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Research and Development

Summary

Research and development employees are involved in the design and development of technological or scientific projects, and they do so with their working knowledge of relevant science. They are also responsible for coordinating interdepartmental activities and research efforts, but they typically will not oversee the entire product development function of the business.

Typical activities

  • Initiate design and development of technology research projects.
  • Oversee all research in a sub part of the organisation.
  • May participate in development of patent applications.
  • Maintain knowledge of state-of-the-art principles.

Synonyms or related job titles

R&D, Scientist

Summary

Research and Laboratory Technicians play an important role in advancement of medicine and science, centring on scientific investigation and analysis. They perform diagnostic testing in medical or scientific laboratories, with their focus split between clinical and research and development. Readings and observations play an important role in diagnosis, analysis, and examination of subject matter and work often involves independent analysis although supervision may be direct. Accuracy is essential and their work varies considerably depending on client, employer, and project. The job holder may interact directly with patients depending on lab focus.

Typical Activities

  • Maintain laboratory equipment and make sure lab supplies are available
  • Perform calculations and advanced analysis on lab observations
  • Follow strict safety rules and procedures to eliminate contamination of specimens

Summary

Life science research and development staff are involved in developing new ideas that will aid in the life science space. This involves using lots of data and various research techniques to work as part of a large team in order to come up with new ideas that will help to shape the approaches of the future.

Typical activities

  • Work as part of a large team to develop new ideas.
  • Use various research methods to formulate these new ideas.
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of the practises of the life sciences.

Synonyms or related job titles

Animal Behaviourist, Bacteriologist, Biochemist, Biologist, Biotechnologist, Botanist, Cell Geneticist, Marine Biologist, Microbiologist, Molecular Biologist, Molecular Geneticist, Pharmacologist, Zoologist, Animal Pathologist

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Summary

Physical science research and development roles involve undertaking group and individual research activities using a variety of research methods. The physical science research and development roles will involve finding out information about cutting edge practices and finding ways to implementing these practises within the business to enhance its growth.

Typical activities

  • Work as part of a large research team to locate areas of scientific interest.
  • Formulate research into readable theses that can be understood by others.
  • Use various software and computer modelling packages to test ideas and develop them further.
  • Regularly meet other members of the organisation to ensure research is being carried out effectively.

Synonyms or related job titles

Physicist, Physics, Astronomer, Astronomy, Chemist, Chemistry, Earth Scientist, Earth Science

Summary

Regulatory Affairs research and development employees will work with lots of data concerning the use of products in various industries, in order to come up with new technologies and techniques to make these industries safer for the industries themselves and consumers. They will work with other departments using various research techniques.

Typical activities

  • Maintain working knowledge of the laws and regulations of various industries.
  • Report back to the relevant bodies on a regular basis regarding research and development.
  • Collate findings and discuss with team members to find the best approach.
  • Monitor existing products and evaluate their efficacy.

Synonyms or related job titles

Regulatory Compliance

Summary

Safety and compliance research and development workers will take part in regular meetings and discussions to find new ways to better use the resources of the business in a research and development environment. Working with various research and reporting methods, employees will seek to improve the safety and compliance of the industry.

Typical activities

  • Use computer modelling software to test new ideas.
  • Find ways to improve upon old techniques.
  • Consult with other members of the team and report back to the relevant bodies on a regular basis.
  • Remain up to date with the relevant laws and regulations.

Synonyms or related job titles

Compliance, Risk and Safety