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Biological / Microbiological Scientist

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Microbiologist
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€25 - 55 
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Last Updated: July, 2015

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Chemical, Biological & Physical Scientists

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Analytical chemists; industrial chemists; biomedical scientists; forensic scientists; microbiologists; geologists; medical physicists; meteorologists

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6,400

Part time workers: 7%
Aged over 55: 9%
Male / Female: 50 / 50%
Non-Nationals: 14%
With Third Level: 98%
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Studies, analyses and collects information about both plant and animal life.


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Biologists work on research and development projects. Most of this work takes place in universities. Applied research is into specific practical problems: to find a new drug to fight a disease, for example.  
 
Research and development work involves routine testing. Biologists may experiment on laboratory animals to find out if a drug is toxic or has side effects; this work is an aspect of toxicology. Next, trials on human volunteers will test the product's efficiency, and work out the correct dosage.  
 
Not all work is laboratory based. Biologists need to keep up-to-date with new ideas, techniques and developments by reading academic papers and attending conferences and seminars. Some work involves field studies and surveys.  
 
Senior scientists define and guide research projects. Junior scientists and technicians work in small teams, planning and carrying out their own experiments.

Employment opportunities exist in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. Work in the development of biotechnology products and other aspects of Research and Development (R&D) is also available. Biologists are also employed by the HSE. 

 


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You will need to be inquisitive, have an analytical mind, and enjoy solving problems. Research skills are important, as are good written and oral communication skills. You must be patient, methodical and prepared to repeat experiments. A high degree of accuracy is essential for this type of work.


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Undergraduate degree in a general biology or science area, with further training in a specialisation area of biology.  
 
Admission to a science degree course is based on the points system, with a basic entry requirement of Honours Leaving Certificate.  
 
Relevant courses are available at Universities and Institutes of Technology throughout the country.

Last Updated: November, 2014


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Organisation: Science Recruitment Ireland
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Organisation: Institute of Biology of Ireland
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