Research scientists

Discover the opportunities available to you as a scientist wishing to develop your career in medical research.

Research scientist career

If you are a PhD student or early career researcher at the University of Southampton interested in medical research, we can provide you with advice and support on how to progress in your career.


The Medical Research Council's interactive career framework shows the range of possible biomedical research career pathways that you can follow, with case studies by people in those careers.


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Other career opportunities

It is worth mentioning that only a small proportion of postdocs continue into tenured faculty positions. However, scientists are highly sought after and there are a wide range of alternative career routes available.

Many research scientists choose to follow a career in industry, while others decide to find roles away from the bench that still keep them connected to science. This Naturejobs blog provides a helpful introduction to some of the main alternative career paths open to post-doctoral scientists. 


Prof Donna Davies: training lead for research scientists