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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

Firsthand (formerly Vault) - Select "The Library" just below home icon on left vertical navigation menu.  Click on "Guides" then use drop down menu to filter by "Pharma & Healthcare" to view: 

  • Vault Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Jobs

Also filter by "Other Industries" to view:

  • Vault Guide to Agriculture Jobs
  • Vault Guide to Biology & Life Science Jobs
  • Vault Guide to Chemistry Jobs
  • Vault Guide to Chemicals Industry Jobs
  • Vault Guide to Earth Science Jobs
  • Vault Guide to Mathematics & Physics Jobs
  • Vault Guide to Medical Equipment Manufacturing Jobs
  • Vault Guide to Space Exploration Jobs
  • + many more industries areas where you can apply your science background!

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

Advanced Research Associate, GMP Production at Bio-Techne
Statistician Technician - 668 at Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
Hydrogeologist 1 at Washington State Department of Ecology
Veterinary Pathologist at WuXi AppTec, Inc.
Environmental Compliance Specialist at K-State Dept of Environmental Health and Safety
Hydrologist at North Dakota Department of Water Resources
Senior Market Research Analyst at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)
Mid - Level Research Scientist, Remote Sensing at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)
Fish and Wildlife Biologist II #03313026 at Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
U.S. Army Test & Evaluation Command Seeking Engineers, Scientists, Meteorologists, Chemists and more! at U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command
Environmental Education Outreach Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Quality Assurance Data Validator (Chemist 4) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Assistant Necropsy Technician, Anatomic Pathology at Southern Research Institute
Research Associate-Transgenic Mouse Support/Mammalian Gene Expression at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Staff Applied Scientist / Research Engineer, Computer Vision at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)
Senior Applied Scientist / Research Engineer, Computer Vision at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)
Staff Applied Scientist / Research Engineer, Computer Vision at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)
Mid-Level Applied Scientist / Research Engineer, Computer Vision at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)
Lead Research Scientist - Legacy Pesticides at Washington State Department of Ecology
Process Development Scientist, Downstream at New England Biolabs, Inc
Permit Writer Unit Lead (Environmental Specialist 3) (In Training) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Space Technology and Systems Research Engineer at SRI International
Postdoctoral Fellow - Cardiometabolic Disorders at Amgen
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - City of Toledo, OH at GovHR USA
Product Testing Project Lead at Washington State Department of Ecology
Postdoctoral Fellow in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology and Wnt Signaling - Grainger Lab at Van Andel Institute
Student Trainee (Soil Science) at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wisconsin
Individual Placement AmeriCorps Member at Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
Program Associate-Wisconsin State Law Library at Wisconsin Court System
Municipal Permit and Compliance Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computational Ecohydrology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Supervising Engineering Geologist (JC-272189) at California State Water Resources Control Board
Biomedical Technician - Training Program at TRIMEDX
Environmental Specialist 2 at Washington State Department of Ecology
Specimen Processing Laboratory Associate/Technician at PreventionGenetics
Laboratory Technician at PreventionGenetics
Environmental Scientist (JC-272134) at California State Water Resources Control Board
Life Cycle Programs Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E) at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Product Testing Unit Supervisor (Chemist 4) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Compliance Assurance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Wetland Mitigation Compliance Specialist - NWR at Washington State Department of Ecology
Senior application scientist at PerkinElmer
Engineer, Battery Specialist at Exponent
Senior Scientist – GC/MS and LC/MS at PPD
Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022 at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program Manager at Washington State Department of Ecology
SWM Section Manager at Washington State Department of Ecology
Instrument Repair/Installation Tech (Two Positions) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Emissions Inventory Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Market Research Data Wrangler at Downs & St. Germain Research
Assistant or Associate Professor Opportunities in Lung Cancer, COPD, Immunology and Infectious Disease Research 2019-1039 at Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute
Assistant and Associate Professor Opportunities in Virology 2019-1139 at Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute
Associate Scientist II, Fermentation at Aldevron
Toxicologist, Bellevue, WA at Exponent
VW Settlement Grants and Cultural Resources Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
ORISE Fellow - Statistical Support at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector – Enforcement Coordinator at Washington State Department of Ecology
In-House Clinical Research Associate at Rho, Inc.
Research Associate/Senior Research Associate of T Cell Therapeutics at Caribou Biosciences, Inc.
GOglobal Program: Life Sciences, Process Solutions Services, R&D 2022 at EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Electronics
GOglobal Program: Life Science, Research Solutions, Commercial Strategy Realization 2022 at EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Electronics
Training Specialist (Safety) at City of Naperville
Extractions Technician (Laboratory Technician 2) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Scientist 1 - Chemistry at Southern Research Institute
Senior Research Associate at Kemin Industries
Research and Development (R&D) Graduate Programme – US at AstraZeneca
Site Manager & Hydrogeologist (2 positions) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Biostatistician at Yale University/Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)
Engagement Manager (Custom Research Consulting) at FrontierView
Underground Injection Control Program (UIC) Lead (Hydrogeologist 4) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Postdoctoral Researcher in Optics & Photonics at Raytheon Technologies
Chemist at ICONMA
Toxicological Data Analyst at Verisk
Senior Scientist, Assay Development at BellBrook Labs
Aquatics Unit Supervisor at Washington State Department of Ecology
Transportation Analyst at Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG)
Children's Products Compliance Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Toxics Researcher at Washington State Department of Ecology
Staff Hydrogeologist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Senior Scientist - Biopharmaceuticals at PPD
Air Quality Planner (Environmental Planner 3)(In-Training) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Air Quality Planner (Environmental Planner 2)(In-Training) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Entry Level Cell Biologist at PPD
Water Quality Data Coordinator at Washington State Department of Ecology
Entry Level Scientist - Biopharmaceuticals at PPD
Scientist 2 - HIV Research at Southern Research Institute
Nonpoint Water Quality Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Research Associate II at Randstad Life Sciences
Research Associate at Randstad Life Sciences
Oncology Research Associate at Randstad Life Sciences
R&D Specialist-Immunoscreening Group at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Senior Scientist - Cell Bioassay at PPD
Climate Change Outreach Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Nuclear Assistant Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Postdoctoral in High Performance Computing at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Compliance and Technical Training Specialist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Postdoctoral Research Associate – Computational Chemistry at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Postdoctoral Postdoctoral Research Associate for Accelerator Development at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Postdoc in Nuclear Data at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Postdoctoral Research Associate for Catalysis Surface Science at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Synthetic Chemistry Research Scientist (BS or MS) at Novartis
Hudson River Coastal Research 2-Year Graduate Fellowship at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Analyst at Professional Research Consultants
Hazardous Waste Specialist - Pollution Prevention at Washington State Department of Ecology
Research Associate I-Immunology at Adjuvance Technologies
Toxics Reduction Planner at Washington State Department of Ecology
Floodplain Planner at Washington State Department of Ecology
Barn Technician (Pennsylvania Region) at Country View Family Farms
Barn Technician (Indiana Region) at Country View Family Farms
Clinical Laboratory Scientist I at Exact Sciences
Plastics Recycled Content Specialist (Two Positions) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Senior Data Analyst/SAS Programmer - Patient-Centered Research at Evidera
Toxicologist 2 at Washington State Department of Ecology
Solid Waste Data Analyst at Washington State Department of Ecology
Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) DSEPD Fellowships
Materials Analyst, Dual Beam at Eurofins EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies
AFM Scientist at Eurofins EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies
Scientist, SIMS at Eurofins EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies
Entry Level Scientist - Physical Chemistry at PPD
Research Associate at Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis
Research Engineer, Advanced Prototypes at SRI International
Research Physicist, Nanophotonics at SRI International
Senior Scientist Infectious Disease Research at Southern Research Institute
Scientist 1 - Infectious Disease Research at Southern Research Institute
Northeast Seniors for Better Living VISTA at City of Saint Paul
DIVA Moms- Minnesota Community Care at City of Saint Paul
City of Saint Paul Equity VISTA at City of Saint Paul
Accelerator Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Postdoc in Self-Assembly in Optically Active Nanostructures at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Postdoc in Neutrino Physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Microbiologist at Sterilex
Watershed Health and Effectiveness Monitoring Unit Supervisor at Washington State Department of Ecology
Materials Analyst at Eurofins EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies
Aquatic Lands Unit Supervisor at Washington State Department of Ecology
Sr. Manager, Clinical Quality Assurance at 4D Molecular Therapeutics
Senior Smoke Management Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In Training) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Part-time Histology Technician at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)
Monitoring Strategy Coordinator (6PPD) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022 at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Research Associate-Analytical Chemistry 2021-1607 at Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute
Grain & Agronomy Operations at UNITED COOPERATIVE
Agronomy Dry Plant Manager / Operations Lead at UNITED COOPERATIVE
Biostatistician I at Rho, Inc.
Animal Care and Clinical Technician at Precigen Exemplar
Senior Associate Scientist, Technical Transfer at Exact Sciences
Sr Associate Scientist I, Assay Transfer at Exact Sciences
Bioscience Research Associate - Neurobiology at SRI International
Bioscience Research Associate II at SRI International
Senior/Research Associate, Cell Technologies at Arbor Biotechnologies
Fellowship - Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Novo Nordisk
Electrochemical R&D at Sinocare
XRD/XRR Scientist at Eurofins EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies
Hazardous Waste Specialist (In Training) at Washington State Department of Ecology
Lead Scientist, Analytics - Mass Spectrometry at Catalent
Senior Research Scientist – GPU Computation at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)
Regional Hydrogeologist at Washington State Department of Ecology
Scientist 1, Bioconjugation and cell biology at Proteintech Group
Baby Imaging Specialist - Indianapolis at Cranial Technologies, Inc.
Quality Control Scientist - Biotech at COUR Pharmaceuticals Development Company, Inc.
Food Scientist at Dairy Farmers of America
Manager, Market Research at National Association of Manufacturers
Grain Scale Operator at UNITED COOPERATIVE
Grain Operations Worker at UNITED COOPERATIVE
Hazardous Waste Information Unit Supervisor at Washington State Department of Ecology
Chemist at First Priority
Agronomy Sales Specialist at UNITED COOPERATIVE
Software Tester at Clango Inc
QC Analyst at Valent BioSciences, LLC
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Electrochemical Systems Simulations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Training Specialist III (Crane, IN) at AI Signal Research, Inc.
Training Specialist II (Crane, IN) at AI Signal Research, Inc.
Research Associate - Mass Spectrometry at Adimab, LLC
SEM Analyst at Eurofins EAG Laboratories and Nanolab Technologies
Sr Research Scientist 1 at Promega Corporation
Postdoctoral Fellow Clonal Evolution of Cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Quantum Sensing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Engineer (Metallurgical and Materials) at AI Signal Research, Inc.
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ecosystem and Microbial Ecology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Synthetic Organic Chemistry at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sr Research Scientist 1 - Cell-Based Technologies at Promega Corporation
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Microscopy of Catalysts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Quantum Material Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Materials Scientist at FemtoDx, Inc.
Certified Master Social Worker at Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Neuroscience Specialty Representative (Redding, CA) at Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Forestry Superintendent at City of Wheaton
Drill Rig Operator at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Omaha District
Marine Corps Officer Training for Students and Graduates at United States Marine Officer Programs Iowa City, IA
Horticulture + Landscape Maintenance at Country Landscapes, Inc.
Landscaping crew member, St Paul MN at Living Space Landscapes
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
Associate Neuroscience Specialty Representative (Santa Barbara, CA) at Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Clinical Research Coordinator I/II (TAM2002.21) at Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR)
Senior Scientist/Group Leader, Peptide Process Research & Development at WuXi AppTec, Inc.
Work Planner at ECI
Clinical Molecular Geneticist at PreventionGenetics
Health Educator and Outreach Manager at Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Sample of Science Research Internships & Student Employment Jobs in Handshake

RD&A Summer Intern at Corbion
Industrial Chemist Intern at Bayer
Intern, Health Economics & Outcome Research at Horizon Therapeutics
Associate Analytical Chemist - Summer Internship at Eurofins
2022 Pfizer Statistics Internships at Pfizer, Inc.
Agronomy Intern - Central IL at Pivot Bio
2022 ODNR Statewide Summer Internship at Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Research Scientist Intern at Promega Corporation
Summer 2022 Learning & Development Intern at Dairy Farmers of America
Intern - Decentralized Clinical Trials at ICON plc
Intern - Project Delivery at ICON plc
Research Scientist Intern at Promega Corporation
Summer 2022 Research & Development Intern at Dairy Farmers of America
Wildlife Care and Management Internship (Carnivores) – Minnesota at Wildlife Science Center
Intern - Geology Intern (5020505) at Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Grower Intern at Green Circle Growers
IFAW Wildlife Policy and Management Internship - Spring 2022 (REMOTE/VIRTUAL) at The International Fund for Animal Welfare
Wildlife Trade Data and Technology Intern - Spring 2022 (REMOTE/VIRTUAL) at The International Fund for Animal Welfare
Intern - Biosciences R&D Undergraduate Year Round at Sandia National Laboratories
Technical Service / Research & Development Internships - Franklinton & RTP, NC at Novozymes
Environmental Scientist Intern at TRC Companies
Environmental Science Intern for Planning, Permitting, Licensing at TRC Companies
2022 Summer Internship - Chemistry - Multi-Location req # 52903 at Freeport-McMoRan
Tech and Genetic Services Intern at ABS Global
Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education (DiVERGE) Program at Scripps Research Education & Training
Summer Intern - Downstream Process Development at Thermo Fisher Scientific
QC Summer Intern at Thermo Fisher Scientific
Process Engineering Summer Intern - Bedford, Massachusetts at Thermo Fisher Scientific
Process Engineering Summer Intern - Chelmsford, Massachusetts at Thermo Fisher Scientific
Beef Genetic Nucleus Herd Intern at ABS Global
TIPS Training Specialist at U.S. Dept. of Interior - Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Arborist Trainee Summer Internship | New York City Metro at Davey
FMC Rochelle Illinois Field Station Research Internship at FMC Corporation
Field Operations Internship at PowerPollen
Seed Research Co-op - Slater, IA (18032221) at Syngenta
Seeds Operations Intern - Slater, IA (18031870) at Syngenta
Fermentation Research & Development Intern at Green Plains Inc.
Corporate Governance Intern at State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Data Reporting Intern at State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Summer 2022 Internship at ICON plc
Mine Geology Intern at Eagle Mine
Vegetable Field Production Research Intern - Pasco, WA (18032344) at Syngenta
Agronomy Corn Nursery Intern - Slater, IA (18031449) at Syngenta
Agronomy Seeds Production Intern - Slater, IA (18031623) at Syngenta
2022 Clinical Trial Operations Development Program Internship at AbbVie
Quality Engineer Intern- Summer 2022 at Medline Industries, Inc.
R&D Product Development Intern- Summer 2022 at Medline Industries, Inc.
Volunteer Program Fall Intern - Los Angeles, CA at Best Friends Animal Society
Visual Media Intern Summer 2022 at Project Chimps
Chimpanzee Care Intern Summer 2022 at Project Chimps
Blog Writer Intern Summer 2022 at Project Chimps
Intern - Public Policy Research - Spring 2022 at Cato Institute
Agronomy Internship Experience at UNITED COOPERATIVE
Wastewater Laboratory Testing Fall Internship at Veolia North America
Blog Writer Intern Spring 2022 at Project Chimps
Blog Writer Intern Winter 2021/2022 at Project Chimps
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
Intern in Nano-Medical Technology at NanoMedTrix, LLC
Animal Care Intern/Volunteer at Ocean Connections
Wildlife Rehabilitation Nursery Intern at Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota
ABS Global Supply Chain Intern- Barns/Distribution at ABS Global
Experteze Internship at Experteze
Fitness Intern at Exact Sciences
Social Media or Graphic Design Fellow for Climate Solutions at U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Beef InFocus Intern (Beef on Dairy Program) at ABS Global
Breeding Intern, Winter Wheat at KWS Cereals USA
Fall 2021 Internship Program - Syneos Health at Syneos Health
Landscape Services Intern at LID Landscapes & James Martin Associates, Inc.
Health Scientist Intern at Cardno
Level 1 Animal Care Internship at Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary
Level 2 Animal Care Internship (June-Dec) at Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary
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