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Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, & Bioinformatics (MB3)

What can I do with this Discipline/major?

Common Career Titles for Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics (MB3) from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Biological Technicians
Biomedical Engineers
Chemical Technicians
Chemists and Material Scientists
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Environmental Scientists and Specialists
High School Teachers
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
Microbiologists
Natural Science Managers
Postsecondary Teachers
Quality Control Inspectors
Technical Writers
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists


Other Job Titles:
Agricultural Chemist
Animal Scientist
Aqua Culturist
Bioinformatician
Bioinformatics Analyst
Biometrician
Biostatistician
Computational Biologist
Computational Chemist
Computational Research Analyst
Consumer Safety Officer
Food and Drug Inspector
Food Chemist
Food Scientist
Lab Technician
Organic Chemist
Patent Agent
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Soil Chemist
Toxicologist
Water Chemist

Additional Resources - Careers in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics (MB3)

Vault Downloadable Guides

  • Vault Guide to Biotech
  • Vault Guide to Environmental Careers
  • Vault Guide to Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing

Follow these instructions to download the guides listed above:

  1. Log in to Vault.com (The first time you log in, you will need to follow the "New to Vault?" instructions. You must use your TU email address to create an account.)
  2. Click on the "Guides" tab on the far right
  3. Click on "Browse Guides (A to Z)" and click through the list to find the title you want.
  4. Click the "View Guide"" button to access the guide

Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources.

TU Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics (MB3) Department Internship Coordinator: Dr. Larry Wimmers

Research/Internship Opportunities:

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

The sample resumes are provided for your information. We encourage you to look at the resume sample for your major in addition to the other samples that are included in our resume sample database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions for all candidates, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the Interview Skills section of the Career Center’s Web site. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

  • What influenced you to become a scientist?
  • What is your research background to date, including your publications and your experience in (molecular biology/biochemistry/bioinformatics)?
  • What specific techniques have you used for your experiments?
  • Every cell in the body contains the whole genome, yet at any given time, most genes are switched off rather than on. What is the mechanism which determines whether any particular gene is or isn’t expressed at a particular time?
  • What is computational biology?
  • Tell us about the different kinds of DNA sequences.
  • What technique is used to measure the number of copies of a gene or an RNA molecule in human tissues?
  • What are the limitations of blotting techniques and what alternatives can you suggest?
  • Aside from classroom texts and experience, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development?
  • Give us an example of when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
  • There are plenty of times where you will be on a strict deadline to submit proposals for grant money or to complete an experiment. How would you describe your time management and organization skills?
  • Please discuss your familiarity with lab techniques/instrumentation from lab courses or internships (i.e., aseptic technique, cell culture, running of various types of assays, PCR, gel electrophoresis, Western Blotting, DNA/RNA extraction or purification, HPLC, GC/MS, UV-Vis).

Medical/Dental/Pharmacy School Interview Questions:

  • What was your favorite class? Least favorite?
  • What kind of first impression do you think you make?
  • What would you do if you did not get into medicine/dentistry/pharmacy school?
  • How would your professor/friend/boss describe you?
  • What do you think about managed care?
  • Do you see a difference between disease and illness?
  • Why medicine/dentistry/pharmacy?
  • What qualities make a good doctor/dentist/pharmacist?
  • Who is your role model?
  • What is the number one problem in the world today?
  • Tell us about a time you dealt with criticism. How did you deal with it?
  • What do you dislike about the field of medicine/dentistry/pharmacy?
  • Are you a leader or a follower?
  • Tell us what you know about current ethical issues/trends in the field (importing drugs, affordability, selling meds with alcohol and tobacco, etc.).
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
  • Do you think your test scores would reflect your true abilities?
  • What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of medical/dental/pharmacy school?
  • If you had all the resources in the world to do whatever you wanted for one weekend, what would you do?
  • Describe the research you have done in your field.
  • Tell us what you know about the Affordable Care Act.
  • In your opinion, what is the state of medical care in the U.S.? What’s the number one problem? What would you do to fix it?
  • How do you handle stress/relax?
  • Is there anything related to the field of medicine/dentistry/pharmacy you feel you would not be good at?
  • Tell me about a time you dealt with criticism? How did you deal with it?
  • Why our school?
  • Why should we admit you?
  • If you were a drug, what would it be?
  • Are you comfortable coming into contact with people with infectious diseases?
  • Would you fulfill a prescription for drugs used for euthanasia?
  • If a friend of yours was dating a person you knew to be HIV positive (perhaps based on the prescriptions he/she was taking), what would you do?
  • What place does religion have in healthcare?
  • If you found out that a mother of a child asthma patient was smoking around the child, what would you do?
  • Pharmacists are the only healthcare professionals who earn a living selling a product. What do you think about that?

Professional Associations

 

 

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