Biotech Career Tips
Lots of people have aptitude for
particular sector but either they could not recognize it or could not
enter in that field, all due to lack of proper career guidance or due to
misguidance. If you want to pursue contributory, satisfying and
successful career in research and production divisions of biotech
industry, then you must follow the most probable sequence of approach
Check Your Biotech Aptitude
Select Best Educational Institute
Set Your Goal
Strengthen Your Knowledge
Plan Industrial Training & Do It
Develop Your Personality and Communication
Systematically Write Your Resume
Know Interview Process and
Questions in Biotech Industry
Check Your Biotech
are well established private and public biotech sectors in India,
offering enough job opportunities to the deserving candidates. So it is
better to check your
first, so that you don't make any regret later on.
Select Best Educational
Go for Institute which
has got best laboratories, (you can check its practical exercise
syllabus), Specialized faculty, Industrial training and placement
related activities. Graduates (having B.Sc. degrees) are not
always preferred and eligible for research jobs in biotechnology
industry, therefore one must at least go for Post Graduate Degree in any
applied branch of biosciences.
There are certain parameters on the basis of which one can check the
standard of any biotech educational institute. You can ask for following
information whenever you visit any institute for admission:
Check quantity and quality of
laboratories, types and number of equipments, rate of the
equipments, as there are very small but costly equipments and vice
versa. Computer lab with internet connectivity is a must to keep
yourself in touch with the latest happenings in biotech industry and
get yourself updated regularly. Now a days for training and job
applications online applications are needed. Very few private
biotech companies advertise their job vacancies on newspapers.
Faculty Qualification, Experience and
As biotech involves numerous
specialized branches, so specialized faculties with industrial
exposure are needed to teach the students.
Instrumentation and Practical Exercises:
Since biotech is an industry based
subject, the practical exercises performed during the course must be
industry oriented or must have some connection with the work going
on in the industry. These industry oriented exercises will only be
performed if an institute will have most of the following
laboratories and equipments in it :
Plant and Animal Tissue Culture and Microbial culture labs, Genetic
Engineering lab, Bioprocess Engineering and Heat and Mass Transfer labs,
Protein Engineering lab, Bioinformatics lab, Microbial Technology lab,
Biochemistry lab, Molecular Biology lab, Developmental Biology lab,
Immunology lab, Environmental Biotechnology lab and Enzyme technology
List of Major Equipments
UV-VISIBLE spectrophotometer, PCR, HPLC, Electrophoresis like- SDS-PAGE,
Agarose gel electrophoresis and 2D gel electrophoresis units, Genetic
transformation Unit, DNA and Protein sequencer, High speed refrigerated
ultracentrifuge, Mass flow meter, Lyophillizer, Air sampler, Microbial
colony counter, Flow cytometer, Gas chromatography unit, Electronic
balances, BOD incubator, Automatic shakers, Animal cell culture
fermenter, Laminar airflow etc. These are some basic instruments which a
biotech student must know how to handle. There are so many training
institutes which provide summer trainings to the students on payment
basis. Students can learn these techniques if they don't have good lab
facilities in their institutes through these institutes. Besides these
above instruments running industries have several other instruments and
mechanical setup in their research and production divisions which any
educational institute can not afford/borrow or install in their campus.
Such instruments can only be learnt in these industries during your
summer trainings and dissertation/project work. Looking at the vast and
varied branches of biotechnology you should take your industrial
training very seriously with specific future job oriented goal in your
Check out to what extent the institute
interacts with the biotech industry as it is an industry based
subject, so mere classroom study is not going to solve your
objective. Find out whether the institute has any tie-up with
biotech industries for any R&D work. Do check how many projects the
institute has received from the funding agencies? Ask for the number
of scientific patents the institute has received. Check whether the
institute has running laboratories where active research goes on
throughout the year?
Student’s Placements and Satisfaction:
Students who have passed out from the institute are
the best source of information which you are looking for. It is
student’s satisfaction with their placements which matters. If an
institute claims that it places the students then do check the
number of candidates placed, their salary packages and companies in
which they are placed ? If the placement is not satisfactory
then it is a matter of concern. You must contact the previous
students for the feedback. They will tell you their real
experiences. Do ask for the contact details and phone number of the
previous students of that institute. How often companies visit the
institute for placement? Whether the placement is through student’s
own effort or institute has played any role in it.
Set Your Goal:
As we have seen in the home page there are numerous branches of
biotechnology, therefore choose one or two fields in which you are
interested, or where job opportunities are maximum. Do check the market
capital or demand and the future trends in such branches. Prepare
yourself strictly as per the market demands of the fields you have
targeted. You can also check our business status pages given
under various branches of biotechnology.
Strengthen Your Knowledge:
Continuously update yourself in the fields of your choice both market
wise and theoretical & research knowledge wise. Keep in touch with the
latest happenings and the future prospects in your field. Prepare one or
two projects related with the industrial demands or aspects of your
field, so that you can present them during the interview, as now the
leading companies demand for such projects along with the applications.
In abroad such projects are compulsory.
Books, Study materials and Magazine:
Always go for quality study materials. Always purchase
good books only, having international standards. Now several such books
are available at low prices particularly for students of Indian
subcontinents and other underdeveloped and poor countries. Like a 1000
rupees book will be available for around 200 rupees. These books are
mostly though bulky but will make your fundamentals very strong and you
need not to correct your notes again and again.
There are so many books magazines and other study materials which are
available free online. Students should take the benefits of these books.
We have tried to bring most of such
biotechnology books and study materials
Plan Industrial Training
and Do It Aggressively:
Select the industry related to your field and go for training after
every session end. Go through the companies website and also through
various job website (given in this website also), and see their
technical eligibility requirement. Make a list of the company’s
requirements and cover those requirements in the research/summer
trainings. During your industrial training be disciplined and follow
your instructor or guide, work dedicatedly, so that in future you can
start your career from the institute itself, if your work and behaviour
is good your guide or instructor can recommend you to some other good
companies. So training is a place where you can make and increase your
network. Training will make you confident in front of interviewing
committee, because these trainings will some how be considered as your
job experience, if the field of training and the job vacancy are same.
How to prepare a
A project must have following titles and it should not
be more than 10 pages (A4, double spaced typed):
It should comprise
some qualities like- it should give some hint of the result of the
project and more importantly reflect industry demand/benefits or
should explain in brief the objects on which you are working, and
its importance, giving authentic historical references. Collect
market data on the said topic. It should have authentic datas. The
project should be cost effective. It shouldn’t be hypothetical. As
huge amount of money is spent in research. So you project must be
very close to reality.
Explain why you are
doing the projects and the expected result.
Plan of work:
Write stepwise What
experiments you will perform in the project and how you will
proceed. Give the timeline of the project. Expected duration.
Calculate the economic aspects of the project like how much
manpower, space, lab facilities, duration will be needed to complete
Finally write the References you have quoted in the project in a
particular standard format, for that you can see any standard
research journal. Your reference information also must be very
authentic and taken from standard source.
Develop Your Personality
and Communication Skills:
These are now the integral part of any interview process.
These skills can help you put good first impression at the interview
desk. As these skills classes are not included in your regular degree
course, that’s why you need to learn them outside your classrooms. These
skills, in fact play some role in your selection, though the first and
foremost requirement is your knowledge. Personality development and
communication skills classes let you know about the hidden skills you
are having, help built up your confidence, and correct the usual
mistakes you do and better our presentation skills. These are now
available in every town and city. The training hardly takes more than
three months and if you are a little bit concerned it is sure that you
will learn a lot from these classes. The fee charges are also nominal if
you compare it with the fee you pay for the biotechnology courses.
It can start from around Rs. 3000.00 to Rs. 10,000.00 onwards.
Maximum biotech jobs are
now-a-days available online and you have to apply for them online.
Though we will try to post all the biotech jobs opened in India in our
Jobs Openings page. Still
one can directly check the company's website for recent openings. Do
check the eligibilities companies are looking for in their candidates.
Systematically Write Your Resume:
If you want to make career in Biotechnology you must have a scientific
aptitude and deep interest in life sciences. Other essential skills
required for successful career in this field are analyzing and
interpreting skills, problem solving skills, IT skills. You must be
methodical and patient by nature, able to work neatly and accurately,
have a flair for laboratory work. Since you will be dealing with
toughest problems therefore you must have the ability to work
independently, nobody is going to give you his or her brain and time.
Approaching any Biotech industry you need to do some rigorous
preparations. First write quality Covering
letter and Resume.
A good covering
letter should always accompany a resume. Through covering letter you can
introduce yourself and generate interest. Covering letter should be of
one page only.
rules while writing any covering letter:
Use ‘Arial’ font
Write your name
and address on top right side
recipient’s name and company’s address on left side. Write date
below the recipient’s address.
salutation (e.g. Dear Sir/Dear Mr. Smith), you should mention the
reference of the subject, (e.g. Re: Vacancy biotechnology scientist
Body of the
covering letter: Divide the body into 3-4 paragraphs
First Para: Talk
about the complementary things (product, services) of the company
you are applying for, you have heard or read from friends, website
Highlight 2-3 main points from your CV, correlate the company’s
demand with your personal skills.
Write in 1-2 lines about the possibility of any call or interview,
and finally end the letter with ‘Yours faithfully’ if the salutation
is ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Yours sincerely’ if it is ‘Dear Mr. Smith’.
below your name for the documents including the CV you are going to
attach with the covering letter.
Curriculum Vitae and Resume:
Both are marketing documents which highlight
information about your education, professional skills, experiences and
personal skills that present you as a suitable candidate for the post.
Very shortly you can include following headings and subheadings while
writing your CV.
at the center, top of the page.
thesis/dissertation titles (if any)
Experience (If applying for Teaching post):
Academic Honors and
Other Skills Developed
Know Interview Process
Individual company has its own interview process. Like in big companies
there are several round of interview where one has to face HR, Subject
specialist etc. In their job openings every company mentions what
qualification and professional skills the company is looking for. So
while you are pursuing your degree course, make a list of the
eligibility criteria and professional skills required for particular
branch after going through various companies WebPages. Simultaneously do
your trainings/Dissertation/Research and career oriented courses
according to that requirement. Don’t wait till you finish your degree.
Prepare it now.
asked in interview