Can I apply to multiple jobs in the same company?

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S.A.D.
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Can I apply to multiple jobs in the same company?

I am interested in this pharmaceutical company, and decided to post my resume on their website.

When I searched their current job openings I found that for the same branch, they had many positions that I could apply to, and the titles for all were also very similar, for example
Research Scientist, Research Scientist I, like that, the only exception being that there were probably one or two changes in the job descriptions of each, but overall they were at least 80% similar.

To be more specific, I have been trained to do DNA/ protein work. One Research Scientist position says that they want DNA work plus little cell culture, another Research Scientist position says they want DNA work plus little virology, etc.

So in one sense I'm equally qualified or unqualified for both positions. And believe me, every position is of Research Scientist, only sometimes there is a number in front, say I or II, or nothing at all.

Sorry to make this sooooo long, but I just wanted to make sure everyone gets my question:

Should I apply to both positions? I'm not sure how the employer would feel seeing my application for several positions? Should I just slightly modify the cover letter for each, but they'll still know its the same person?

So I'm really confused please help me out

Thank you

qiang wang
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why not, just go ahead and

why not, just go ahead and apply for both

Omai
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The difference between

The difference between Research Scientist I, II, and III is usually in experience and expertise. Check out these three job descriptions from Kaiser.

http://www.hirediversity.com/jobseekers/jobs/view.asp?ID=2358151

You'll notice that the job requirements are similar, only research scientist II requires 7+ years of professional experience (the equivalent of a associate professor in academics) while research scientist III requires 13+ years (the equivalent of a full professor). Research scientist I is usually more of a entry level position, but still can require postdoctoral or assistant professor experience.

Good luck in your job hunt. I hope this information helps.

Omai

S.A.D.
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Dear Omai,

Dear Omai,

Thanks for your response. What you said makes sense about differences between Research Scientist I, II, and III.

But another question I have is if there are two or three Research Scientist I positions advertised by the same company for the same branch, and if I could, should I apply for all or just one of them? How does the hiring person view this?

Thanks

Omai wrote:

The difference between Research Scientist I, II, and III is usually in experience and expertise. Check out these three job descriptions from Kaiser.

http://www.hirediversity.com/jobseekers/jobs/view.asp?ID=2358151

You'll notice that the job requirements are similar, only research scientist II requires 7+ years of professional experience (the equivalent of a associate professor in academics) while research scientist III requires 13+ years (the equivalent of a full professor). Research scientist I is usually more of a entry level position, but still can require postdoctoral or assistant professor experience.

Good luck in your job hunt. I hope this information helps.

Omai

Omai
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Hey S.A.D.

Hey S.A.D.

I agree with qinglongyanyuedao, apply for them both.
I think it can only increase your chances of getting hired.

Omai