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Scientific research, analysis and support

If you want to make use of your science degree in a laboratory-type environment, the information in this section offers guidance in how to do that.

Some of the jobs covered here will also be open to mathematicians.

See the page on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries for background information on these important sectors and use this in conjunction with the job profiles on the other pages.

Reference books and journals

Our information centres are stocked with a wide variety of reference books and journals, including the following titles on scientific research, analysis and support:

Sector overview

Useful links

Twitter List: Science - Are you on Twitter? Look at our Twitter List for Science to receive updates on news, vacancies and advice from relevant professional bodies, employers and useful organisations. Please note the Careers Service cannot accept responsibility for the content of external sites.

Twitter @uofedcareers/Science

The Science Council - a membership organisation for professional bodies and learned societies across the disciplines of science.

The Science Council

Science Careers - information tailored to different career stages e.g. undergraduate, postdoc. Has an American slant but some information for Europe and the UK.

Science Careers

New Scientist - the careers section of this popular general science journal.

New Scientist


Professional bodies

Society of Biology has some really helpful advice on information relating to careers in biosciences. You can find ideas of what you can do with your degree, information about relevant internships and listings of studentships.

Society of Biology

Institute of Physics - useful careers page.

Institute of Physics

The Royal Society of Chemistry - includes information for students on career guidance, support and advice forums and educational resources.

The Royal Society of Chemistry

Vacancy sources

MyCareerHub - jobs portal operated by the Careers Service for current students and recent graduates.


EuroScienceJobs - recruitment website aimed at science graduates giving access to a wide range of science jobs throughout Europe.

EuroScience Jobs

Naturejobs - advertises jobs and academic opportunities as well as having useful careers articles.


New Scientist Jobs - the job section of the New Scientist magazine.

New Scientist Jobs - advertises a range of jobs within the field of scientific research, including jobs with the UK's Research Councils.

STEM Graduates - act as a specialist jobs board and recruitment agency for graduates with STEM subject degrees. The website also has a section providing video careers advice for the STEM sector.

STEM Graduates

ScotGrad - provide student and graduate placements, all year round, in dynamic organisations across Scotland.


TalentScotland - advertises jobs in areas where there are a shortage of skills in Scotland, such as science and technology.


Science parks

Investigating companies and organisations located in local science parks is a great way to identify potential employers and companies who may be able to provide work experience opportunities.

Midlothian Science Zone - situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is a One Health location and a world-leading centre of research excellence in animal health and life sciences.

Midlothian Science Zone

UKSPA - lists science parks in the UK, by region. Useful for identifying companies and research organisations.