CAREERS IN… Chemistry and Forensic Science

Forensic Science The links below are relevant to Chemistry & Forensic Science and will list careers information, employers in your field and job/work experience opportunities.

You may want to look at other areas closely aligned to your subject area. Also bear in mind that there are a range of careers open to you which may not directly relate to the subject you have studied. Take a look at Things you can do with your degree to discover more careers options.

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Prospects – Graduate Careers Website with information covering all career areas.

  • Job Profiles – Search A-Z of job profiles or view job categories which includes Health Care and Scientific Services.
  • Job Sectors – Job sector profiles include: Science & Pharmaceuticals.
  • Job Vacancies – Search for graduate jobs/placements by type of work and region.

ABPI Careers site 'Studying Chemistry’ – Find out why Chemistry is important to the Pharmaceutical Industry and career opportunities available.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Careers site – Find out about career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry.

Association of British Science Writers – Find out more about science writing and journalism in the UK. Includes a 'Jobs’ section.

British Toxicology Society – Browse 'Careers’ to explore careers in toxicology. Site also includes a Vacancy section.

Department for Education Teaching Agency – See 'Get into teaching’ if you are interested in a career in teaching.

NHS Careers in Health Care Sciences – Find out about healthcare science opportunities in the NHS.

“Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)“ – find out about trainee investigator roles with the IPCC.

Science & Technology Facilities Council – student internships – One of Europe’s largest research organisations specialising in science, engineering, computing and technology. STFC offer a variety of opportunities for undergraduates including: sandwich placements and paid vacation schemes. Whilst working at STFC you will gain on the job work experience, working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers.

STEM Graduates – Specialised careers site for students studying Science, IT, Engineering and Maths subjects. Includes jobs with an immediate start and graduate schemes.

STEM Women – Promoting Opportunities, Employers and Events to Female Students (and Graduates) studying STEM subjects.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences – View 'Careers’ and 'Jobs’ tabs.

The Royal Society of Chemistry – View 'Jobs and Careers’.

RCS Chemistry World – Keep up to date with current issues within the chemistry sector.

Science Career Pathways – Developed by Cogent (Skills for Science Based Industries) in partnership with employers to introduce students to the huge range of job and career opportunities available in the science-based industries. Includes careers advice and information, recruitment, placement and other opportunities.

Science Council – 10 types of scientist – Science jobs are not all the same – the Science Council identifies 10 types of scientist roles.

What can you do with a degree in forensic science? – A comprehensive listing of links compiled by the University of Kent Careers Service which includes forensic employers and job vacancy information

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Alere Inc. – A major global developer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced medical diagnostic products.

Cancer Research UK graduate schemes – Every year Cancer Research UK offer final year students and graduates a unique opportunity to join their graduate trainee scheme. The Scientific Strategy & Funding Stream graduate schemes specifically targets natural, physical and life sciences. The graduate scheme is ranked No. 3 on the Guardian 300 and ranked at number 46 in the Times Top 100 graduate employer league table.

EMedCareers – A leading recruitment site for the pharmaceutical, biotechnical and medical sectors.

Gradcracker – Search for science placements and graduate jobs.

NHS Wales CareersNHS Wales, is the largest employer in Wales, and offers a wide range of science related roles.
Find out about career opportunities and NHS Wales Work Experience Opportunities

Science & Technology Facilities Council – student internships – One of Europe’s largest research organisations specialising in science, engineering, computing and technology. STFC offer a variety of opportunities for undergraduates including: sandwich placements and paid vacation schemes. Whilst working at STFC you will gain on the job work experience, working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers. – Search for graduate and placement schemes and jobs in science and research

www.topcareer jobs & placements – Recruitment site for research councils, including: Biotechnology & Biological Sciences, Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Pirbright Institute, and Science & Technology Council.

Forensic Science Jobs

ArroGen Forensics – ArroGen offer a comprehensive range of forensic science services, such as forensic biology and chemistry and more specialist such as forensic ecology.

Environmental Scientifics Group – Includes a Forensic Science Service division.

Forensic Access – An independent forensic scientists and forensic science provider offering quality accredited forensic science in the UK & overseas.

Forensic Resources Ltd – A forensic science consultancy firm based in Cardiff that specialises in forensic analysis and the expert witness industry.

Forensic Science Northern Ireland – View 'Careers’.

Key Forensic Services – A leading forensic service provider. View ‘KFS Careers’ to find vacancy information.

Lextox – Drug and Alcohol Testing forensic toxicology laboratory based in Cardiff.

LGC ForensicsLGC is a world leader in forensic science and the UK’s leading full service forensics provider. Working with all 43 Police Forces in England and Wales, HM Prison Service, HMRC and private organisations.

Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Operations – View Forensic Sciences.

National Careers Service – Scenes of Crime Officer.

New Scientist Jobs – Browse by discipline eg. Forensics/Toxicology.

Orchid Cellmark – A leading international provider of Forensic Services – view ‘Careers/Jobs’.

Police UK/List of Police Forces – : Identify opportunities with regional police forces particularly in their scientific investigation units – look for Careers, Recruitment and Join the Police tabs.

Prospects job profile – Forensic Scientist.

Scottish Police Authority – View Forensic Sciences.

Skills for Justice – Skills for Justice is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of an improved and sustainable Justice and Community Safety sector workforce across the UK. View ‘Working in Forensic Science’ – Careers section.

South Wales Police – Scientific Investigation Unit.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences new job search site – Explore forensic jobs by function and location.

The Association of Forensic Providers – View current members which links you to forensic science providers.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences CSOFS – A professional body and the voice for forensic practitioners both in the UK and abroad.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences jobs board – Search by specialism and location.

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service – The National Ballistics Intelligence Service delivers forensic intelligence to tackle all aspects of firearms related criminality within the UK.

Chemistry Jobs

Chemistry World Jobs – The official jobs board of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

COGENT Life Sciences Placements Service – Cogent’s Life Science Placements Service is an employer-led programme which has been developed to increase the number of student and graduate placements currently being offered by industry.

Laboratory of the Government Chemist – One of the UK’s leading independent provider of analytical and diagnostic services. View the ‘Careers’ section to find out about opportunities available.

Gradcracker – Search chemistry/science related graduate vacancies and placements.

Hays Life Sciences – Hays Life Sciences’ Pharmacovigilance (PV) team provides job seekers with a range of drug safety jobs. – Science, research and academic related vacancies in the UK and abroad.

New Scientist Jobs – Science and technology jobs.

Nature – Search a database of science vacancies by job type.

NHS Jobs – Browse jobs by category and location.

Public Analyst – Public Analysts work to ensure the health and safety of the public in relation to food, animal feed, water, environmental matters and consumer protection. There are 24 Public Analyst laboratories within the UK.

Surgical Medical Testing Laboratory – The Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL) is part of the Welsh NHS and based at the Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend.

Targetjob Science – Graduate jobs, work experience and internships. – Find your ideal job or placement with the UK’s Research Councils.

Science Recruitment Agencies

Approach some local specialist science recruitment agencies for short term opportunities in the UK. Often pharmaceutical companies use recruitment agencies to handle their vacancies. Many short term opportunities will be technical or lab-based and agencies and companies will want to know what lab techniques and specialist equipment you have used.

Agency Central – View the Scientific Recruitment Agencies Directory.

Cranleigh Scientific – An independent recruitment business specialising in science, environmental and renewables vacancies.

Hyper Recruitment Solutions – A specialist recruitment company dedicated to science and technology jobs in the UK.

Jobs in Science – A specialist employment business providing recruitment solutions to the science industry in the UK.

Just Life Sciences Just Life Sciences is an independent specialist Life Sciences Sector recruitment consultancy based in Cardiff.

Lab Support UK – Specialist recruitment site offering a wide variety of laboratory and clinical research opportunities.

Matchtech – Search for science jobs or placements.

Reed Scientific – Scientific recruitment specialist with offices across the UK (including Cardiff), Reed Scientific is particularly strong in pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals (organic and analytical chemists), biotech, clinical data management, food and utilities. View the 'About Us’ guide here

Sigma Recruitment – Life Science Recruitment Agency – Sigma Recruitment recruits for life science and scientific positions across South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea and Bridgend for all positions up to senior management level providing recruitment support for the life science hub in Cardiff, the Medicentre at Heath Park Cardiff, scientific laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, contract testing and quality assurance organisations.

SRG Science Recruitment – A resourcing company dedicated to the science, clinical and engineering sectors.

Chemistry Placement Links

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ABPI Careers – Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry A-Z of Pharmaceutical Recruiters and job/placement search.

Chemistry World Jobs A-Z of RecruitersA-Z of recruiters currently advertising jobs on Chemistry World Jobs website (RSC). Great way of identifying recruiters that offer placements. Also check out their RSC Placements page

Cogent SSC – Skills Sector Council for Science, includes a placements section.

Gradcracker chemistry work-placements Work Placements accepting Chemical students.

IAESTE – Placements abroad are available in Biology, Biosciences, Plant Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Forensics and Chemistry. Go to ‘For Students’ – Outgoing UK Trainees.

Pharmiweb & – Lists pharmaceutical companies, clinical research and R&D Biotech companies in the UK that you can target to find out about work placements.

Prospects placement search – Search for placements by science & pharmaceutical category by clicking onto the ‘work experience’ box in the Type of work section.

Indeed – Search for placements by subject area. Science & Research placement guide – A science placement & internship guide.

Student ladder summer internships – Information on Work Placements, Graduate Schemes & Internship opportunities.

Target Jobs Science – placement search – Science & research placement advice.

Chemistry & Pharmaceutical sector in Wales

Alta Sciences – Based in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and part of the Alta Sciences group. View 'Careers’ and 'Contact Us’ to find out about opportunities available

BioMonde – A European wound care company specialising in the manufacture and distribution of larval debridement therapy. BioMonde have two manufacturing facilities; one is located with head office at Bridgend, South Wales and a second in Hamburg, Germany

Biomet – Manufacturer of hip and knee replacement products based in Bridgend

Biotec Services International – Based in Bridgend and provides clinical trial supply services to the Pharmaceutical Industry.

BBIBBI Solutions is a leading expert in immunoassay development and manufacturing services – based in Cardiff

BTG GroupBTG is an international specialist healthcare company developing and commercialising products targeting acute care, oncology and vascular diseases. Protherics UK Ltd, is part of the BTG International group company based in Wales

Lifescienceshubwales – Life Science Hub Wales based in Cardiff Bay, is the focal point for the sector in Wales – stimulating interaction, innovation, networking and collaboration

MediWales – The life science network for Wales

MTD Milton Treharne & Davies Group – Providing scientific consultancy, surveying and testing services to a worldwide client base from offices in Wales, UK , Europe, USA, Asia and Australia.

Norgine – A leading independent European specialty pharmaceutical company specialising in Faecal incontinence Hepatology and Cirrhosis. Located in Hengoed, South Wales

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics – Serves the transfusion medicine community and laboratories around the world. Ortho Clinical Diagnostics has a base in Pencoed, Bridgend

PCI Services UKPCI is the leader in providing contract pharmaceutical packaging services

Quotient Bioresearch is a leading CRO, providing Radiochemistry, Drug Metabolism and E-fate solutions and has a base in Cardiff

Siemens Healthcare – One of the world’s largest suppliers of technology to the healthcare industry and a leader in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics and healthcare IT. Located throughout the UK including Wales

Simbec – Clinical contract research organisation based in Merthyr – Biotech-pharmaceuticals – Find out about the Biotech & Pharmaceutical Sector in Wales


ALMAC – Research, pharmaceutical and clinical development company.

Alta Sciences – Based in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and part of the Alta Sciences group. View 'Careers’and 'Contact Us’ to find out about opportunities available.

AlereToxicology – Alere Toxicology provides over 10 million drug and alcohol tests each year for customers in over 75 countries. View their careers section for job opportunities.

Burgoynes – Consulting scientists and engineers specialising in forensic investigation.

BP students & graduates – Check out BP Graduate Programmes and BP – internships for opportunities in engineering, science or business and trading.

Covance – A biopharmaceutical development services company. Search jobs by category – Lab Services and Toxicology

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Careers – Find out about graduate opportunities and job vacancies.

Forensic Equity – Provide forensic science services, consultancy and training. View 'Careers’.

Forensic Access – An independent provider of forensic science expertise in the UK and overseas.

L’Oreal UK – View 'Careers’ to find out about placement and graduate opportunities.

Lion Laboratories – Welsh based company specialising in breathalyser equipment.

Norgine – A specialty pharmaceutical company with an extensive pan-European presence. Norgine’s manufacturing site is based in Wales.

One Scientific – An independent food and water testing laboratory based in Bristol. Check out the Vacancies and Contact Us tabs to find out about opportunities.

Proctor & Gamble Careers – Find out about placement opportunities and the range of graduate and management roles available.

Roche Products Ltd – Diagnostics and pharmaceutical company. View 'Careers’ to find out about opportunities available.

Royal Mint – Find out about career opportunities with the Royal Mint.

Scott Bader – A multinational chemical company with manufacturing sites in Europe, Middle East and South Africa.

Scenesafe – A supplier of forensic products.

Tata Steel – Placement, graduate opportunities and general vacancies in a wide variety of roles.

Employer Directories

ABPIA-Z of Pharmaceutical Recruiters – Pharmaceutical-Recruiters and Job/placement search – Search A-Z of recruiters and find placements and job opportunities by locations, category and employment areas.

Chemistry World Jobs A-Z of RecruitersA-Z of recruiters currently advertising jobs on Chemistry World Jobs (the official jobs board of the Royal Society of Chemistry).

Document Evidence – Examine material for a wide range of customers, including investigative and prosecuting authorities.

Career Player Videos – Including video profiles on 'Health Care & Medical Sciences’ and 'Science/Research & Development’

New Scientist Graduate Careers Special. This is a really useful online publication and includes advice on recruitment, key employers and opportunities. Students can read online for free at

Reed Scientific Guide – 5 top tips to get the most from a careers fair

Reed Scientific Guide – What are employers looking for in a science graduate

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