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Research Scientist

Research scientists work in a wide range of scientific fields. They are responsible for designing, undertaking and analysing information from controlled laboratory-based investigations, trials and experiments. A research scientist may work in  biology, biochemistry, chemistry, ecology, environmental biology, forensic science and genetics.


Research scientists are employed by many different organisations in a huge variety of industries, including the pharmaceutical, aviation, communication, bioscience, chemical and automotive sectors. They may also be employed by the NHS, public funded research councils, local and national government, consumer product organisations, universities and environmental organisations.


The work a Research Scientist conducts is almost entirely laboratory based, however occasional field trips may be possible, depending on the field of specialisation. They may also be required to work with with animals or products derived from animals as part of some types of research. Research Scientists have been responsible for some of the most important research developments that affect the whole world, including the discovery of penicillin and insulin.


A qualified Research Scientist can expect a starting salary of around £25,000 and as a professor expect to earn £70, 000 or more.


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