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  • Do you consider yourself inquisitive, analytical, or insightful? 
  • Are you interested in learning about scientific issues or applying technical concepts to solve problems? 
  • Does it sound like fun to perform lab experiments or utilize a microscope to examine cells? 
  • Could you see yourself investigating scientific principles by collecting and analyzing data?

Careers in this community focus on designing and conducting research to improve products, processes, and ways of living.

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Click Here to learn where Hawkeyes GO & what they DO after graduation.

  • Arborist
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Botanist
  • Clinical Trials Manager
  • Crime Lab Technician
  • Ecologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Horticulturist
  • Laboratory Manager/Director
  • Marine Biologist
  • Materials Chemist 
  • Medical Lab Science
  • Medical Science Research
  • Microbiologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Pharmacology
  • Physicist
  • Product Development Research 
  • Production Scientist
  • Quality Control/Assurance
  • Science Education
  • Scientific Writer 
  • Toxicologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist

Vault Occupational Database (Create a free Vault profile utilizing your uiowa email; then search for Guides in the search box)

  • Guide to Biology and Life Science Jobs
  • Guide to Chemistry Jobs
  • Guide to Mathematics and Physics Jobs
  • Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Jobs
  • Guide to Space Exploration Jobs

To research various UI majors, minors and certificates, visit Find Your Program.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net contain information on duties, education and training, pay and job outlook.

 

Want to put your interests to good use? Join other students who share them. Discover student organizations which relate to science and research at the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. You can browse the OrgSync database by letter or search by keyword or name for locating student organizations. 

Some examples of organizations that may be of interest:

  • American Chemical Society Student Chapter
  • Biochemistry Majors Club
  • Microbiology Undergraduate Student Association
  • oSTEM@Iowa
  • Society of Physics Students
  • UI Bio
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Also consider volunteering as a way to explore your interests, build your resume, and connect with the community!

In addition, you can find activities and events related to your interests via After Class

Professional organizations are a great way to explore, prepare, experience, and achieve your career interests and goals!

  • Explore - Learn what people in the industry do, talk about, and take action on
  • Prepare - Learn about job titles, companies, and organizational/thought leaders
  • Experience - Check out resources, including specialized job boards and LinkedIn groups to locate mentors and job shadowing/informational interview opportunities
  • Achieve - Polish your professional image by taking an active part in your industry’s association. Reach your goals through networking and the professional development opportunities your association provides.

Plus, professional associations often offer discounted memberships to students!

Sample of Science Research Full-Time Jobs & Fellowships in Handshake

Transformative Manufacturing - Postdoctoral Appointee at Sandia National Laboratories
Postdoctoral Position in Multi-Scale, Multi-Physics Modeling and Simulation at Sandia National Laboratories
Hydrogeologist 4 at Washington State Department of Ecology
Environmental Program Manager I (Supervisory) (JC-262104) at California State Water Resources Control Board
Research Technician II, Cell Biology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Bioinformatics Analyst I - Tumor Dormancy, Metastasis and Drug Resistance at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources - Pratt County at Kansas State Research and Extension
4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, Shawnee County at Kansas State Research and Extension
4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, 21 Central District at Kansas State Research and Extension
McPherson County Family and Community Wellness Extension Agent at Kansas State Research and Extension
Climate Commitment Act Criteria Pollutant Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Research Associate I/II, Strain Analytics Sequencing Core  at Pivot Bio
Nonproliferation Policy Specialist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Corporate Training Coordinator at Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
Post Doctorate RA - Computational Chemistry, Machine Learning at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Senior Associate Scientist, Biologics I at Catalent
Engineering Geologist (JC-261193) at California State Water Resources Control Board
Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Librarian – Head of Youth Services at Onslow County Government
Environmental & Sustainability Specialist at Region 1 Planning Council
Postdoctoral Fellow at Sanford Research
Flint Hills District Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent at Kansas State Research and Extension
Scientific Researcher Associate at Genentech
Entry Level Research Associate Medical Device company at MicroVention-Terumo
Environmental Scientist (JC-260829) at California State Water Resources Control Board
R0017872 Director Tech Services- Biologics Technical Ops at Gilead Sciences
Senior Engineering Geologist (JC-260640) at California State Water Resources Control Board
Environmental Scientist (JC-260556) at California State Water Resources Control Board
Environmental Scientist (JC-260669) at California State Water Resources Control Board
production asst, Cheese/Artisan dairy at Valley Shepherd Creamery
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Neuroimmunology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Scientist II/III , in vivo (master or Bachelor degree level) at Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Bayesian Methods for B Cell Receptor Sequence Lineages at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Protocol Coordinator III/Supervisor, Vaccine Clinical Trials at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Biostatistical Methods - Biomarker Development and Outcome Prediction at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Tumor Dormancy & Metabolism at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Tumor Dormancy and Immune Targeting at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Technician I-II, Metastasis and Therapeutic Resistance at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Growth Mechanisms of 2D Materials & Nanomaterials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Keep Douglasville Beautiful Community Gardens VISTA at City of Douglasville
NWR Air Quality Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E) at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Surveillance Epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Entry-Level Geologist or Environmental Engineering Consultant - Emeryville, CA JR15344 at Ramboll US Corporation
4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, Wildcat District at Kansas State Research and Extension
Research Associate at Randstad Life Sciences
Entry Level Chemist at PPD
Research Technician II - Warren Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
City Economist at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Research Assistant, Science and Society at Pew Research Center
Marine Biologist (ASM) - Gloucester, Ma at A.I.S., Inc.
Marine Biologist (ASM) - Boston, MA at A.I.S., Inc.
AFM/Nanoindentation Scientist at Eurofins EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies
Watercraft Inspector - Dakota County at Waterfront Restoration, LLC.
Watercraft Inspector - Christmas Lake, Shorewood, MN at Waterfront Restoration, LLC.
Spills Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program Manager at Washington State Department of Ecology
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Microscopy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - High Temperature Corrosion at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Analytical Scientist - ELISA, Cell Culture at Eurofins
Nutrition, Food and Health Extension Agent, Southwind District at Kansas State Research and Extension
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Statistical Methods Development at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Staff Scientist, Biostatistics at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Immunology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Houghton Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Matsen Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, mRNA translation in cancer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Coordinator I --Infectious Disease Sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Cell Biology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Tumor Dormancy and Therapeutic Resistance at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Staff Scientist, Human Genetics at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Intratumoral Microbiome Environment at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Biology of Small Cell Lung Cancer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Genetic Cancer Epidemiology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Assistant Staff Scientist - MacPherson Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Nelson Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Technician II - Markey Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Markey Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Associate Scientist II (contract) at AbbVie
Early Career Scientist or Field Geologist at Ramboll US Corporation
Doctoral Analytic Epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Plant Biochemistry Postdoctoral Scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Associate Food Scientist at Eurofins
Staff Scientist - T Cell Immunologist HVTN at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Entry Level Document Administrator at Medpace, Inc.
Research Scientist I_Cancer Physiology at Moffitt Cancer Center
Associate Scientist - Tissue Culture at Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Research Scientist in Fish Nutrition at Center For Aquaculture Technologies
Baby Imaging Specialist - Lincoln Park at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
Research Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry at Gilead Sciences
Research Associate, Medicinal Chemistry at Gilead Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computational Chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
CDC Bioinformatics Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Consent Coordinator at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
USFS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Hydrology at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Senior Quality Chemist, Mass Spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific
Computer Science, Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, AI, ML Opportunities for New Grads at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Technical Support Engineer - Emerging Technology (New Grads!) at Amazon Robotics
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Stamatatos Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Technician III-IV, Protein Design - Antibody Discovery at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Associate - Strain Engineering and Molecular Biology at Helaina
Field Ecologist at RES
4816202 Postdoctoral Fellow, Structural Biology and Biophysics at Pfizer, Inc.
4816001 Postdoctoral Fellow, Rare Disease Research Unit at Pfizer, Inc.
4814822 Postdoctoral Fellow, Applied Synthesis Technologies at Pfizer, Inc.
4815398 Postdoctoral Fellow, Rare Disease Research Unit at Pfizer, Inc.
4815247 Postdoctoral Fellow, Internal Medicine at Pfizer, Inc.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Buck Lab - Molecular Neuroscience/Neurodegeneration at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Staff Scientist - BBE at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Simon Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Innate Immunity to HIV-1 at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Scientific Consultant - Screener at Genedata
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Cohn Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Pancera Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Statistical Unit Assistant - SWOG at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Technician II - McElrath Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Technician I - Pancera Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Reef Fish and Shrimp Fishery Observer - Madeira Beach, FL at A.I.S., Inc.
Reef Fish and Shrimp Fishery Observer - Galveston, TX at A.I.S., Inc.
CDC Global Health Training Development & Assessment Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
CDC Bioinformatics and Data Science Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
USDA-ARS Research Opportunity in Chemistry at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
CDC Economic Evaluation Training Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Biostatistician at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)
Staff Environmental Engineer/Scientist (Entry Level) at ERM
Staff Operational Compliance Specialist (Entry Level) at ERM
Climate Change Advisory Consultant (Entry Level) at ERM
Staff Environmental Remediation/Civil Engineer (Entry Level) at ERM
Climate Change Advisory Consultant (Associate Level) at ERM
Staff Climate Change Advisory Consultant (Entry Level) at ERM
Staff Environmental Scientist (Entry Level) at ERM
Staff Civil Engineer (Entry Level), Annapolis, MD at ERM
Staff Environmental Geologist/Scientist (Entry Level) at ERM
Fellow at National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program Fellowship
Agronomy Administrative Assistant at UNITED COOPERATIVE
Postdoctoral Positions in Plant Genetics and Genomics at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Pacific West Area, Western Regional Research Center
Research Associate, Preclinical at Arbor Biotechnologies
Animal Behavior Specialist / Trainer at Beyond the Dog
Research Scientist at Hopewell Therapeutics Inc.
Research Assistant at Hopewell Therapeutics Inc.
Economic Development Planner at Region 1 Planning Council
FDA Protein Biochemistry Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Scientist, Structure-based Protein Engineering at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
R&D Associate, Tumor Modeling at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Building Technologies Office Opportunity in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Bioprocessing Lab Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Clinical Veterinarian 2021-1525 at Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute
Research Scientist 4 at Promega Corporation
Scientist I at Perfectus Biomed Group
Laboratory Technician at Perfectus Biomed Group
Associate Scientist, Analytical CMC (Raw /Starting Materials) at Translate Bio
Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) (I, II) at Natera
Clinical Laboratory Operator I, Austin, TX (6524) at Natera
Baby Imaging Specialist - Silver Spring at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
Baby Imaging Specialist - Richmond at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
Baby Imaging Specialist - Raleigh at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
Baby Imaging Specialist - Pasadena at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
Baby Imaging Specialist - Orange at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
Baby Imaging Specialist - Norfolk at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
Baby Imaging Specialist - Hauppauge at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
FDA Glycoprotein Production and Characterization Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Maternal Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Biologics Testing Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Baby Imaging Specialist - Mineola at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
UX Researcher at Bold Insight
Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
FDA Bioinformatics Data Analysis Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Bioinformatics Software Engineering Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Senior Grants Manager at Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR)
FDA Clinical Pharmacology of Therapeutic Biologics Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Biopharmaceutics for Quality Standards Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Nanomedicine Characterization Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Quality Standards for Drug Products Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Associate Site Director/Clinical Research Coordinator 2021-1470 at Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute
Production Chemist at NanoMedTrix, LLC
Laboratory Technician at PreventionGenetics
Research and Development Technician at PreventionGenetics
FDA Maternal Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Entry Level-Production/Application Support Analyst- Austin, Texas at Mthree
APHL-CDC COVID-19 Laboratory Associate, Laboratory Technician at Association of Public Health Laboratories
APHL-CDC COVID-19 Laboratory Associate-Bioinformatician at Association of Public Health Laboratories
Postdoctoral Fellow at Sanford Research
USDA-ARS Machine Learning & AI in Nutrition Research Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
USDA-ARS Remote Sensing of Agro-ecosystems & High-performance Computing Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
USDA-ARS High Performance Computing and Big Data Science Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
USDA-ARS High Performance Computing and Prediction of Geospatial Dynamics Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
USDA-ARS High Performance Computing and AI Technologies in Agriculture Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
USDA-ARS Computational Tools & Pipeline Development for Metagenomic Data Analysis Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
USDA-ARS Big Data Science and Training Program Coordination Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
USDA-ARS Integrating Breeding Platforms and Bioinformatic Analyses Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
APHL-CDC COVID-19 Laboratory Associate at Association of Public Health Laboratories
Virginia State Park Youth Conservation Corps at Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Clinical Research Coordinator I/II (TAM2002.20) at Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR)
Systems Engineering, Applied/Engineering Physics, Optics & Engineering Science, Statistics and Applied Math, Opportunities for New Grads at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Computer Science, Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, AI, ML Opportunities for New Grads at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Bioinformatics Engineer (Beijing/Tianjin) at Novogene Co., LTD
Technical Support (Beijing) at Novogene Co., LTD
Animal Trainer at Beyond the Dog
Recently Awarded PhDs or Postdocs Opportunities at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Office Management Specialist at U.S. Department of State
Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist at U.S. Department of State

Sample of Science Research Internships & Student Employment Jobs in Handshake

Intern - Applied Optical & Plasma Science - R&D Graduate Year-Round at Sandia National Laboratories
Visual Media Intern Summer 2022 at Project Chimps
Chimpanzee Care Intern Summer 2022 at Project Chimps
Blog Writer Intern Summer 2022 at Project Chimps
Conservation Education Internship at Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board
Intern - Public Policy Research - Spring 2022 at Cato Institute
Agronomy Internship Experience at UNITED COOPERATIVE
Research Intern at University of Iowa - Department of Microbiology
Fall Intern Data Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory
Wastewater Laboratory Testing Fall Internship at Veolia North America
Intern - Applied Optical & Plasma Science - R&D Graduate Year-Round at Sandia National Laboratories
Wildlife Trade Data and Technology Intern - Fall 2021 (REMOTE/VIRTUAL) at The International Fund for Animal Welfare
IFAW Wildlife Policy and Management Internship - Fall 2021 (REMOTE/VIRTUAL) at The International Fund for Animal Welfare
Fall Interships: Regional Planning, Economic Development, Public Policy at Region 1 Planning Council
Transportation Planning Intern at Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments
Research & Development Intern at Integrated DNA Technologies
Library Adult Services Intern at City of Ames
Blog Writer Intern Spring 2022 at Project Chimps
Blog Writer Intern Winter 2021/2022 at Project Chimps
Fall Grower Intern at Green Circle Growers
Engineering Fall Intern - Undergraduate at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Visual Media Intern Spring 2022 at Project Chimps
Chimpanzee Care Intern Spring 2022 at Project Chimps
Visual Media Intern Winter 2021 at Project Chimps
Chimpanzee Care Intern Winter 2021 at Project Chimps
EPA Environmental Pollutant Fate and Transport Modeling Research Opportunity at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Research Associate at Biosapien
Intern in Nano-Medical Technology at NanoMedTrix, LLC
Animal Care Intern/Volunteer at Ocean Connections
Experteze Internship at Experteze
Communications Intern: Regenerative Organic Agriculture at Rodale Institute
Social Media or Graphic Design Fellow for Climate Solutions at U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Fall 2021 Internship Program - Syneos Health at Syneos Health
Internship - Sanctuary Facilities at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch
Wildlife Research Internship - South Africa at Nkonzo Wildlife Research
Education and Outreach Internship at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch
Wildlife Care Resident Internship (ON-GOING) at Wildlife In Crisis
Dolphin Research Center Animal Care and Training Intern at Dolphin Research Center
Dolphin Research Center Animal Care and Training Intern at Dolphin Research Center