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Medical Researcher

Medical research scientists devise and conduct experiments in order to increase the body of scientific knowledge on topics related to medicine. They also develop new, or improve existing, drugs, treatments or other medically related products.

Medical research takes place in higher education institutions, research institutes, hospitals and industry. The level of research is wide ranging from investigating the underlying basis of health or disease, to conducting clinical research and investigating methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disorders.

Career Option

  • There are various employers in medical research including: • Universities; • Industry (especially pharmaceutical companies); • Research councils
  • especially the Medical Research Council (MRC); • National Health Service (NHS); • Non-governmental and voluntary bodies. Work outside industry is usually funded by the government through the allocation of research funding to universities
  • research councils and hospitals.

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Courses to be pursued

  • • A Ph.D. (In biology or a related life science) • Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D.
  • but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.

Working Condition

Working hours are normally 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, due to the nature of experimental work, some evening and weekend work may be required. There may be some flexibility in start and finish times, especially in academic settings. Longer hours may be necessary when, for example, grant application deadlines are looming or an important experiment is underway. Overtime may be paid in industry but it is unusual in academia.

Personal Skill

  • • Technical
  • scientific and numerical skills; • Good written and oral communication skills; • Genuine enjoyment of the research subject; • A methodical approach to work; • Tenacity and patience; • Ability to work well in teams and to network and forge links with collaborators; • Problem-solving skills and analytical thinking; • Attention to detail.

Educational Qualification

  • • Class 10th pass • Class 10+2 with Science stream
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