I am considering a career in research. The trouble is that I already have a
career and am well established in it. I am a software developer, and have
been successful at that, but this line of work is becoming increasing
meaningless/boring. It really is just moving and filing information in various
forms. After 10+ years of this, I need more of a challenge. I have always had
a keen interest in how drugs are developed and would like to contribute to that
on some meaningful level (I have done work for Merck, Bristol, and a few other
pharms, but mostly in the development of business systems).
Given that I am not in a rush to make this change, but would like to start if
it is possible, I would like to know the following:
1) Is it possible for someone with a Degree in Computer Science, with 10 years
of systems development experience to get a job in a lab environment and be
able to go to school to become a researcher on that company's time/dime?
If this isn't realistic is there a way to do it?
2) What kind of research career would it be easiest to transfer to
for someone who has already developed data processing/manipulation skills?
Just as a point of location, I am located in NJ, where there seem to be alot
of pharm companies. Does this make this type of move easier?
If anyone has any links that would describe the various careers in research,
I would greatly appreciate it as well.