Carrier Opportunities In Research Techniques Of Biological Science

Scientific India|March - April 2020

Carrier Opportunities In Research Techniques Of Biological Science
The difference between job and carrier is that, a job has minimal impact on your future work life, while a career provides experience and learning to fuel the future. Basic education was all meant about for getting a job opportunity in the past.
Sanjib Borah, Simson Soren, Reema Talukder and Sukanya Chakraborty

Then the era comes when graduation became a mandatory and in recent days almost everyone are aware of post-graduation and doctoral programme. When it comes to getting a good salaried job these days there is huge struggle. The carrier aspirant wants to have the highest of all qualifications in order to compete with the present generation. However, looking at the employer's point of view, one with the best experience in its relevant field is considered worthy of his attention. So, one must know the essential requirement of an ideal candidate in the eyes of the recruiter.

Present job market offers researchers a huge diversity of career opportunities in various roles and sectors. A researcher role is found in academia, policy development and advocacy, financial services, market and social research etc. Research is a profession for those who have willingness to transform technologies for tomorrow and want to create life-changing technologies. Aspirants, wishing to make a mark in research field, should have comprehensive knowledge in the related scientific or engineering stream. For that, a master degree in science stream is required and in many cases any other graduate qualification covering the relevant area of research and specialization is generally considered an ideal qualification. If one thought research and development in science as a career choice the biotechnology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical industry has an endless scope. Once one identifies possible career paths of interest, they should learn as much as about them. Hence, let have a glance at certain research techniques which may help to build a strong career in the biology, health care, biotechnology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical industry etc.

1. General Molecular Biology techniques These techniques are applicable to cloning, gene expression and also one need to be familiar with bioinformatics approaches to oligonucleotide design, in silico cloning, identifying genes and use of basic alignment tools to be a part of the research and development team. A researcher is required to work in multidimensions. Completing Ph.D does not necessarily mean that you are an expert of it, which you can achieve in hands-on training via workshops.

2. Chromatographic techniques: It includes techniques like Normal Phase and Reversed Phase chromatography which are easier to understand concept-wise however; practically it takes time to standardize and get the equipment run damage free. The issue is no one will let you handle the instrument by yourself. In well-known laboratories like PU, NCL, you are only asked to provide the sample which is then analysed by an expert technician. Companies like Piramal Healthcare, Nilsan Nishotech Systems Pvt Ltd, Rhydburg Pharmaceuticals Ltd etc. recruit candidates either as an apprentice or permanent positions who are required to have sound experience in basic protein purification and characterization work via chromatography techniques alongside basic immunohistochemistry techniques or ELISA assays.

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