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What Jobs Could I Do In Life Sciences?

Looking to work in life sciences? Here’s a handy summary of the different jobs you will find in the life science sector.

A Typical Day Working In Life Sciences

Life sciences comprise a number of different fields and specialist areas. To help you to understand a typical working day within some of the key roles within life sciences, check out our handy guide.

Professional Doctorate in Engineering (EngD)

One field where a Professional Doctorate has been conclusively shown to make a difference in career prospects is engineering (Association of Engineering Doctorates, 2014): the EngD was developed in 1992 in response to demand for a new,...

Professional Doctorate: Doctorate in Education

Some Professional Doctorate, such as the EngD, come with a clear career path and/or a proven track record of improved career prospects. For others, such as the Doctorate in Education (EdD), experiences, expectations and outcomes are very...

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language

Teaching English as a Foreign Language involves teaching in non-English speaking countries or teaching English to foreign students in an English speaking country. TEFL employment can be found in language schools, universities and...

Visiting Lecturer (HE)

Lecturers teach students at further or higher education institutions, usually between the ages of 18-80. Teaching usually takes place during the day between 9am and 6pm although some lecturers are also required to teach in the evenings....

Pro Vice-Chancellor

The role of Pro Vice-Chancellor is a position that carries much responsibility and weight. The Pro-vice chancellor is responsible for overseeing the academic direction of the university. The main responsibilities vary according to the...

University Teacher (HE)

University Teachers teach students at higher education institutions, usually between the ages of 18-80. Teaching usually takes place during the day between 9am and 6pm although some lecturers are also required to teach in the evenings....

Higher Education Librarian

The role of academic librarian differs from that of a public librarian in several ways. Most notably, an academic librarian has to link the university’s courses with library resources and the availability of information. University...

Undergraduate Admissions Officer

Undergraduate Admissions Officers are responsible for assisting new students. It is a post that combines clerical, administrative, and practical duties. Much time will be spent communicating with prospective students and their parents....

University Technician

University Laboratory Technicians do a lot of hard work. Their ‘behind the scenes’ role is vital, catering for the day-to-day running of a research lab, as well assisting students with research projects and maintaining and fixing machines.

Teacher of English Speakers of Other Languages

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is usually abbreviated to TESOL, a similar role to Teaching English as a Foreign Language, except that TESOL is usually for people who live in English-speaking countries.

Statistician

The role of a statistician involves gathering, interpreting and reporting on various types of data. The results of a statistician's research are used in decision-making, market research, and scientific research.

Senior Lecturer (HE)

Senior Lecturers teach students at further or higher education institutions, usually between the ages of 18-80. Teaching usually takes place during the day between 9am and 6pm although some lecturers are also required to teach in the...

Seminar Tutor (HE)

Seminar Tutors teach students at higher education institutions, usually between the ages of 18-80. Teaching usually takes place during the day between 9am and 6pm although some seminar tutors are also required to teach in the evenings....

Researcher (HE)

University-based researchers work in a wide range of fields in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, although the science subjects use by far the greatest number of researchers. They are usually based in one or more university...

Researcher (Privately funded or commercial company)

Private or commercially-based researchers work in a wide range of fields, including humanities, sciences and social sciences. Science subjects use by far the greatest number of researchers. They are usually based in one or more private...

Research Technician (HE)

Research Technicians work in a wide range of fields in the sciences and social sciences. They are usually based in one or more university departments and work on projects alone, or collaboratively with colleagues in the same institution...

Research Professor (HE in the UK)

Research Professors have a primary responsibility for leading the research culture in their department. They may also teach students at higher education institutions. In many cases they will do less undergraduate teaching and focus more...

Research Assistant (HE)

Research Assistants work in a wide range of different fields in the sciences and social sciences. They are usually based in one or more university departments and work on projects alone, or collaboratively with colleagues in the same...

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