Jobs in the D.C. region

9/8/2017 11:18:50 AM

While there are plenty of D.C. haters from coast to coast, the truth is that the metropolitan region has a lot to offer in terms of employment, culture and entertainment.

D.C. is, obviously, home to many government agencies that require scientific expertise. It’s also home to many educational institutions, nonprofits and biotech companies that need high-skilled employees.

If you’ve never considered living in or near the nation’s capital, just imagine being able to run down to Capitol Hill to attend a hearing that interests you, showing off your clever sign-making skills in a sea of demonstrators at the gates of the White House, enjoying Ethiopian cuisine, or attending the Kennedy Center Honors in person.

Take it from this transplanted Texan: What D.C. lacks in terms of Mexican food, fashion-forwardness and affordable housing it makes up for with four distinct (but not extreme) seasons, lovely parklands and trails, free Smithsonian museums and galleries, and architecturally charming neighborhoods and shopping districts.

Here is a sampling of jobs in the region.

Science jobs

AstraZeneca (locations worldwide) has more than 200 openings at its Gaithersburg, Md., location. Many of them are business-focused positions (marketing and financial). But there are plenty of research positions, including some at Medimmune.

The Carnegie Institution for Science’s headquarters is in D.C., but it has labs in Baltimore (near Johns Hopkins University) and at other locations in the U.S. Here are the most relevant D.C.-area openings:

  • Postdoc for Steven Farber’s lab in the Department of Embryology.
  • Another postdoc in the Department of Embryology.
  • Investigator, which is the equivalent of an assistant professor, in the Department of Embryology.
  • Staff associate to “pursue highly original and innovative biological research” in the Department of Embryology

The J. Craig Venter Institute (Rockville, Md., and La Jolla, Calif.) frequently has a dozen or more openings. Today, it has half a dozen science-related positions available in the D.C. area, including two synthetic biology research associate openings, two synthetic biology postdoc positions, an infectious diseases postdoc position and a genomic medicine postdoc position. See all the postings. Also, the institute has an internship program.

NantOmics (locations nationwide) is one of several companies under the umbrella of NantWorks. Here’s how NantOmics describes itself: “Combining DNA sequencing, RNA sequencing, and quantitative proteomics, NantOmics offers extensive testing capabilities that provide a comprehensive molecular profile of a patient’s cancer. Our proprietary analytical platform delivers molecular diagnostic capabilities that provide actionable intelligence and molecularly driven decision support for cancer patients and their providers at the point of care.” The Rockville, Md., location has the following openings:

REGENEXBIO (Rockville, Md.) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that focuses on gene therapy. It has three R&D openings now:

Salubris Biotherapeutics (Gaithersburg, Md.) is advertising on Indeed an opening for a “scientist/senior scientist/principal scientist — analytical — mass spec.” I could not find a website for this biotech company. I did find this press release for a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this year at the company’s new R&D lab.


Jobs away from the bench

If you’re looking for a position in the policy/lobbying/cause arena, start by checking out the DC Public Affairs + Communications Jobs blog, which (full disclosure) was the inspiration for our jobs blog.

If you’re thinking about working for an association – like the ASBMB – start at the job board by the American Society of Association Executives. (Yes, it’s an association for association people. There’s an association for everything in D.C.)

Want to be a part of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology family? Check out the FASEB human resources page. It has posts from all the scientific societies under the FASEB umbrella. This is not to be confused with FASEB’s job board, which also is a good resource but not region- or association-specific.

The Carnegie Institution for Science is seeking an experienced STEM educator to train teachers involved in the institution’s high-school outreach programs.

Gryphon Scientific (Takoma Park, Md.) is a consulting company hiring research assistants with bachelor’s degrees in the life sciences. Here’s an excerpt: “As a Gryphon (research assistant), you will participate in projects focused on public safety, homeland security and emerging infectious disease. Most projects require analysis of publications in professional journals with the goal of extracting and summarizing relevant information.” The listing emphasizes that research assistants will use analytical and quantitative skills – but will do no bench work.


Federal jobs

Finally, if you wish to work as a scientist or other professional for the federal government (and have the patience for enduring a long application process), visit

Angela Hopp is ASBMB’s communications director and ASBMB Today’s executive editor. Follow her on Twitter.

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