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Science and Pharmaceuticals sector

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

Association of Independent Research and Technology Organisations (AIRTO)

Cogent the Skills Sector Council for Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Petroleum and Polymers.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - The main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences.

Interconnect is the network for women studying science, engineering, technology and the built environment in Scotland. Connect with other students, qualified women and employers to start your career before you finish your studies.

The Job Crowd - Careers in Scientific Services

KTP research: opportunities for joint projects between business and academia

New Scientist

The Royal Society - The Royal Society is an independent scientific academy of the UK dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It plays an influential role in national and international science policy and supports developments in science engineering and technology in a wide range of ways.

SCI provides information and resources to chemists and life scientists looking to build a career in industry. They offer career events, case studies and travel bursaries, but their most valuable asset is their network of industrial scientists.

Science Careers - from the journal Science, this website has a career magazine for scientists, career profiles, and a range of tools and tips.

Science Council

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) - Multidisciplinary science research organisation with information on work experience and graduate placements.

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Offers traineeship and voluntary options

Medical Research Council (MRC) – this also has a careers section with details on the fellowships and studentships they offer

Vitae: career development programme for PhDs and postdocs

Biological Sciences

Royal Society of Biology – membership organisation for biologists.  Website includes national and local news and events as well as links to work experience and internship opportunities.  Also includes an Ultimate Guide for Bioscience Graduates which can be found here.

Medical Research Council – a publicly funded organisation dedicated to improving human health through world-class medical research.  Provides an interactive career framework which gives information on possible options for careers and funding in biomedical research within academia and/or industry.

Spotlight on the Life Sciences, A Guide to Biology Careers - developed by the Royal Society of Biology, this guide highlights a variety of careers open to bioscience students and includes interviews with biologists.

British Society for Immunology – set up to promote excellence in immunological research, scholarship and clinical practice in order to improve human and animal health.  Website includes a careers section with useful resources as well as a jobs board advertising relevant vacancies.

Microbiology Society – a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses.  Website includes a range of useful resources including career and professional development related support.

Society for Applied Microbiology - the voice of applied microbiology and oldest microbiology society in the UK. Its object is to advance for the benefit of the public the science of microbiology in its application to the environment, human and animal health, agriculture and industry.

Society for Endocrinology – a membership organisation supporting scientists, clinicians and nurses who work with hormones throughout their careers.   Site includes information on pathways into endocrinology following a life-sciences degree.

The Physiological Society – largest network of physiologists in Europe, the Physiological Society in a charitable organisation which adheres to the International Union of Physiological Sciences.  Includes career information covering research, university teaching, science communication, sports science, healthcare and industry.   Also provides information on their early career schemes and summer studentships.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) - a trade body of the UK pharmaceutical industry.  Website includes list of pharmaceutical recruiters.

Biochemical Society – promotes the future of molecular biosciences, facilitating the sharing of expertise, supporting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology, and raising awareness of their importance in addressing societal grand challenges.  Site includes a dedicated education and careers section.

Institute of Biomedical Science – The professional body for biomedical scientists in the UK.  It aims to promote and develop the role of biomedical science within healthcare and to deliver the best possible service for patient care and safety.  Website includes a career profiles section featuring roles in areas such as medical microbiology, cellular pathology and special and nutrition chemistry.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences – the professional body representing forensic sciences worldwide.  Website provides information on accredited postgraduate forensic science course and careers information.

The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB) – The ACB is the professional body representing laboratory medicine.  Website includes a careers and education section containing useful pointers for those considering a career in clinical science.

Clinical and Contract Research Association – not-for-profit organisation originally founded to represent independent clinical research contractors and allied industries.  Website has list of member profiles and relevant news and press release sections.

Science Council – provides the quality assurance system for those working in science.  Site includes information on how to become a registered scientist.

Bio Now - has informative newsletters, notes on conferences, a jobs section, etc.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) – BBSRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Scientific Technicians Career Profiles - Individual technician and research assistant career profiles.

NHS Scotland Careers – job profiles of healthcare scientist roles within NHS Scotland.

Physician Associate job profile – information on the physician associate role which supports doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – Britain’s leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non-medical life sciences.

TalentScotland – information on Scotland’s thriving science industry.

Life and Chemical Sciences Scottish Directory – information on over 1000 companies and organisations in the life and chemical sciences sector in Scotland.

United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) – organisation representing all science parks in the UK.

List of 250 Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies in the UK – pharmaceutical and medical device company career page directory.

Bio Dundee gives information on Life Sciences in the local area including companies, vacancies and events.

Centre for Environmental Fisheries & Aquaculture Science - CEFAS is an internationally renowned scientific research and advisory centre working in fisheries management, environmental protection and aquaculture.

Marine Biological Association - The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (MBA) is a professional body for marine biologists.

National Oceanography Centre - SOC is one of the world's leading centres for research and education in marine and earth sciences, for the development of marine technology and for the provision of large scale infrastructure and support for the marine research community.

Natural Environment Research Council - The NERC council aims to promote and support high quality basic, strategic and applied research into the marine and environmental sciences.

Scottish Association for Marine Science - The association aims to promote and support high quality basic, strategic and applied research into the marine and environmental sciences.


Physics World Careers - Physics World Careers guide

Institute of Physics - website is a great source of information. – careers in physics

Research Councils UK (RCUK)

The Institute of Physics has a number of career guides available to both students and members of the IoP.

Institute of Nanotechnology

SPIE, the international Society for Optics and Photonics

Medical Device Network - News, views and contacts from the global Medical industry.

The Royal Meteorological Society - is the Learned and Professional Society for weather and climate.

The Society for Radiological Protection

British Nuclear Medicine Society

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Your future with physics: Career directions


Royal Society of Chemistry - produces a monthly publication, 'Chemistry in Britain', which has a jobs section on-line.  Also includes a careers focussed resource, ‘A Future in Chemistry’which can be found here and information related to their Early Career Network.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) – the trade body of the UK pharmaceutical industry.  Website includes career information on what it’s like to work in the industry and career opportunities available.

Chemical Sciences Scotland – established to bring together the entire chemical science sector in Scotland to facilitate collaboration and partnerships, and to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for the whole industry.

Chemicals Northwest – an industry-led, cluster organisation that works with the chemistry-using industries of the North West and surrounding area.

British Association for Chemical Specialties – a trade association whose members operate in the speciality chemicals sector of the chemicals supply chain.

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) - is the largest organisation that represents chemical and pharmaceutical businesses throughout the UK.

Chemical Sciences Scotland – a unique partnership of industry with Scotland's world-renowned academic sector and government agencies.

Chemistry World maintains an online archive of its ‘Careers Clinic', ‘Personal Profile' and ‘Company Profile' articles, which can provide invaluable insights into potential fields of employment. A printed archive can is also available in the Careers Centre. Chemistry World homepage.

European Young Chemists’ Network – the youth division of the European Chemical Society with the goal to promote Chemistry in Europe as well as to give new educational and networking opportunities to students and professionals.

Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) – an inclusive, multi-disciplinary and multi-science forum connecting scientists and business people.  A number of useful resources including information on early careers.

Career Opportunities for Chemistry Graduates – produced by the University of Strathclyde.

NHS Clinical Sciences

NHS Healthcare Scientist Training Programme (STP):

NHS Scotland Careers Clinical Scientist (Life Sciences) - information on working as a Life Sciences Clinical Scientist within the NHS.

Association of Clinical Scientists - professional association whose prime role is to assess trainees as a preliminary to registration as a Clinical Scientist with the HCPC.  Includes useful information for clinical scientist applicants.

The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine - professional body representing laboratory medicine.  Website includes information on Clinical Scientist Careers.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) - clinical scientist recruitment related information. 

Academy for Healthcare Science - overarching body for the UK Healthcare Science workforce.  Website includes Career Framework for Healthcare Scientists.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - regulator of health and care professions in the UK.  Website includes information on standards of proficiency for clinical scientists.

Careers Outside of the Lab

Science Alternatives – useful summary of alternative science careers by Oxford University.

MySciCareer – regularly updated resource of first-person stories about science careers that intends to flag up some of the diverse opportunities now available.

Considering…Science careers outside the lab – information sheet designed by University of York for student who would like to use the skills and/or knowledge that they have gained from studying science, but would prefer not to work in a lab setting.

Beyond the Lab – video link from AGCAS Scotland with insight from those working within science communication, teaching, the Met Office, ecology, clinical scientist/medical sales, physician associate role, and regulatory medical writer role.

Science Communications

What is Science Communications? - from STEM Communicators Network.

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - set up to inspire and support universities to engage with the public.  Website includes information on working with science centres.

Scottish Government Science Engagement - information on Scottish Government funding for the public to engage with science.

Science Writer Job Profile - Prospects job profile on science writing including useful case study.

Association of British Science Writers - an association for media professionals who cover science, medicine, environment, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Science JISCMail - a forum of discussion of any matter relating to public ommunication of science and public engagement with science.

FirstMedCommsJob – useful resources related to careers in medical communications.

A Guide to Getting Started in Medical Communications - careers guide about medical writing by MedComms.

Science Policy

Society of Biology Science Policy Careers - background into science policy careers.

Science Policy Careers – useful summary of careers in science policy by University of Edinburgh.

Government Office for Science: Policy Internship Scheme - 3 month internship placements for current UKRI-funded PhD students.

Civil Service Fast Stream: Science and Engineering Scheme - focus on science and engineering and how it underpins government policy across a wide range of areas.

Medical Sales

Medical Sales Representative - Prospects job profile on medical sales.

Institute of Sales Management - a not-for-profit membership organisation representing sales professionals in the UK and internationally.

Patents and Trademarks

The UK Intellectual Property Office - the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK.

What is a Patent Attorney? - Inside Careers provides a detailed insight into the role of a patent attorney, written by the former President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

European Patent Office (EPO) - The EPO offers inventors a uniform application procedure which enables them to seek patent protection in up to 40 European countries. The website provides information on working as an examiner of patents, including videos of current examin ers talking about their roles.

'From PhD to Patent Attorney' - an article from looking at the career path of a scientist who went from a PhD in organic chemistry to a career as a patent attorney.

'In Person: A Career in Biotech Patent Law' - an article from Science, which is an account of one individual's work in patent law. The same journal has a patent law career overview too.

Inside Careers: Patent Attorneys - information on the profession, including what a patent attorney is, the different areas of work , student questions answered in employer Q&As , and their Chartered Patent Attorneys Careers Guide.

TOPRA is the professional membership organisation for individuals who work in healthcare regulatory affairs across Europe.

What is Regulatory Affairs? - an overview of the regulatory affairs profession from TOPRA.

International Trade Mark Association (INTA) - a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce.