Our recruitment experience in discovery research and development jobs
We have unbeaten experience in placing people like you in discovery research and development roles that are crying out for your skillset, so why not view our current vacancies today?
With over 50 years of experience in placing individuals in career-defining roles, we’re in the best place to become your lifelong career partner in life sciences.
Our industry-leading employer networks and cutting-edge technology mean that our specialist consultants will be able to connect you with bespoke roles in discovery research and development at every stage of your career.
Take a look at our extensive choice of discovery research and development roles.
Our life science discovery research and development jobs
We work with the top bioscience, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies to recruit for life science business development and product development jobs, life science research assistant positions, and analytical research roles.
With our 100 offices across the UK and our hybrid recruitment process, we’re here to support you in finding your next career-enhancing role in discovery research and development wherever you are.
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LIFE SCIENCES DISCOVERY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT JOBS FAQs
Life science research and development roles give you the opportunity to push forward scientific progress by applying your technical skills and subject knowledge to a specific problem. You'll be designing experiments and drawing conclusions for scientific research. This research is then used to improve or create new products, processes and services for a chosen area of science.
Life science research jobs generally require a research degree. A PhD is expected for academic scientific research and can be beneficial to progress into management roles. However, having another relevant undergraduate degree, along with good lab and technical skills, will also help you secure your next role in life science research.
The main skills needed for life science research jobs include communication, mathematical, and technical skills, and a methodical approach to analysing and processing data. Employers also value soft skills like the ability to adapt to change, problem-solving skills, as well as flexibility and adaptability. There are many free training programmes available to develop these soft skills, including My Learning.
As good research and technical skills are a must to work in this sector, make sure you clearly list specific lab and technical skills on your CV. Also remember to highlight any practical research experience, experimental design and data handling courses you've completed.
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