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- Research and development manager
Research and development manager
Between 2006 and 2009, 0.9% of employed doctoral graduates, or 130 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as R&D managers six months after graduation.
Doctoral level R&D managers are typically found as researchers outside the HE sector at the start of their careers.
A research and development manager (R&D manager) is responsible for research activity, usually in a scientific or technical setting. This usually involves co-ordinating research and management of a team or teams involved in innovation, from theoretical research to new product development. The role is well suited to doctoral graduates with leadership ability and many holders of doctoral graduates go into these positions or progress into them.
R&D managers can often expect to provide leadership and guidance to teams in novel situations or where unusual issues occur, and to be able to select, evaluate and adapt new techniques to fit new circumstances.
R&D managers are found across all sectors of industry where research and innovation takes place and often have a crucial role in the development of new products and business. Many R&D managers take a back seat in active research and instead guide teams of researchers themselves.