Biomedical Research Scientist

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This page contains all notes on biomedical research scientists over and above what we put in our career profile. Read the profile first, here.

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What is this career path?

Biomedical scientists do research on how the human body works with the aim of finding new ways to improve health. Biomedical research spans academia and industry. Academia tends to focus on improving tools and techniques, studying healthy biological processes and studying diseases, whereas industry tends to focus on generating and evaluating possible treatments. (“(A) – (C) are generally associated with academia, while (D) – (F) are generally associated with industry. “ [1]) In this profile we focus on biomedical scientists who work in academia.

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What are the major stages of this career?

Training is done either through a PhD in biomedical sciences, or through doing a medical degree.

Typical career trajectory:

  • Initial training: Study in medicine or a PhD in biological sciences (4-10 years)
  • Junior researcher: Work in an established lab underneath the lab head, initially as a postdoc, and then as a tenure-track professor. During this phase you aim to publish, and find a promising field to specialise in.
  • Mid-level researcher:
  • Senior researcher:

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What is it like day-to-day?

Your days mainly consist of:

  • Running experiments in the lab
  • Writing academic papers and grant applications
  • Discussing your experiments with your boss and other members of the lab
  • Going to conferences, talks and learning about developments in the field
  • Teaching graduate students
  • If senior, managing and mentoring the other members of your lab.

Junior researchers may spend most of their time in the lab, while senior researchers spend most of their time managing, writing papers and speaking to other researchers.

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