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Research and Development Careers 

Do you consider yourself to be a human Google? Do you like to continually question everything?  Are you constantly looking for solutions to problems that may not yet have been spotted? Then somewhere out there is a research and development department that would greatly benefit from  your outlook.     

What Is Research and Development?

Without the hard work of Research and Development (R&D) staff, we would see very little  progress in scientific innovation and technological advancement wouldn’t exist. In the world of life  sciences - particularly pharmaceuticals – it’s the people who do this developmental research who  help bring new medicines to market.   The role involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of products. Then, identifying ways in  which they could work better. Working within an R&D department you’ll spend a typical day  working alongside other scientists carrying out experiments and tests. Then, you'll record your  results and present those findings to senior staff. Many R&D scientists are also actively involved in  developing prototypes and samples through a process of testing and tweaking products.   

What’s The Outlook For The Sector?

Figures show that expenditure on research and development in the UK hit a record £33.1billion in  2016 – the highest level since records began. Since 1990 the sector has seen an​ ​average growth of 1.9 per cent annually​ and this upward trend is anticipated to continue.  

Is It The Right Career For Me?

You’ll typically be based within a laboratory and conducting experiments under your own steam  while working as part of a larger team. A research and development career offers a high level of  autonomy. It's intellectually stimulating for the brightest of minds.  In industry, R&D fuses scientific achievement with business goals. It demands both practical and  profitable results. Specific knowledge in one scientific area could naturally lead you to your ideal role in R&D in the life sciences sector – where your previous experience would be highly valued.     

What Skills And Experience Are Required and How Much Could I Earn?

You’ll need an excellent academic record and a degree in a science topic to get into developmental  research. Chemistry, engineering, biomedical sciences, pharmacology or computer science are all  good groundings for this role. Personal attributes like an enquiring mind, inquisitiveness and  tenacity are also crucial for this type of work.    The average salary for a Research & Development Manager is​ ​£41,160​.   

How Can Kelly Help Me?

Kelly is the industry leader when it comes to connecting promising candidates with some of the biggest, best, and most well-respected life science organisations in the industry. We regularly create brilliant opportunities for talented candidates and make it our mission to create harmonious hires. ​Speak to our expert team​ about finding your next move in your Research & Development career.