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Job Description

A research scientist will research in different areas of life sciences, from bio-science to pharmacy and medicine, they will conduct experiments and analyse results with a view to either developing new products or processes or to broaden scientific understanding.

(You might also consider: Field Biologist)

Entry Requirements


You'll usually need at least a 2:1 degree in a relevant science subject to get into this role.

Most research scientists also go on to study a postgraduate qualification like a PhD.

For your degree you will usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels or equivalent

and for your postgraduate qualification you will need a degree in a relevant subject.

Work based route

It may be possible to start as a research assistant or a graduate industrial scientist and study part time for a PhD 

Career Tips

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

Career Path and Progression

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.

You could demonstrate your commitment to professional development and work towards professional recognition like Chartered Scientist status.

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Required Skills

  • A logical thinker
  • Good analytical skills
  • Patience and attention to detail
  • Good problem solving skills 
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • Able to present complex issues to colleagues and clients effectively

Salary Range

£15,000 to £60,000

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