Medical researchers devise and conduct experiments in order to increase the body of scientific knowledge on topics related to medicine. They also develop new, or improve existing, drugs, treatments or other medically related products.
Roles and responsibilities
What does a Medical Researcher do?
Medical Researchers may perform the following tasks:
- planning and conducting experiments and analysing or interpreting the results
- keeping accurate records of work undertaken
- using specialist computer software to analyse data and to produce diagrammatic representation of results
- teaching and supervising students (in higher education)
- writing and submitting applications and progress reports to funding bodies that support medical research (outside industry)
- discussing research progress with other departments, e.g. production and marketing (in industry)
- constantly considering the profit/loss potential of research products (in industry)
- collaborating with industry, research institutes, hospitals and academia.
What personal requirements will you need?
- technical, scientific and numerical skills
- good written and oral communication skills
- genuine enjoyment of the research subject
- a methodical approach to work
- tenacity and patience
- ability to work well in teams and to network and forge links with collaborators
- problem-solving skills and analytical thinking
- attention to detail.
Postgraduate Courses To Become
Coursework courses to pursue this career
The University of Western Australia