other online career services, Bio Careers® is the first to exclusively partner with universities that offer reputable life science programs. The online service is embedded on university websites and is free for students to access.

Why don't employers just post their jobs at the competitors?
Through intelligent tools and a focused assembly of life science professionals, Bio Careers® organizes qualified candidates to save recruiters time and shorten the hiring process. Furthermore, the online career service offers valuable insight into its exclusive consortium of universities and scientific institutions.

Which universities are in the consortium?
Beckman Institute, Brown, Caltech, Columbia, Emory, Georgetown, MD Anderson, Michigan State, National Institutes of Health, New York University, Scripps Institute, Stanford, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Diego, University of California at San Francisco, University of Colorado Denver, University of Massachusetts, University of Miami, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Vanderbilt, Wadsworth Center, Florida State University, Virginia Commonwealth, University of Rochester, Brandeis University and University of Louisville.

Can other universities join the consortium?
Bio Careers® is actively talking with additional schools about joining the consortium. In general, the goal is to add the largest research programs first. Students and alumni associated with other universities are encouraged to influence their schools to join the Bio Careers consortium.

Why are there so many PhDs looking for jobs right now?
After World War II, demand for basic research grew exponentially in terms of grants from the federal government. The major research institutions grew their programs with the funding, implying an exponential growth in professorships and PhD students (who take classes for a couple of years, then support professors in their research). In the early 1970’s, federal funding growth tailed off into more regular percentage increases. While the growth in professorships eased to match funding, the growth in PhDs did not. This created a surplus in PhDs, which led to the question of what to do with these highly skilled scientists. So, the postdoc position was created. The numbers of postdocs have grown from 1,700 in 1971 (National Academy Of Science) to over 45,000 today (National Postdoc Association), and many bioscience postdocs often spend more time in this position than they would like.

Can anyone use Bio Careers' jobs board?
No. Your school needs to be a partner to use the materials, tools, and job board.

How can my university become part of the Bio Careers consortium?
Students and alumni associated with non-partnering universities are encouraged to influence their schools to join the Bio Careers® Consortium. Contact your university's administration and tell them you and your peers would like to utilize Bio Careers' career services. Encourage them to contact Bio Careers at

If my school is not a partner of Bio Careers consortium, do I have access to any of the site's information?
Yes.You can access the career service's bookstore and links to articles to help your career search.

Are there limits on the number of jobs to which I can apply?
No. Feel free to submit your resume for as many jobs as you want.

Who do I contact if I need help using the site?
For any technical difficulties, please contact For suggestions or comments on companies/industries or job types that you would like to see listed, please contact

What is an Institutional Member?
An Institutional Member is an organization with special focus on training postgraduates in the life sciences which has decided to purchase, on behalf of it's degree candidates, postdocs, and alumni, a subscription to Bio Careers. All Jobseekers who register with an affiliation to an Institutional Member are given life subscriptions.

Is Membership available to jobseekers not affiliated with an Institutional Membership?
In January of 2011, Bio Careers® started accepting Individual Memberships from postgraduates from the top 107 non-U.S. and the top 96 U.S. Universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities ( in Life Science, Natural Science, Medical Science and Engineering.

Is there a cost associated with Individual Membership?
An Individual Membership costs $19.95 for the first year and $39.90 for a lifetime subscription.

What is a PI?
PI stands for "principal investigator" and it's the name of the committer that asks for the lab. Every lab has to have a PI and the PI is responsible for keeping the lab descriptors up-to-date with the lab. The PI can ask for a lab to change state and participates in a vote to change the lab state when triggered by the PMC.

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