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Research Scientist jobs in Dunfermline

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Welcome to Next Phase Recruitment! We are very experienced in helping people to progress their careers in Research. Firstly, here is a general guide to a career path in this sector. Please also scroll further down the page to see and apply for our current jobs that match your search criteria. We also invite you to go to the main page of our website for a broader job search and call us on 01403 216216 for a confidential discussion about your career options. 

Research Scientist

Research Scientists are often multi-disciplinary, with experience of using a range of scientific reearch techniques covering Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics, depending on the environment.  Often one of the most innovative sectors for Research Scientists is Synthetic Biology, which has a wide range of applications as well as the potential to impact on society significantly.  Examples of the applications are bio production, use of waste feedstocks for the manufacture of high value products, manipulation of virus or mammalian cells to be used within Viral Vector manufacture, and Cell & Gene Therapies.  Due to the relative youth of this sector this is an area where the most creative and forward thinking research scientists will be able to bring their ideas to the market, right at the cutting edge of new discoveries and innovations.  New technologies such as CRISPR will transform the industry and are now becoming more commonplace, with so many applications yet to be explored and true impact to be measured.

Research Scientists tend to have quite standard job titles – Junior Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Lead Scientist, Principal Scientist and so on.

Skills and Experience required to become a Research Scientist

  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant field
  • Post doctoral experience in a commercial environment
  • Automation, statistics, design of experiments and/or programming
  • Multidisciplinary industrial environment
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to use your own initiative to work autonomously
  • Knowledge of GMLP / GLP or ISO Standards
  • Innovative, creative scientist who enjoys problem solving

Salary Levels

Research Scientists can receive a wide range of salaries depending on their seniority and areas of expertise. A graduate-level Research Scientist  would expect to earn something around £23k - £25k initially and to then progress up through each next phase of their career as a Research Scientist, especially in specialist areas such as Viral Vector science, Fermentation and Genetic Manipulation. 

Dunfermline is the second largest town in Fife, Scotland and is located approximately 3 miles from the northern shore of the Firth of Forth, 40 miles from Glasgow, 17 from Edinburgh and also 17 from Stirling.  Dunfermline was the capital of Scotland for over 500 years. Dunfermline Abbey, which was founded in the 12th century by Queen Margaret, is the most famous ancient building in the town and its graveyard was been the burial place of 11 of Scotland's kings and queens up to including Robert The Bruce in 1329.  Other ancient buildings include the Royal Palace, Abbot House and St Margaret's Cave.

There are numerous golf course within easy reach of Dunfermline, including the world famous St Andrew’s golf course which is only 40 miles away.  The majority of employment in Dunfermline is in the service sector, with significant employers Sky UK, Amazon and Best Western.  The Carnegie campus just outside the city is home to a growing number of technology, medical device and other hi-tech companies.

Famous people born in Dunfermline: Iain Banks, novelist and Barbara Dickson, singer/songwriter