Social life in a petri dish

I’ve spent the past three months thinking about life sciences, and it’s place on the web. Business social networks are forming and growing each day, and with it comes the need for valuable, meaningful, and useful, relevant resources.

Are life sciences social? Yes!There are communities, for sure, and forums too (which I despise), that try to offer industry news, or white papers, or groups which quickly grow to sizes hard to keep up with, it’s hard to cull through all the updates to find something you need.

Twitter offers lists, which are great for reading a certain group or subsection of people interested in something, but they are hardly two-way conversations. Twitter I see more of a “find out about new software”, “find a good video link”, or receive an “unmanageable amount of inline and inbox spam”.

Facebook offers groups and pages, not regularly attended by any group of people though of course it is a community — but I don’t think of it as a place to meet professionals, especially if they’ve seen my Facebook page, a mix of my personal and professional life, scattered with pleas for response from companies I was frustrated with, a string of pages set up for places I’ve consulted or worked for.

LinkedIn, though 10th in line for popularity of social networks in the U.S. (Marketing Charts, 12/10) is the closest thing I’ve found to finding serious professionals, those who could mentor or further your career. In only a handful of the top segments in life sciences, there are 3 million LinkedIn members.

Which is why the company I’m consulting for, Executive Mindshare, partnered with LinkedIn when we released a site this past December called BioMindshare. Industry thought leaders and quality curated content, with the promise of premium services like reports, event coverage and recruiting coming online this year.

In the meantime, I can assure you though my research, that life sciences, biotechnology, and similar industries are growing fast. For those looking for a job in this field, I’ve brought along a list of science jobs I found through one of my groups on LinkedIn (also if you’d like to connect with me on LinkedIn, my email address is lisa@communicate.io). You can also follow me on Twitter or add me on Facebook.

Science Jobs from LinkedIn:

Academia Jobs: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3704584
Analytical Chemists: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119465
Biochemistry: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119484
Clinical Research: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105081
Cosmetic Science: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3411042
Chemical Engineers: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3150497
Dental: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3411411
Engineering: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2449309
Finance: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2428987
Freelance Jobs: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3704789
Hospital: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2118586
Health Economics: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105103
Internship Jobs: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3704733
IT & Computer Science: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2428898
Laboratory Jobs: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105093
Lab Technician Jobs: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3704701
Logistics & Supply Chain: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3493102
Marketing & Med Comms: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105009
Medical Devices: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3493389
Medical Engineering: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3492475
Medical Information & Drug Safety: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105197
Manufacturing: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105110
Medical Writing: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2104990
Microbiology: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119480
Molecular Biology: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119492
NGO & Charity Jobs: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3704569
Nursing: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2118972
Organic Chemists: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119473
Part Time Jobs: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3704714
Pharmacology: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119518
Pharmacy: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119506
Physicians: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2118944&trk=anet_ug_grppro
Quality Assurance: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105043
Regulatory Affairs: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105043
Sales (Medical/Pharma): http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2105057
Sales (Science): http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119498
Statisticians: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119515
Toxicology: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2119518
Translator Jobs Network: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3704670

Happy hunting and happy new year!

Lisa

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