美国生物工程(biochemical engineering job)找工作经验谈
1. About Biochemical Engineering
Biochemical Engineering 通常涉及cell biology, biochemistry and engineering. 传统的领域包括upstream processing, bioreactor and downstream processing. 生物制药公司通常有，drug discovery, research, process development, manufacturing, and analytical department 等部门。Biochemical Engineer 一般去process development，有时也作为bridge, 协调 process development 和 manufacturing,research 部门。找工作的title will be Engineer I, II, or III; process engineer, process scientist, scientist, senior scientist. For master level, it could be associate scientist or research associate. staff or fellow are the top positions in the research track, don't apply for them.
2. about interviews
找工作是很花时间的，所以要提高效率，不断改进。如果你很少有电话interview，我觉得你要好好改简历. it is never enough! 可以找朋友或career center的人改，也可以花钱请professional改。收集关键词，make it short, concise, cut to the point。我的简历从三页，到两页，到一页。至少我觉得对于第一关的HR来说，一两分钟内读到很多关键词是给不给电话interview主要依据。
如果你有很多电话interview，但很少onsite. 你要考虑提高口语和专业术语和专业知识。提到任何简历上的东西，要能简洁明了的解释清楚。不要罗嗦，千万。另外电话interview会问道一些behavior, personality, teamwork的问题。大家都知道是那些问题，顶多５０个，但我想很多人没有，或者准备的不够充分，总希望临场发挥。中国人口语一般都很烂，和其它国的学生比。如果你每个问题打草稿，并练习１０遍以上，保证发音正确，我想，that will make a difference.
如果你有四个以上的onsite，但没有结果。我想你要深入地读一些专业书，并熟悉一些实验过程。前面phone interview两步可以通过短期复习搞定，onsite需要综合的表现了。对于刚毕业的，presentation and your thesis work is very important.
I recommend to get familiar about:
Cell culture, medium optimization, bioreactor operation, scale up, downstream processing, upstream processing, cell based analysis, high throughput, FACS, HPLC, SDS-PAGE, large scale instruments, etc.
3. about response
第一步的interview response varies from several weeks to two months. For most cases, it is within one week to three weeks.
As for onsite interview, small company is slow in the process, they might require the second round phone interview and are very cautious about giving onsite. Big pharms are rich and generally give onsite after one run of phone interview. you will hear the notice within one week or so.
Offers come generally within two weeks, if not, better move on. My own experience, you can tell some hints during onsite.
4. about salary
the salary generally consists of four parts, base salary, bonus, stock option and benefit. You should evaluate the overall salary based on these aspects.
it seems that there is some, but no big difference of the salary in CA, NJ comparing to other areas. For 0-2 years PhD, base salary will be in the range of 75000 to 105000, master will be in the range of 55000-70000.
5. about job hunting website
. I like Indeed.com