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Description: Provides Technical Maintenance of different species of animals and their accommodation and carries out restraint for scientific procedures on animals (e.g. injections, sampling, lambing).
Salary: £12000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.
Description: Research scientists plan and carry out experiments and investigations to broaden scientific knowledge.
Salary: £14000.00 to £60000.00 per year
Hours: 35 to 40 per week
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Description: Maintenance of equipment and facilities, including environmental monitoring. Ensure that reagents and consumables are maintained to the required levels, in compliance with the GLP/GMP regulations, MSL SOPs and Study Plans/Protocols. Initiate and assist in In-vitro testing to GLP/GMP regulatory requirements. Undertake procedures associated with mycoplasma and sterility testing.
Salary: £12000.00 to £35000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.

Research Scientist

Description: Research scientists plan and carry out experiments and investigations to broaden scientific knowledge.
Salary: £14000.00 to £60000.00 per year
Hours: 35 to 40 per week

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need at least a 2:1 degree in a relevant science subject. Most research scientists also have a postgraduate qualification like an MSc, an MSci or MBiol. Many employers prefer you to have, or be working towards, a PhD.

Experience of working in a research environment could also help you find employment.

Skills Required

  • research and analytical skills
  • excellent communication and presentation skills
  • teaching ability

Typical Day

As a research scientist you may work in industry research and development (R&D) for a university research department, in government labs or for private companies.

You'll work in one of the subject areas covered by scientific research, including:

  • life sciences (physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, plant sciences)
  • Earth sciences (geology, meteorology, oceanography)
  • industrial science, like food and petrochemicals
     

The nature of your work will depend on your specialism, but may include:

  • drawing up research proposals and applying for funding
  • planning and carrying out experiments
  • keeping accurate records of results
  • analysing results and data
  • presenting findings in scientific journals, books or at conferences
  • carrying out fieldwork (collecting samples and monitoring environmental factors)
  • developing new products or ways of applying new discoveries
  • improving farming or food production methods
  • testing products or materials
  • teaching or lecturing
     

You'll usually work in a team with other scientists, technicians and support staff.

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

In a university research department you'll normally work 35 hours a week, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In industry you may need to fit in with shift patterns. This could include working in the evening, at the weekend or on public holidays.

You may be based in a laboratory or an industrial plant, with outdoor work collecting samples or doing fieldwork.

You may work with hazardous or toxic materials, or with animals and animal-based products. You would need to know health and safety regulations and may wear protective clothing and equipment.

Career Path

As a scientist with research councils and institutes or in industry, you could progress to a senior research or laboratory management position.

In an academic post, once you've gained experience and published original research, you could progress to senior research fellow or professor, leading your own team.

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No such thing as an average day

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