As a research scientist your role will be to research, plan and design science experiments that will help to answer on-going scientific investigations. This is a very broad role, so you can do tasks from field jobs such as collecting samples or planning, to supervising laboratory staff and experiments.
When progressed in the job, this role usually also includes writing and publishing scientific papers, as well as giving talks at conferences around the world. Your research can be in many different areas of science, such as mechanics or nanotechnology.
Starting salary: £25,000 to £30,000
Senior position: £55,000 to £65,000+
Usually 9am to 5pm when working in a laboratory, field work might include other hours and weekends.
While the majority of your work will be research and laboratory based, you will be able to collaborate will well-known scientists or educational facilities around the world.
Skills Valued by Employers
- Ability to work independently and as a team
- Great problem-solving and analytical skills
- Great communication skills, verbal and written
- Ability to plan and conduct scientific experiments
- Ability to work with regard to health and safety requirements
- IT skills
- Great attention to detail