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Jobs Requiring an Advanced Degree (M.S., M.A., MBA, Ph.D., PharmD, MD)

Bioinformatics Analyst/ Programmer


per year Average base salary per year in Maryland
Job Description

Designs and develops software, databases, and interfaces for analyzing and manipulating genomic databases.


2+ years’ experience in a related discipline. Typically specialize at the graduate level

Research Associate


per year

Average base salary per year in Maryland

Job Description

Conducts research on projects independently and in collaboration with others, making detailed observations, analyzing data and interpreting results. Maintains an experimental notebook and prepares detailed reports, summaries, and protocols. Remains current with scientific literature and technology advances within a scientific discipline. May participate in scientific meetings and/or contribute to scientific literature.


2+ years of laboratory research experience

Plant Breeder


per year

Average base salary per year in Maryland

Job Description

Designs and executes plant breeding regimes in collaboration with larger research projects. Plans and manages resources including personnel for each project. Maintains an experimental notebook and prepares reports and protocols. May participate in the filing of patents.


2 years of plant breeding experience

Laboratory Manager


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Average base salary per year in Maryland

Job Description

Responsible for all operational aspects of the laboratory, including equipment, personnel, scheduling, supplies, software, documentation, and safety.


2 years of laboratory experience



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Average base salary per year in Maryland

Job Description

Works with others to define and perform analyses of databases for publications, presentations at investigator meetings, and for meetings of professional scientific and medical societies.


Biostatistics degree and 3-5 years related experience

Manufacturing Development Engineer


per year

Average base salary per year in Maryland

Job Description

Designs the processes and identifies equipment to scale-up from the laboratory through the pilot plant and the manufacturing plant. Recommends new processes and technologies to achieve desired costs and product quality. Involved in process improvement, technology transfer, and process-validation activities.


Biological, chemical, or pharmaceutical engineering degree. 2+ years relevant experience

Sales Manager


per year

Average base salary per year in Maryland

Job Description

Leads, motivates, and develops a team of sales professionals through excellent coaching, professional development, recruitment of talent, performance management, and ongoing technical training.


Degree in a scientific discipline. 3-5 years’ experience in sales positions. MBA desired, B.S. entry-level

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Washes, sterilizes and maintains glassware and equipment. Monitors inventory and laboratory supplies. May use industrial equipment, including an autoclave. 

0-2 years laboratory experience. 

Lab Animal Handler 

Provides daily care of animals for experimental purposes. Cleans cages and racks. Maintains detailed records and documents. 

GED, high school diploma and 1-2 years manufacturing, lab, or clinical care.

Medical Device Manufacturing Technician

Calibrating equipment, 3D printing, molding, casting, assembly, micro-electronics, station maintenance

Science degree and 0-2 yrs. laboratory experience.

Greenhouse Technician 


Performs tasks and protocols in the greenhouse to support scientific experimentation involving plants. Make detailed observations. Detects and cures horticultural or pest problems. Collects, records, analyzes data, and assists in the interpretation of results. 

0-2 years relevant greenhouse/plant experience. 

Validation Technician

Compiles and analyzes validation data, prepares reports, and makes recommendations for changes and/or improvements. May investigate and troubleshoot problems and determine solutions. Maintains appropriate validation documentation and files.

0-2 yrs. related experience.

Biorepository Technician

Facilitates the daily operation of the biorepository, which includes management of inventory, processing, distribution, storage, and disposition of biological materials.

0-2 years relevant experience 

Cell Culture Technician

Performs a variety of laboratory tasks and techniques, following protocols, making observations, and recording data. Maintains an experimental notebook and may provide summaries regarding experiments. 

0-2 years related experience.

Clinical Data Assistant

Responsible for the entry and formatting of clinical data from investigative sites for statistical purposes. 

0-2 years data entry experience. 

Clinical Administrator 

Develops internal record keeping system(s), including maintaining and auditing data and providing status and activity reports as required. Responsible for data entry and validation to ensure legibility, completeness, and consistency of data. Assists users with requests for clinical documents and works with physicians and/or their staff to clarify any questionable information. Audits internal patient files and studies and assists with the development and evaluation of clinical record documents.

0-2 years related experience.

Packaging Operator 

Uses packaging systems to label, inspect, and package final products to comply with regulatory requirements. Enters data, prints computer-generated labels, and maintains records. Performs initial checks of completed documents for completeness and accuracy.

0-2 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment. 

Shipping & Receiving Technician 

Records all materials shipped and received by a company. Pulls, packs and stages orders for delivery, ensuring order details and product integrity. Verifies incoming materials, maintains inventory levels, and identifies losses.

Aseptic Fill Technician

Aseptic fill procedures in manufacturing processes.

0-2 years’ experience. 

Environmental Technician

Water/air sampling and monitoring, processing permits, calibration and maintenance of scientific monitoring, data collection, and routine analysis. Records and maintains periodic data, logs, and information files.

Some specialized training

Manufacturing Technician 

Manufactures and packages products. Operates small production equipment to weigh, measure, and check raw materials. Ensures manufactured batches contain the proper ingredients and quantities. Maintains records and production areas to comply with regulatory requirements. 

3+ years training or experience. 

Receptionist – Not specific to the biotech industry

Operates telephone system, greets visitors, and supports clerical activities. 

Administrative Assistant – not specific to the biotech industry

Responsible for a wide variety of general administrative duties including filing, photocopying, preparing correspondence, maintaining calendars, coordinating video conferencing and teleconferencing, making travel arrangements, and managing itineraries.

0-2 years’ experience varied administrative and support experience. 

Bookkeeper – not specific to the biotech industry

Executes tasks related to accounts payable interest accounts and payroll. 

0-2 years’ experience in accounts payable.


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