Specialization Inundation

Needed: Molecular biologist. Requirements: CHO cell biologist with bioreactor experience of greater than 200 liters. Recruiters provide an antidote to life scientists who barrage biotechnology companies with resumes for every job posting: Niche hiring. By helping companies filter for a particular forte, recruiters quickly identify exactly what their clients want, such as a CHO cell biologist with bioreactor experience of greater than 200 liters. For a position like this, most scientists with o

Jennifer Fisher Wilson
Sep 2, 2001
Needed: Molecular biologist.
Requirements: CHO cell biologist with bioreactor experience of greater than 200 liters.
Recruiters provide an antidote to life scientists who barrage biotechnology companies with resumes for every job posting: Niche hiring. By helping companies filter for a particular forte, recruiters quickly identify exactly what their clients want, such as a CHO cell biologist with bioreactor experience of greater than 200 liters. For a position like this, most scientists with only academic experience are out of luck, because often only another private company can afford to maintain expensive equipment.

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David G. Jensen

"Employers follow this path because the nature of the product development in biotechnology demands it," says David G. Jensen, principal consultant for Search Masters International, based in Downers Grove, Ill. "But employers have complicated niche hiring themselves by filling jobs only with extremely specialized people where there may have existed the option to...