How to work in the US with a Master’s in Molecular Biology?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by edelweiss, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. edelweiss macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I’m European and my plan is to move to the States as soon as possible. Before doing that I have to find a job and get a visa. I’ve got a Masters in Molecular Biology so I’m looking for a job such as Medical technologist, research associate or pharmacist, basically something that involves bench work.
    I applied to some jobs at Mayo Clinic and at Kelly in Phoenix but so far it hasn’t been successful. I have to admit that I’m not familiar with the best ways to find a job in the US so I would really appreciate to get some advices.
    Plus I have noticed that many jobs require a licensure which I don’t have so that makes my searching even more difficult since. An other problem is that a recruiter has to pay for a foreigner (visa, paperwork…) while it’s not the case for an American citizen so I’m not sure that my project is realistic even though I’m really motivated:)
     
  2. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    Couple other sources you might try are Universities, many will have a job search portal on their website, for example: http://www.umich.edu, navigate to Employment > Job Postings > External Candidates & Temporary Staff Job Search, you can sign up for a guest account through there and browse available openings.

    If you're looking more industry, try their websites... for example http://www.illumina.com. Try googling for corporations that fit the field of work you're interested in and give them a shot, maybe.

    Good luck.
     
  3. edelweiss thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanx for the suggestions, I'll have a look :)
     
  4. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a Medical Technologist (Clinical Laboratory Scientist) and yes, some states require a license or certification. I suggest you look into getting certified, it will make getting a job easier.

    The American Society for Clinical Pathology gives certifications. Here is the link . The advantage of being a bench tech is that you can qualify to work at any hospital and there is a great demand. Good luck.
     

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