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Scientific jobs and engineering jobs are crucial roles within the pharmaceuticals industry. Positions are generally based on discovery, development and manufacturing of new products, with responsibilities ranging from pre clinical research and addressing experimental protocols, to establishing sequencing instruments.

In today's pharmaceuticals industry, it is common for big companies to outsource some of their scientific jobs and engineering jobs to contract research or manufacturing organisations. However, most companies do retain a significant contingent of in-house staff for certain development projects.

There is also a growing trend towards 'virtual pharmaceutical companies', which outsource all of their scientific jobs and engineering jobs. These companies tend to favour candidates who have experience in the large organisations and they generally hire on an interim basis. These scientific jobs and engineering jobs usually involve troubleshooting and providing strategic influences, as well as project management.

Predictions for the future of scientific jobs and engineering jobs generally place pharmaceuticals-based scientific jobs and engineering jobs in academia-industry hybrid companies. Because of these trends in the industry, there is an extremely high level of competition for scientific jobs and engineering jobs. However, senior staff and highly specialised staff - especially those with commercial backgrounds - remain in great demand.

At Hays Life Sciences, we are leaders in pharmaceutical recruitment, filling scientific jobs and engineering jobs around the world. Our recruitment specialists focus on the specialised scientific disciplines in order to find and place the most relevant candidates for each position.

Scientific jobs and engineering jobs in the pharma industry

Within the pharmaceuticals industry, competition is fierce for scientific jobs and engineering jobs. It is therefore vital for candidates to have strong credentials.

To secure a scientific job or engineering job in the pharmaceuticals industry, applicants must have a life sciences degree. In most cases, companies require an MSc, if not a PhD or post doctoral qualification. All employers will be looking for candidates who received a 1st or 2.1 (or equivalent).

Generally, a year of hands-on experience in a lab will give candidates an advantage, especially if spent in an industrial environment. Often, employers will seek applicants who have had work experience in pharmaceutical or biotech company at university or who have highly commercial PhDs.

Those holding scientific jobs or engineering jobs will enjoy excellent opportunities for career advancement within the industry. This is particularly true of scientists who are commercially focussed and who hold MBAs. In fact, the majority of pharmaceutical executives (those outside the business function) started out in a lab-based function and moved upwards after gaining hands-on work experience.

Like most roles in the pharmaceuticals industry, the salary of a scientific job or engineering job depends on the position's responsibilities and location, as well as the candidate's experience level. Most vacancies pay within the range of £25,000 to £70,000 per year.

Typical pharmaceutical scientific jobs and engineering jobs:

Scientific jobs and engineering jobs within the pharmaceuticals sector are extremely diverse and require specialised knowledge. At Hays Life Sciences, we can help place applicants in vacancies throughout the industry.

  • Scientific jobs for chemists generally require a speciality in computational, analytical, physical, synthetic or organic chemistry.
  • Scientific jobs for biologists usually involve work in molecular, micro and discovery roles.
  • Formulation scientists and analysts evaluate and provide information regarding the solubility, stability, absorption and physical form of new products.
  • Biotech scientists and analysts research and develop products that use biological systems or living organisms. Their sphere of work often includes vaccines and genetic engineering.
  • Bio engineers use their cross-disciplinary expertise to research and develop chemical and mechanical technologies, with previous innovations including MRIs, artificial joints, pacemakers and dialysis.
  • Pharmacologists and toxicologists conduct research into the efficacy and safety of new and developing products.

Recruitment for scientific jobs and engineering jobs

At Hays Life Sciences, our recruitment specialists have a thorough understanding of the scientific jobs and engineering jobs that are available in the pharmaceuticals industry.

Every year, we successfully fill over 2,500 vacancies and we work with some of the world's leading life sciences companies and pharmaceuticals businesses. We are dedicated to finding the best candidate for the vacancy, saving both the employer and the job seeker time and effort.

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