‘For hire’ signs are out at Pacific NW life science and biotech organizations — career match and hiring virtual event on Nov. 10

Scores of jobs are open in the growing life science and biotech sectors throughout Oregon and southwest Washington and workers are sought for positions in research and development, engineering, analysis, chemistry, quality assurance/compliance, manufacturing, operations, communications, building and design and more. 

The Oregon Bioscience Association has assembled large, small and medium organizations as part of the upcoming virtual career match event on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time. Participating companies will look to meet with applicants to fill a range of highly skilled, mid-level and entry positions. “We’re seeing strong demand for talent and skills among bio companies and manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest. This career fair and match event is a key opportunity to connect with our region’s many mission-driven organizations working every day to make a healthier world,” said Oregon Bio’s Executive Director Liisa Bozinovic.

To match workers with companies hiring, Oregon Bio is teaming up with regional biotech and life science companies to hold the Fall 2021 Bioscience Career Fair. Registration is now open here to both hiring companies as well as job seekers. For jobseekers, participation will be free and registration for jobseekers is here. Those hiring can click here.

Job availability is active at local firms Absci in Vancouver, Wash., Genentech’s Hillsboro operations facility, Bend, Ore.’s Lonza and Abbott Laboratories in Portland as well as many more biotech firms. Many open positions can be found in the Careers tab at www.oregonbio.org. Recruiting entities at the Career Fair that will be meeting/screening/ interviewing job seekers include:

Abbott LaboratoriesAbsciAcumedBIOTRONIKCAICascade Chemistry/ AcetoChurch & DwightGenentechLonzaMicro-Systems Engineering, Inc.Molecular Testing LabsSkanska Thermo Fisher Scientific – Bend, Hillsboro, EugeneTwist BioscienceVR Analytical/ElementYecuris

In its most recent economic impact report, the bioscience industry in Oregon provides direct and indirect employment of 47,000 jobs in Oregon, showing substantial growth in the past decade. A surge of open jobs has bio innovation and manufacturing companies in immediate need of skilled workers.

The average wage for a bioscience-related job in the private sector in 2017 was more than $70,000. The most recent economic impact study shows industry employment increased by 76 percent in the past two decades, and that current bio positions in Oregon pay 40 percent above the state’s average private wage. Several jobs are now posted at  https://www.oregonbio.org/careercatalyst/, and job search sites such as Indeed are currently boasting more than 500 jobs in Oregon in biotech, bioscience, science and research. 

“Oregon Bio partners with universities and community colleges in the region to ensure graduates are industry ready,” said Bozinovic.