Careers in Biology

Edinburgh science festivalYet another event coming up next week that may be of interest to those of you doing life science PhDs.  It’s not aimed specifically at PhD students (although 2 of the speakers do have a PhD) but if you are looking for some inspiration and information on different careers in biology then it’s probably worth going along.  Biology graduates share their personal career profiles in a range of occupations from research to biotechnology, science policy to medical writing.

Six invited speakers give short presentations about their current role, what they do on a day-to-day basis, how they got there, the good/bad/ugly about their job and a few words of advice on how to get into their area of work. The event will end with a Q&A session in the Swann Foyer.

When: Tuesday 18th February, 2 – 4.30pm

Where: Main Lecture Theatre, Michael Swann Building, King’s Buildings

You can sign up via eventbrite:

Confirmed Speakers:

1) Chris Harris, Director, Argentix –   Biology/Geography Joint Honours 1987, Masters in Urban and Regional Planning 1989.  Chris’ current business is trying to achieve ‘firsts’ for clients and they were the first to help the NHS access EU funds for commercialisation. Chris has mentored on the BBSRC YES biotech business plan competition for 17 years and advised Midlothian Council on helping young people gain employment in the life sciences.

2) Ali Floyd, Science Events Developer, Edinburgh International Science Festival – BSc (Hons) in Microbiology 2004.  As a science communicator, Ali previously worked for Glasgow Science Centre and now as a science events developer for Edinburgh International Science Festival where projects have included planning and running a tour of music festivals, health education outreach, and programming shows and workshops.

3)  Lindsay Murray, Health & Safety Manager,  College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh – BSc in Applied Biology with Honours in Applied Microbiology plus post-graduate qualifications. Lindsay has been employed in medical then veterinary microbiology and immunology, radiation protection and contingency planning, research and operations management in a medical imaging department, and is now in health and safety management.

4)  Dr Katie Brooks, Medical Writer, PPD – BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences, specialising in Immunology and Genetic Pathology 1998, PhD 2004.  Katie completed a Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh. For the next 4 years Katie worked as an editor in the reference book department of a publishing company, before moving into regulatory medical writing.

5) Dr Janet Paterson, Deputy Director at the Scottish Initiative for Biotechnology Education (SIBE), and Public Engagement Officer in the School of Biological Sciences – BSc (Hons) in 1996, MSc in Agricultural Botany in1997, PhD in 2001.  As a student and research scientist, Janet took part in many voluntary public engagement projects with science activities and this led her to work full-time in public outreach.

6) Matthew Wood, Manager, Project Services, Quintiles – BSc (Hons) Zoology Matt worked as a Project Leader for a larger Pre-Clinical Contract Research Organisation for three years before moving to Quintiles in 2010, first as a Project Manager, and more recently as a Manager in the Central Laboratories department.

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