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Biochemist/Physiologist (71B)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Biochemist/physiologists are primarily responsible for the scientific research of biochemistry and physiology for the U.S. Army health care team. As an officer, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your skills while conducting research that supports our national defense.

Job Duties

  • Supervise tests, provide consultation/expert advice and conduct research
  • Manage laboratory operations and fiscal/personnel resources
  • Serve in section, branch, department or as a division chief in various laboratories

Requirements

Active Duty

  • At least a master’s degree in biochemistry or related specialty
  • For physiologists, a Ph.D. in human physiology or related biological specialty
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Army Reserve

  • In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)

Training

Job training for medical service corps officers includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army Health Care system, Army doctrine and basic soldier/leader skills.

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
  • Perform under stress
  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills
  • Tremendous concentration

Compensation

Active Duty
In addition to the many privileges that come from being on the U.S. Army health care team, you’ll also be rewarded with:

  • May receive pay for continuing education
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
  • No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family

Army Reserve

  • May receive pay for continuing education
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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  • GE Healthcare
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Mercy Medical Center
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