Recruiting Talent

Tap into North Carolina's Highly Skilled Workforce

North Carolina has 70,000 life sciences professionals. And the talent pipeline is growing each and every day.

As our vibrant life sciences community continues to grow, so does North Carolina's commitment to strengthening our talent pipeline. Our top-ranking academic climate and dedicated industry-tailored training programs create and sustain a qualified pool of candidates fit for careers throughout a number of life sciences sectors. 

Below are some resources and initiatives that can help you find talent for your growing life sciences company.

Recruitment Resources

These NCBiotech-powered resources can connect you with NC's life sciences professionals.

    • Search for life sciences professionals or recruit talent by posting a job on the NCBiotech Jobs Board.

      Internships are now free to post on the Jobs Board.

    • Let us connect your company with talent at our monthly NCBiotech Jobs Network.

    • Hire the right intern through our Industrial Internship Program (IIP). We award grants of up to $3,000 per company per year to be used for internships. This unique program gives companies the ability to boost their internship programs and generates hands-on experiences for undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates.

    • Get connected with transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses through our Veterans Outreach Program.

    NC's Academic Climate

    17 unc universities

    4800 life science degrees

    58 community colleges

    4200 engineering degrees

    Industry-Driven Training Programs

    NC BIOIMPACTNorth Carolina is committed to making industry-tailored workforce training a top priority.

    NCBioImpact brings together key partners to meet the needs of the state’s pharmaceutical and biomanufacturing companies.

    NCBioImpact training partners include:

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    BioNetwork is the NC Community College System training initiative dedicated to professional development in the life sciences.

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    The Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) provides training with a focus in research, particularly in the areas of drug discovery and translational research.

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    The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University is a unique, cross-disciplinary instructional center that provides hands-on biomanufacturing training in simulated-GMP facilities.

    North Carolina Pharmaceuticals Services Network

    The North Carolina Pharmaceutical Services Network offers hands-on training in oral solid dosage theory and manufacturing as well as laboratory training at East Carolina University and Pitt Community College in eastern North Carolina.

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     ensures that industry has a part in developing training. And Golden LEAF, a statewide foundation that dispenses funds from a legal settlement with tobacco companies, contributed more than $70 million to the consortium.


    Ongoing funding is provided by the North Carolina General Assembly.

    Our Workforce Feeds a Growing Industry

    These are just a few of the many life sciences companies who are choosing North Carolina for our strong talent pipeline.


    AveXis at NCBiotech

    AveXis Doubles its Planned Workforce and Investment

    Global gene therapy company AveXis, Inc. announced plans to invest an additional $60M to its Durham County manufacturing facility, adding 200 more jobs to their operations in NC.

    “Continued investment in our infrastructure in North Carolina will allow us to manufacture multiple gene therapies simultaneously, helping us reach more patients, faster. Gene therapy manufacturing requires a highly skilled team, and Research Triangle Park is an ideal location for our continued expansion as it enables us to recruit top talent, including through partnership with local schools and colleges.”

    Eamon Fitzmaurice, AveXis plant controller

    Parexel Durham office

    Parexel Invests in North Carolina Talent Pipeline

    Parexel International Corp., a global contract research organization headquartered near Boston, plans to invest $1.7 million and add 264 employees to its Durham operations and turn the site into a shared headquarters.

    “The talent pipeline we’ve been able to attract to our Durham operation as a result of the strong life sciences presence in the region has been outstanding, making it the ideal location to help fuel our future growth. We look forward to our expansion here, accelerating the development of innovative new therapies for patients and providing career development opportunities for employees in this rewarding field.”

    Jamie Macdonald, Parexel CEO

    TransEnterix ribbon cutting

    NC-Founded Medical Device Company Grows with Local Talent

    Todd M. Pope, president and CEO of TransEnterix Inc., a Morrisville medical device company that makes minimally invasive robotic surgical systems, was recently named to Time magazine’s 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2018. Pope has recognized North Carolina's strong workforce for more than ten years.

     “When I started the company ten years ago, people told me I should be in Silicon Valley or Boston. But I said we could recruit all the talent we need right here. And that proved to be the case.”

    Todd M. Pope, president and CEO, TransEnterix Inc.

    For questions or more information, contact:
    Laura Rowley, Ph.D.
    Vice President, Life Sciences Economic Development Life Sciences Economic Development 919-549-8864 |

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