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Our experienced team of recruitment experts help place people like you in their ideal jobs every day, whether you're looking for life science consulting jobs, life science research jobs, or roles at a graduate level. You'll find all the technical and scientific positions we have available below within drug discovery, development and commercialisation. Scroll down to see our latest jobs and FAQs.

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Your life sciences job questions, answered

Is there a demand for life science professionals? 

Yes, life science employers are struggling to find the talent they need, with 88% saying they experienced skills shortages during 2021. So with employability prospects being high for life science jobs, if you see a vacancy, you’re interested in that matches your skills and experience – now is the perfect time to apply. For more information, check out our Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide.

What skills are life science employers looking for? 

While technical skills are important for life science jobs, employers are also looking for soft skills. The soft skills currently in-demand for life science professionals include: problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to adopt change, flexibility and adaptability, and critical thinking skills. To improve any of these key skills, visit Hays My Learning.

What qualifications do I need for a job in life science? 

Completing a bachelor’s degree in a related science field is the most common way of becoming qualified. Apprenticeships are also an option that combine classroom learning with hands on practical training. These tend to be shorter than degrees and allow you to go straight into work or study further. 

Should I look for a permanent or contract life science job? 

There are pros and cons to both. Contractors have the potential to earn more money than permanent staff due to typically being paid on a day-rate basis. They can also gain broader experience working on short-term projects. Whereas life science jobs that are permanent offer job security, a steady flow of income and holiday/sick pay.

How should I prepare my CV for a life sciences job I want to apply for? 

The best approach is to keep it concise - stick to two pages. Start with a snappy summary of your career background. Ensure you include these four core areas: personal details, employment history, skills (technical and soft skills), and education and qualifications. For more tips on creating a successful CV, see our guide here.

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