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Biochemists and Biophysicists
District Of Columbia

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Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.

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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $15.33 - $27.97

Typical Annual Salary: $31,900 - $58,200

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Study physical principles of living cells or organisms and their electrical or mechanical energy, applying methods and knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biology.
  • Share research findings by writing scientific articles or by making presentations at scientific conferences.
  • Prepare reports or recommendations, based upon research outcomes.
  • Teach or advise undergraduate or graduate students or supervise their research.
  • Manage laboratory teams or monitor the quality of a team's work.
  • Determine the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules.
  • Isolate, analyze, or synthesize vitamins, hormones, allergens, minerals, or enzymes and determine their effects on body functions.
  • Develop new methods to study the mechanisms of biological processes.
  • Study the mutations in organisms that lead to cancer or other diseases.
  • Study the chemistry of living processes, such as cell development, breathing and digestion, or living energy changes, such as growth, aging, or death.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Lasers
  • Light scattering equipment
  • Spectrometers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Presentation software
  • Word processing software

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