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A Molecular Biologist’s skills can be applied in a number of ways within the Biotech industry (and other industries related to scientific development and innovation) making your career within this fast-developing sector up to you. This variety enables you as a Molecular Biologist to choose the discipline that suits you whether that be within Cell & Gene Therapies, Regenerative Medicine, Mammalian Bioproduction, Synthetic Biology, or more. Molecular Biologists are always in demand due to the flexibility of the skills you have and how they can be applied. For example, Molecular Biology skills can be applied within Research and Development / R&D, working on the next generation of therapies, or within process development or manufacturing. Whichever path you take as a Molecular Biologist you will have the chance to use your science in a creative manner and work on the latest technologies to continue to drive forward research through each next phase, to have a positive impact on society.
There is a range of job titles for Molecular Biologists but the most common in Biotechnology are: Junior Scientist, Senior Scientist, Lead Scientist, Principal Scientist.
Skills and Experience required to become a Molecular Biolgist
The specific scientific skills and experience required will depend upon the role, but would typically include:-
- PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant subject, such as Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology
- Post doctoral experience in a commercial environment
- Experience with biological/biochemical assays (e.g. ELISAs) and analytical methods
- Creative, rigorous thinker able to use initiative
- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, external partners and collaborators.
Salaries within Molecular Biology can be quite generous. In most Biotech / Biotechnology / Innovation organisations, an experienced Molecular Biologist (i.e. a PhD, backed with 2-3 years’ experience in a commercial research laboratory, in a Biotech company, or in an academic setting aligned to biotech development) can expect to earn around £40,000.