CAREERS IN...Pharmaceutical Science

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

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

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

British Pharmacological Society – Careers in Pharmacology – Find out about careers in pharmacology and how to progress into this field of work

British Pharmacological Society – Job & Opportunities – Search for jobs, studentships and internships

Hays Life Sciences – Hays Life Sciences’ Pharmacovigilance (PV) team provides job seekers with a range of drug safety jobs

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

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

NHS Careers – Clinical Pharmaceutical Science – Find out about this NHS career and how to progress into it.

NHS Careers – Healthcare Science – If you are passionate about technology or science, and about helping others, a career in healthcare science in the NHS offers a wide range of opportunities.

PMLiVE – An excellent site for information on careers & jobs in the pharmaceutical industry.

Science Career Pathways – includes a huge range of job and career opportunities available in the science-based industries.



Jobs and Work Experience

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ABPI Careers – Pharmaceutical-Recruiters and Job/placement search – Search A-Z of recruiters and find placements and job opportunities by location, and sector.

Access-ScienceJobs.co.uk – Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and other Science Jobs within the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Chemical, Environmental, Forensics and related industries.

Azuna – Pharmaceutical recruitment site, search for jobs by region and category

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.

Chemistry World Jobs – The Royal Society of Chemistry jobs board

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.

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.

E Med Careers – A leading recruitment site for the pharmaceutical, biotechnical and medical sectors.

InPharm – Directory of pharmaceutical companies in the UK. Use the advanced search

Jobs.ac.uk – Science, research and academic related vacancies in the UK and abroad.

Jobs in Life Sciences – An online job board specifically focused on the Life Sciences industry.

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

New Scientist Jobs – Science and technology 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

NHS Jobs – Browse jobs by category and location.

Parexel.comPAREXEL is a contract research organization (CRO) who counts among its clients some of the world’s largest drug, biotech, and medical device firms.

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.

Science Jobs – Green Jobs – GreenJobs lets you find Environmental Jobs and Renewable Energy Jobs from top employers and recruitment agencies.

SIRE -SIRE Life Sciences provides a 'Complete-Life-Science-Cycle-Search-Solution’ to both Life Sciences Professionals and Life Sciences Employers.

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.

Targetjobs.co.uk/science-and-research – Search for graduate and placement schemes and jobs in science and research

Targetjob Science – Graduate jobs, work experience and internships.

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.

Your World Health Care – A specialist healthcare recruitment agency that prides themselves on finding students some of their first roles in healthcare.

Science Recruitment Agencies

Approach 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.

CK Group – Specialists recruitment service for the science-based industries.

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

Kelly Services Scientific – Search for a recruitment office throughout the UK

Kent University Careers Service Science Links – Science Recruitment Agencies and Science Job Websites

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

Matchtech – Recruitment agency specialising in Science, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing and IT.

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.

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

SCI Recruitment for Scientists or www.sci-search.com – Specialises in finding Science jobs for graduates. Permanent, temporary or fixed-term contract jobs in Chemical and Biological Sciences.

SRG Labstaff – Large recruitment agencies offering short and long term posts.

Pharmaceutical 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 http://jobs.rsc.org/landingpage/134/placements/

www.cogent-ssc.com – 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

Indeed.co.uk – Search for placements by subject area.

pharmiweb.com & pharmafield.co.uk – 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

Ratemyplacement.co.uk 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

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

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

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

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

Biotec – Pharmaceutical services company based in Bridgend

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

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

MediWales – The life science network for Wales. Search MediWales Members for a list of Life Science companies in Wales

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

Lion Laboratories– Welsh based company specialising in breathalyser equipment.

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

PCI Pharma ServicesPCI Pharma Services is a pharmaceutical company based in Gwent providing integrated drug development, clinical trial supply and manufacturing services to the international healthcare industry.

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

Walesworldwide.org – Biotech-pharmaceuticals – Find out about the Biotech & Pharmaceutical Sector in Wales

Employer Directories

pharmiweb.com – A list of UK based companies

pharmafield.co.uk – A database of pharmaceutical companies, recruitment and associated service organisations

PMLiVE A-Z of companies – An A-Z of Recruiters currently posting jobs on PMLiVE

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.

Related Media & Docs

Next Steps – Options after a BioScience Degree -PDF – An excellent resource on job seeking, making applications and interviews

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 newscientistjobs.com/graduate

Guardian Careers – Healthcare Scientist article