Biotechnology is a relatively new field. It is a very exciting sector with tremendous possibilities. It is an emerging field, yielding wonder drugs and new and improved varieties of plants and animals. By patenting their research, scientists get name as well as large fortunes as fruits of their research.
Research Scientists not only perform experiments in labs but also devote much of their time in attending seminars, conferences, teaching university students, writing papers. Research scientist has a very creative role as he has to work on the forefront of scientific discovery. He has to decide what to study, how to study, and thereby he can learn new things.
Laboratory Assistants and Lab Technicians work on a variety of sophisticated equipments, prepare chemicals, maintain experimental microbial, plant, or tissue culture in research labs. Lab technician helps research scientists in their scientific discoveries. Lab technician after doing MBA can get management position in a biotech firm.
Sales Representatives try to sell the biotech industry products to doctors, farmers, other industries, or sell and supply scientific equipments to biotech researchers. Quality Assurance Technicians test the biotech products in labs or production facilities to ensure that they are safe and meet the required standards.
BioInformatics Personnel work on designing and maintaining scientific data and analysing the results of various research trials.
Job Prospects of Biotechnology in India:
As the biotech industry is growing and commercializing, the number of job jobs is also increasing. Companies are staffing more and more sales force to push their products in the market. They are also employing trained people for clinical research so as to get through the clinical approval process.
This has increased demand for clinical trial managers, clinical research professionals, clinical research associates and outsourcing managers. Because of commercialization of the industry, the demand for finance and administration personnel is also increasing. Thus, biotech companies are recruiting people at all levels.
A biotechnologist may also work in government institutes and organizations. These days agriculture, dairy, horticulture and drug companies are also employing large number of biotechnologists. Biotech companies like Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Ranbaxy, Dabur, and Hindustan Lever have openings in their R&D facilities.
The starting salary while doing fellowship in a research institute comes around Rs. 3,000 per month. Private companies pay around Rs. 5,000-10,000 per month to a qualified biotechnologist. Currently there is shortage of trained people in biotech field in India. To overcome the shortage, Department of Biotechnology is promoting this field in schools and colleges. Those who wish to work in this industry can go for a short-term training for biotechnologists, organized by Biotech Consortium India Ltd. According to an estimate, 300 biotech companies in India could provide employment to more than 20,000 students.
At present India has a capacity of less than 700 post graduate students spread over the various segments like agriculture, vaccine research, neurosciences, brain cell research, etc. Although the biotech industry hopes to touch US$ 25 billion mark by 2015, manpower shortage has emerged as a major problem that might derail its progress.
Biotech industry survey done by BioSpectrum shows that despite the fact that over 200 biotech colleges are producing about 8000 fresh biotech graduates and post-graduates every year, the industry will face looming shortage of trained manpower. It points out the huge difference between the industry’s expectations and availability of quality manpower. The situation is aggravated by the fact that students from the top institutions prefer to go abroad for higher studies rather than taking jobs in India.
Career in Biotech Industry
The biotech sector in India offers skilled and experienced professionals with various options such as research and development jobs, financial and administration jobs, quality controller jobs, pharmaceuticals jobs, clinical research jobs and sales jobs.
Biotech Jobs at Cadila Healthcare Limited
Cadila Healthcare Limited is hiring professionals for the post of Manager – IPR (Intellectual Property) (API – Research & Development). The applicants should have previous work experience of 5 to 10 years. Following are other requirements for this post:
Comprehensive knowledge of Organic Chemistry
Familiarity with literature search and patents
Knowledge of STN, Scifinder and different database searches
Skills to analyze patents for chemical procedures
Capability to prepare infringement analyses and patent landscapes
Ability to create patent invalidation strategies
Biotech Jobs at Kee Pharma
Kee Pharma is presently recruiting executive sales administrators and logistics with prior experience of 2 to 3 years. They will be required to work in Delhi and be responsible for coordinating with logistics and sales teams. They will also generate and analyze reports and perform data mining functions.
Biotech Jobs at Novartis Healthcare
Novartis Healthcare Pvt Ltd is hiring Training and Compliance Specialists with experience range of 3 to 8 years. The candidates will be based in Secunderabad and Hyderabad and perform the following operations:
assistance in development, implementation and coordination of training programs in coordination with IIS strategies
creating training plans and methodology
ensuring audit and inspection and regulatory compliance across groups
Novartis is also recruiting Senior Managers-SFE&BA with experience of 8 to 13 years. The candidates will be performing the following operations:
Management of Hyderabad based Sandoz WE Team in areas like KAM and SFE support
Portfolio management and business analytics support
Main interface of regional office of Sandoz and other organizations across India
Leading tendering and pricing strategies
Biotech Jobs at Indegene LifeSystems
Indegene LifeSystems Pvt Ltd is looking for Senior Associates-Scientific Writing. The candidates should have experience of 1 to 6 years and will be working in Bengaluru. Following are their main job responsibilities:
Creating highly rated medical content
Developing promotional literature
Interacting regularly with clients
Creating medico-marketing solutions
Preparing CME presentation slides for doctors
Creating product and drug monographs and visual aids
Preparing training manuals for pharmaceutical sales teams
Biotech Jobs at Symbiotec Pharmalab
Symbiotec Pharmalab is looking for professionals with 5 to 10 years experience for the post of Executive/Senior Executive/Manager – Regulatory Affairs. They will be responsible for developing and designing products in compliance with GMP. They shall submit and prepare drug master files and make and review technical agreements.