Oakland (JOBS) is a major west coast port, and is situated on the mainland side of San Francisco Bay, across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Oakland's position between the bay and coastal hills means that it enjoys a sunny, mild climate and rare fog. A good place to sit and enjoy the weather – and maybe take a stroll, do some shopping, and have some dinner – is at the waterfront's Jack London Square.
This city of 399,484, is ethnically diverse, artsy, and filled with history. You can hear over 100 languages and dialects in Oakland. And according to the Oakland Convention & Visitors Bureau, the city is ranked second only to Manhattan for the number of artists per capita, and it is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, galleries, festivals, and more! And for history, start at the downtown area's Preservation Park, which contains 16 restored Victorian homes that are now used as commercial buildings.
Sports fans can enjoy home games of the many teams in the Bay Area, including: the NBA's Golden State Warriors; the NHL's San Jose Sharks; MLB's Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants; the NFL's Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers; and MLS's San Jose Earthquakes.
If you have kids, spend days off with them at the Oakland Zoo. If you like the outdoors, head out to the coast. Or if you want to spend a lazy – or romantic – day, rent a gondola and cruise Lake Merritt. This saltwater lake, which is popular for boating, has adjoining parkland that includes gardens and a children's amusement park. For something more energetic, head out to the hills to hike amongst the redwoods. And if you like golf, there are excellent courses in the area.
Easy access to Oakland via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) as well as the AC Transit, the Alameda County transit authority makes the city a place anyone can visit, work and live.
Oakland is the center for research and discovery with an array of research institutions and medical centers such as Kaiser Permanente Division of Research and Children’s Hospital and Research Center. Sandia National Laboratory is also a short drive away.
Neighboring Oakland in the city of Emeryville, you will find Amyris Biotechnologies, NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, and Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Inc. Just a little to the North, in the city of Berkeley, you will find the prestigious University of California Berkeley, famed for excellence in science and engineering. You will also find research companies like XOMA Ltd., Activesite Pharmaceuticals, Dynavax Technologies Corporation and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.
For more information about opportunities in Oakland, visit the BioSpace Biotech Bay ™ Hotbed community which highlights the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device industries in Northern California and keeps its audience abreast with the latest information about industry news and events throughout the region.
Check out job opportunities by visiting the BioSpace Career Center. Here you will find the life sciences most premier career events which showcase an array of local employers. At the Career Center homepage you can even check out video to see what the career fair experience is like and hear what job seekers and employers have to say.
These are just some of the highlights in Oakland. Come and see for yourself what else the area has to offer you.
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