Careers

Where the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences can take you

The School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences degree programs prepare graduates for exciting careers across all sectors. Here are just a few if the things our graduates have gone on to do:

  • Antarctic exploration
  • Conservation and ecology
  • Diagnostic microbiology and immunology
  • Forensic science
  • Fraud detection
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Patent law
  • Policy making
  • Production and quality control
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Winemaking

 

Our programs provide excellent training in skills highly valued by employers including scientific methodology, creative thinking, organisational skills, problem-solving and analysis and information literacy.


Graduate stories

 

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Anne D. Jungblut: Life in the extremes 

“I have been fortunate to work with incredible people from around the world, train the next generation of scientists, and share my fascination of the natural world.”

 

 

 

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David Flannery: Microbes on Mars

“Someone called me up very early in the morning and said ‘Hey, would you like to help us out with this Mars rover business?’”

 

 

 

 

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Henry Chung: Sharing Breakthroughs

“It’s a bit like reading New Scientist every day, and getting paid to do it.” 
 

 

 

 

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Hidayah Shahidan: Entrepreneurship for Good

“It is important to explore, don’t limit yourself by working on things that are comfortable to you.”

 

 

 

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Jacque-Lynne Johnson: Research and Innovation

“As scientific technologies develop, you can push the boundaries of the type of questions you can answer.”

 

 

 

 

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Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow: Democratising Science

“I was thinking ‘What am I going to leave behind?’ and doing science seemed like a good way to be useful to humankind.”

 

 

 

 

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Tim Owen: From the microscope to the ministry

“Uni where you go to throw everything you understand onto the floor, smash it, and rebuild it.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Tan: Start-up success

“I think it’s important to commercialise science to push forward new technologies that other people may have overlooked."

 

 

 

 

Student testimonials

BABS1202

The content of the course was really interesting and helped to develop knowledge for MICR I. The lab component was organised efficiently and very hands on, helping to apply the theory. All lecturers and tutors were encouraging and delivered their knowledge to a high standard.

- Reeva Nadkar, Sci

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The content of the subject helped me synthesise the knowledge from previous 2nd year BABS courses. The lecturers were engaging and demonstrated how our theoretical knowledge can be used in the real world. The practical component was equally engaging, the molecular techniques presented solidified my understanding of intricate processes that underpin every cell

- Dimitrije Karadarevic, AdvSci / Arts

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Nicole Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thoroughly enjoying my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at UNSW. My supervisor, lab group and peers within BABS are very supportive and there is an enthusiastic and collaborative environment. There has been a lot of support and opportunities provided by the Faculty of Science and BABS through the Women in Maths and Science Champions Program, travel and top-up scholarships and events such as Postgraduate Research Competition and BABS Symposium.

- Nicole Green

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Gavin Sutton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNSW BABS was a good fit for me, with its balance between fundamental molecular biology research, and driving practical applications. I was excited by the prospect of working in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities – particularly for genomics research, sharing a building with the sequencing facilities and expertise of the Ramaciotti Centre can really bolster your productivity. The campus’ proximity to Coogee Beach and the CBD was also a major plus.

I decided to pursue a PhD as I wanted to explore fundamental questions about the human genome: how does it make us human, and in what ways are we all unique? In particular, I wanted to make a contribution to this field, to chip away at the mystery by my own hands.

- Gavin Sutton

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Brandon Sy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conducting my PhD work in the School of BABS, UNSW has provided me with both active mentorship and excellent research infrastructure allowing autonomy to pursue my PhD research interest. Doing my PhD at UNSW has helped me in both in my personal and profession growth and I encourage you to join this wonderful journey in that of a scientific career. I particularly valued the opportunity to participate fully in the life of the School, as my research benefited immeasurably from the enthusiastic help and support of my supervisors, peers and other colleagues. My time here has helped me develop the mindset and scientific skill I need to further pursue my career goals.

- Brandon Sy (4th year PhD Candidate)

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Alice Russo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completing a PhD in the School of BABS, UNSW has been a thoroughly rewarding experience. I have benefited from the school's highly diverse range of expertise across its many research groups - therefore, expertise in any new areas I explored has always been at hand when I need it. The school has a collegial, supportive and friendly atmosphere with regular seminars, workshops, and events running throughout the year which further emphasise the value of collaboration and mutual guidance. These state-of-the-art resources within BABS has allowed me to conduct my research in an efficient and effective manner.

Alice Russo – 3rd PhD candidate