Industrial research is all about conducting research within a company to develop new products, enhance existing ones, or identify new areas the company should pursue. The increasing amount of high-throughput biological data being generated in healthcare and life sciences, and the associated growth in companies trying to make use of this data, means that there is an increasing number of non-academic research roles available for bioinformaticians and computational biologists.
In this presentation, I’ll talk about my experience of being a bioinformatician at IBM Research Australia. I’ll provide an overview of my role and will describe a few of the projects that I’ve been involved in; some related to genomics, other less so. I’ll also describe some of the advantages and challenges of working in a large company rather than in academia will provide some insights that might be useful for those thinking about non-academic career paths.