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Navy Research Biochemists and Forensic Toxicologists work behind the scenes to promote the safety of military personnel. It's a wide, varied field of specialties where scientists have control over their careers. They also have the best coworkers, equipment and research laboratories in some of the most amazing places in the world.
There are two distinct areas of biochemistry for Officers in the Medical Service Corps:
Research Biochemists conduct and manage basic and applied research on biochemical problems of interest to the Navy. That could involve harnessing solar and sea power to fuel the Navy for years to come or developing a vaccine to battle a new disease.
Forensic Toxicologists work in military forensic laboratories, Navy Research Laboratories or Environmental Preventive Medicine Units. They also teach at the Naval Academy and elsewhere.
As an Officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps in the field of biochemistry, you could work with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) or serve as a member of a deployable Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Environmental (CBRE) Training Team, defending our nation against biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.
Navy biochemistry professionals may serve in any of a variety of global locations, including:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.
For Annual Training, Reservists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in facilities stateside, or onbases in countries around the world.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
Upon graduation from graduate school, those pursuing a biochemistry position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, R.I. ODS is a 5-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.
Biochemistry professionals in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.
For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.
With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.
The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.
Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs.
Through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to pay down the cost of your graduate education.
As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*
*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty.
To qualify for employment consideration as an Officer in the biochemistry field in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:
Ph.D. candidates have an advantage over master's-level candidates, since most of the Navy job openings require doctorate-level training.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.