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Research Scientist jobs in Oxfordshire

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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. 

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a county in South East England, to the north west of London.  Major towns and cities in Oxfordshire include Oxford, Banbury, Bicester, Witney, Thame, Abingdon, Wantage, Didcot, Harwell, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames.  Oxfordshire has the largest concentration of research and development activity in Western Europe.  Harwell Oxford Campus, part of Science Vale Oxford UK, is being developed as a world-class centre for science, innovation and enterprise.   Milton Park is of the UK’s foremost science communities, housing companies ranging from start-ups to global organisations with particular strengths in the biotechnology and ICT sectors.  Education and tourism are major employers in Oxfordshire.  Tourist attractions in Oxfordshire include the stunning city of Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Henley-on-Thames, Bicester Shopping village and numerous attractive towns dotted along the river Thames.

Famous people born in Oxfordshire:  Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister and Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist