Researchers within life sciences are primarily involved in designing, conducting and analysing experiments, either with a definite end use (to develop new products, processes or commercial applications) or to broaden scientific understanding in general. Although research is often carried out on an individual basis, researchers usually work as part of a larger team.
Typical work activities include:
- Devise and conduct experiments, analysing the results and data.
- Communicate results to the scientific community via published papers.
- Present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.
- Indeed attendance at academic conferences across the world is considered part of the job, rather than an additional activity.
- Carry out field work to inform their research. Devise or help to draw up new research proposals and apply for funding and grants.