Research scientist (life sciences)?
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Research within life sciences covers a whole range of scientific disciplines including:
The work is close to the medical sciences but also crosses over into other areas such as biochemistry.
Researchers within this field are primarily involved in planning and conducting experiments and analysing results, either with a definite end use (to develop new products, processes or commercial applications), or to broaden scientific understanding in general.
As a researcher, you will usually carry out your experiments and research on your own, but you will typically be part of a larger team and will share your findings and relevant information with professional colleagues. This is sometimes done at international conferences or through the publication of research papers.
You can find employment in commercial or government laboratories, hospitals and higher education institutions.
The exact nature of the work depends on the level of seniority of a research post, the specific area of life sciences studied and also whether the context is industrial or academic. However, it is likely that typical tasks will include:
Peer reviews of written publications and presentations are needed to validate theories and inform research.
It is also important to keep abreast of the work of other scientists both within the life sciences arena and in the wider scientific community.
Attendance at academic conferences across the world is considered part of the job, rather than an additional activity. Reading journals is another important aspect of the work.
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