- What do researchers do? Labour market information
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- Higher education research
- Medical scientist
Between 2006 and 2009, 1.7% of doctoral graduates, or 240 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as medical research scientists six months after graduation.
Job description and background
Doctoral level medical research scientists are typically found as HE researchers at the start of their careers, although many enter research outside the HE sector in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry and scientific research and development.
Much of a medical scientist's work is very similar in nature to the research work the new entrant carried out as a doctoral student, with an increased level of responsibility. As a result, most entrants into these research roles should have a good idea of the basic nature of the job and many of the key responsibilities. Clinical roles may differ more.
Medical research scientists plan and conduct experiments to increase the body of scientific knowledge on topics related to medicine. They may also aim to develop new, or improve existing, drugs, treatments or other medically-related products.
Research may be basic, such as investigating the underlying basis of health and disease, or it may be more applied, like conducting clinical research, investigating methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disorders. Research may be carried out at a molecular level, using appropriate cell and animal models, or using human volunteers to study the clinical effects of various factors.