Glycojobs at the top in Nature!

on the July 6, 2017

An article published in Nature on July 6th, 2017 (Vol. 547, p. 127), explains the potential of the field and how many scientists find career opportunities studying glycans.


Skills gained by glyco scientists during a PhD or an academic contract allow nowadays to easily find job opportunities in industry or academia. Esther Landhuis, the author of the article mentions as a first reason the involvement of glycans in almost every area in biology.

The importance of the field has been increasingly recognised over the past decades and investors have started to support related programs. From 2009, various US national institutes have funded studies, resources, and training for a better knowledge of glycans. Similar programmes and supports have raised in the United Kingdom or in Europe, Canada, Asia, and Australia.

The investments have fastened the development of tools and services that were missing for the field to grow. Glycoscience is now « emerging as a high impact and enticing field ». « The market for glycobiology is expected to double to $50,1 billion by 2021 according to market-research firm BCC Research in Wellesley, Massachusetts ».

Glycosciences are fundamental to biology. Yet glycans are extremely complex and a lot is still to discover. It is expected that a better knowledge of glycans would deepen researchers’ understanding of cancers, infectious diseases, medical products derived from natural sources, biofuels, or alternative sources of carbohydrate-based materials. So many crucial applications that will require as many trained scientists.

Careers, Glycobiology, Sweet success, Esther Landhuis, Nature, vol. 547, p. 127, 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature.
Published on July 18, 2017