There was a similar question on this topic.
However my situation is a little bit different: I'm already PhD in materials science.
Bioinformatics is something I've discovered lately - it simply wasn't there, when I was starting my studies over decade ago. However I am keen on this ever since. Bu it's future and I want to be there when it comes. So what now?
I know, there is heaps of resources for LEARNING bioinformatics. But how to steer my career trajectory into DOING bioinformatics?
All job opportunities I can see require very skilled and well-oriented individuals. Masters is a must. Despite common opinion, that there is lack of people for doing bioinformatics I simply can not find any offer suitable for someone like me.
Despite materials science in the title of my diploma I was doing microbiology, scripting, programming, image treatment etc. I can start humble - no problem. I bring problem solving skills proven by PhD diploma, scientific literacy, excellence in science, genuine interest in the field of biology. And that is seemingly not enough.
Most upvoted answer from previous post was to "worry about building useful things". It's not something I can do alone. What would You recommend? Starting everything over? Sending mails to laboratory heads?
Please - You are wonderful community, and since You are "on the other side of the barricade", Your opinion means a lot for me.
To get, postdoc You need t be preferrably PhD in bioinformatics... Boy, I've been trying this option to much to believe in that any more. I'll try second - it looks very interesting. Thanks for answer!
Not true about needing a PhD in bioinformatics for a postdoc in bioinformatics. From what I have seen, postdocs in bioinformatics are more commonly from other fields such as biology, physics, computer science, statistics, math, engineering. This is changing as bioinformatics programs become more prevalent. I wish I had numbers to support my claim....
I went ahead and started a little informal survey: Quick four-question survey on bioinformatics postdoc career path
For what it's worth, few (around 1/3rd I think) of the dozen or so bioinformaticians at my institute have PhDs in bioinformatics. That's not even a prerequisite when we look for post-docs.