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I had a phone interview almost 3 weeks ago and was told that they just started the process and will get back to me in couple of weeks. I applied on-line but also wrote to head of the department previously about opening(s) and my name was passed along by former boss/past employee of that particular company. Do you think it is OK to inquire with the person who set up the interview to ask if they started setting on-site interviews?

Received a reply: I regret to inform the position has been closed due to management plans.
What does it mean? They eliminated position all together or froze hiring?

Peer reviewing

Короче, я потихонечку делаю себе резюме. Не то чтобы меня сильно манил мир биотеха, но чем шут не чертит. Все записал туда: образование, публикации, опыт работы и пр. Теперь такой вопрос: последний год мне один редактор одного довольно матерого журнала по имейлу присылает статьи проспективных авторов для рецензии, что я для него совершенно безвоздмездно делал (не то чтобы море работы, по одной статье в несколько месяцев). Мне этот опыт кажется вполне достойным заноса в резюме, но только я не уверен можно ли это делать, потому что весь процесс рецензирования анонимен и покрыт тайной. Итак, заносят ли такие вещи в резюме? Можно ли называть журнал и имя редактора для которого я старался? Ну и в конце концов, интересно ли это работодателю? Заранее спасибо соучастникам.
Last semester I graduated with PhD in Pharmacology and now, while I'm trying to find a job in industry, I feel that I need to clarify some things. I read several discussions in this community about postdoc in academia vs. postdoc or another position in industry, but it is still not clear to me whether doing an academic postdoc will increase my chances of finding a job in industry.

Also, some big pharma companies hire the majority of their staff through employment agencies and such positions are usually contract-based. Do they hire PhD-level staff through employment agencies as well?

And finally I'm kind of lost with the positions titles, especially when job openings are posted by these employment agencies, as they often do not provide a lot of information about the hiring company or even the required level of education.  Do positions advertised as Scientist or Research Associate include PhD level positions?

And the last one. I would really appreciate if somebody explained me how you get into clinical and regulatory fields.

Thanks in advance!
Второй год подряд подаю заявки на гранты в DOD и второй год подряд пролет.

Вопрос практический к тем кому удалось получить от них денег.
Что они любят?
Какие модели?
Каких коллабораторов  - военных, гражданских вы брали?
Кого лучше приглашать в консультанты? 
Какие публикации и где они уважают?
Да, нигде не нашла принцип формирования study sections при DOD. Как они отбирают рецензентов?

Если кто здесь имеет опыт c этим агенством, буду благодарна за информацию.
Спасибо!

Career in BioTech

This May I am finishing my B.Sc program in Biochemical Engineering from the Jacobs University Bremen. My plan is to take some time off studying and gain some hands-on experience in industry (later on i am planning to pursue masters+phd)

To be honest, I am a bit lost - because so far in pretty much every big company the lowest requirements for any decent position (I hope that after 4 years of very intense program i wont end up cleaning lab equipment) are at least masters with a few years of practical experience...and i dont have either, only BSc and less than a year of internship.

That's why any advice/help would be very appreciated (what to do, where to apply, etc)

Bulat

For those who are looking for  new exciting job opportunities with biotech companies, Regeneron is planning to fill out about 400 positions in the coming year of 2010:

http://www.fiercebiotech.com/story/sanofi-expands-blockbuster-pact-regeneron/2009-11-11?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

New York-based Regeneron is blueprinting plans for a $40 million expansion of its facilities, paving the way for the developer to add 400 new jobs--primarily in research. One hundred of those positions will be in East Greenbush, while 300 hires are planned for its Westchester County complex. As part of its expansion, Regeneron is upgrading a 131,000-square-foot building--the third research facility it has in Tarrytown . The biotech company recently completed two new facilities on the site. Regeneron has been on a roll recently; about a month ago, the biotech announced that Sanofi-Aventis had expanded its research partnership, committing to pay Regeneron more than a billion dollars over eight years. "Because we have the type of business where we are moving product candidates through the pipeline, in the beginning we will need people who do the research," a spokesperson tells the Albany Business Review, adding that once drug candidates are approved, "we will need people on the other end in Rensselaer ."


Regeneron has pretty good list of positions available at the company’s careers website and company’s HR and scientists are rather good on calling people back.  

Моя замечательная компания ищет мне замену. Позиция еще нигде не рекламировалась, поскольку я только сегодня сказала, что ухожу.
Место совершенно замечательное, тема - эпигенетика, но опыт в ней не обязателен - там достаточно спецов по теме. Насколько я понимаю, они будут искать человека гибкого, способного легко подхватывать знания и техники на лету и имеющего опыт в клеточной, молекулярной и раковой биологии. Но чётких требований к знаниям/умениям у них не будет - главное, что бы человек был хороший и с мозгами в правильном месте. Но это моё предположение, точной уверенности нет.
Что я могу сделать - это положить ваше резюме на стол начальнице, а она уже сама решит - подойдёт ли эй этот варинат или нет.
Это очень классная возможность для того, кто ценит человеческую атмосферу в компании с минимумом субардинации и бюрократии. В этой компании у вас будет возможность продвинуться даже без докторской. Никаких подковерных игр, минимум политики. Я честно говоря никогда не слышала, что такое бывает в фармацевтическом мире, пока сама туда не попала. Ухожу я по причинам, никак не связанным с этой компанией. И надо сказать, что я уже начинаю жалеть о своём решение (такая корова нужна самому :).


я - Модераторы, не удаляйте пожалуйста
Один из модераторов (я) - хорошо, не будем :)
For people who already working in the industry, what is the position of Principal means? I am talking about Genentech here, but if you know of existence of this rank/position in another company I would appreciate the explanation. Is it higher than Associate Director? Or Senior Scientist?

How to better ask for a meeting?

I have a situation where I need help in writing/framing a request for a meeting. There is a company where bunch of my former co-workers work now (starting with my former boss down to someone with whom I worked very closely for several years). I kept in touch with them over the years, and just recently was contacted to give a presentation about my recent publication (the request came from former co-worker, but the paper was forwarded to him by my former boss). After a presentation I was told (informally) that it maybe a time for me to contact several people on top there to discuss some opportunities in the company. What do I ask for? Do I write and ask to come up there and talk about possible positions? Or do I ask to just come and talk without the preset agenda?
Last year when I was thinking of switching fields (from academia to industry) I did talk to my former boss on the phone. Nothing was offered but she suggested that i send them a CV. I was not completely ready then, not in finishing PhD, and not in the decision in leaving an university. I am completely ready for the change now, and I would love to work in that company. Any help in 'professional' lingo is appreciated.
Dr. Howard Ochman is moving to Yale and searching for post docs to join his lab.