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Research Scientist jobs in Sunderland

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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. 

Sunderland

Sunderland is a city in Tyne and Wear in the North East region of England.  Major towns and cities within easy reach of Sunderland include Newcastle upon Tyne which is ten miles away, Durham, 12 miles away, Manchester and Edinburgh, both of which are approximately 100 miles away.  Sunderland is a coastal city and port at the mouth of the River Wear and this location made it an ideal centre for shipbuilding.  Shipbuilding and coalmining were the major employers in Sunderland until after WW2 when increased competition from overseas resulted in the last shipyard closing in 1988 and the last coal mine in 1994.  Following the decline of these industries in the late 20th century, Sunderland grew into a commercial centre for the automotive industry science & technology and the service sector.   The Nissan plant is the largest car manufacturing site in the UK and companies such as EE, Royal Mail and EDF have set up their contact centres in the area.

A major attraction in Sunderland is the National Glass Centre which depicts the history of glass production in the area from 7th century to the present day and also offers visitors the chance to have a go at blowing glass.

Famous people from Sunderland: Emeli Sandé, singer and Lauren Laverne, DJ and presenter