Justin, if you're within commuting distance to Worcester, there are a few companies doing medical trials around this neck of the woods and Framingham. Longish commute, but it might be worth checking out. In 1993, my dad had to take a job in West Haven, and the 248-mile round-trip from Marlborough, Ma. for eighteen months was no fun, but sometimes you do what you need to.
If you pursue it and need to re-locate, or simply decide to grab an apartment for the work-week, please let me know. I do a little real estate on the side, and would be happy to help you.
Thanks Charlie. Unfortunately, a drive of that distance would be a bit too much for me. I live in New London County, so that would be well over a 1.5 hour drive up to Worcester. That means I'd have to be up at 5:00 A.M. every day to shower, get ready, and get into work by 7:30 A.M. every day. Then, with the long drive home, I would be physically dead by the end of the work day. With the need to meet doctor's appointments and have any kind of social life whatsoever, that would not work out.
I have looked into positions that are widely available up in the Cambridge area of MA as well, but they have all offered low salaries and a requirement to be in the office every day. I'm at a financial situation where I would not be able to afford relocating up there at this time. I only bought my house five years ago and there is a lot of work that needs to be done on the house before I could sell it. It's just not able to happen now.
Happily, I have got in contact with a recruiter for the clinical research industry who has found a company based out of Chicago who is VERY supportive of remote workers (as they don't have to pay for office maintenance for such employees, nor other costs associated with having employees in the office) and is shopping my resume out to them and other companies looking for people able to work from home. Having been unemployed since the end of July (and "officially" unemployed since the end of September as that is when I was taken off of payroll), I've discovered that not going into the office every day has saved me a TON of money. I'm no longer spending money on gas for the car, coffee at work, breakfast and lunch at work, and stopping for happy hour with colleagues after work. Seeing his, I realized that I could take a pretty significant paycut if I were able to work from home and still live the same style of life that I have right now. Even better, many of these companies that support remote workers will pay for land-line telephone services as well as internet bills. The one company I'm seriously considering right now would be willing to pay for the full cable tv/internet bill since I can only get internet if I have a cable TV account. I also fully paid off my car last month, and paid off my credit card in full which resulted in a significant savings each month. I received my severance check from my former company a few weeks back and have that in savings and just transfer over to my checking account the amount of money that I would get from my paychecks each pay-period if I was still working.
My hope is to get back to work in the next month so that I can have the severance check available for home repairs and pleasure spending.