Biomedical research is the broad area of science that involves the investigation of the biological process and the cause of disease. Scientists discover ways to prevent ill-health, and to develop beneficial products, medications, and procedures to treat and cure diseases and conditions that cause illness. This research can be carried out in various settings:
- Industrial research
- Government agencies
- Hospitals and medical facilities
- Non-government institutions
- Foreign institutions
You can become involved in research at a variety of levels. These careers will often require you to gain experience early on in your undergraduate career.
Successful candidates have:
- Analytical skills
- Laboratory and/or technical skills
- Ability to work independently or on a multidisciplinary team
- Strong academic accomplishments and content knowledge
- Organizational skills
- Research experience
- Oral and written communication skills
Hiring and application cycle:
- Internship cycle - competitive programs in the fall and spring
- Graduate program application cycle - fall
- Job cycle - fall and spring
Us the links below to find research opportunities.
- Office of Undergraduate Research
- National Science Foundation’s List of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)
- Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)
- Medzilla, Jobs in Healthcare, Pharma and Science
- Biotech Internships
Do I need an advanced degree?
Several entry level research and technical positions are available without an advanced degree including research associate and assistant positions. These positions are valuable opportunities to gain experience in the field in order to further your career in research. To rise from entry level positions and make research a full time career, an advanced degree will be necessary. Learn more about graduate school, including finding out whether it is right for you, identifying programs, and the application process through our Graduate School page.
You can learn more about Biomedical Science PhD programs through the Association of American Medical Colleges.
This area takes place within an academic setting for the purpose of advancing knowledge and can include teaching.
This type of research focuses on the development of new products, processes or services or for bringing about a significant improvement to existing products, processes or services.
As the other areas of research, this area performs research for the benefit of governmental agencies and institutions.
- National Institutes of Health
- National Science Foundation
- US Food and Drug Administration
- White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Department of Energy - Joint Genome Institute
- Department of Defense - DARPA
Biomedical researchers can carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease within hospital settings.
- National Science Foundation News
- National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)