Research scientist

Research scientist

“A research scientist plans, leads and conducts experiments and analyses the results”

A research scientist plans, leads and conducts experiments and analyses the results, either with a definite end use, such as developing new products, processes or commercial applications, or to broaden scientific understanding in general. In this role, you’ll provide scientific and technical leadership, giving a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent. You can expect to lead on critical projects—managing the design and implementation of projects, disseminating findings, and making strategic recommendations. You’ll take into account new scientific methods and breakthroughs, identifying longer-term opportunities and risks. You’ll be able to effectively collaborate with both industry and academia, working in multidisciplinary teams, to apply results of research and develop new techniques, products or practices. You’ll be responsible for developing ethical, innovative research practices and programmes with the ability to deliver results. You’ll be a role model, with responsibility for those in senior positions and significant organisational budgets.

Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Higher)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £35,000 per annum