Immunoassay Jobs

Immunoassay is a biochemical assessment that measures the concentration or presence of a macromolecule in a solution through the use of an antibody or antigen. If and when detected, the molecule is referred to as an 'analyte' and can be a range of different molecules, all of different forms and sizes, as long as the sufficient properties for the assay are created. Analytes in biological liquids such as urine are regularly measured using immunoassays for medical and research purposes.

Immunoassays come in a variety of different formats. Some assays are known as multi-step assays and are deployed - just as their name suggests - in multiple steps, with reagents being added and washed away or separated at various times. These are also commonly referred to as heterogeneous immunoassays or separation immunoassays.

Another type of immunoassay is known as a homogeneous or non-separation immunoassay. Here, the immunoassay is performed by simply mixing the reagents and sample, creating a physical measurement.

Calibrators are often used during immunoassays. These are solutions that are known to contain the analyte being tested, with the concentration of that analyte generally known. Being able to compare an assay's response to a real sample against the assay's response as a result of a calibrator enables researchers to interpret the signal strength in terms of the concentration or presence of an analyte in the sample.


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Immunoassays play a vital role in various bioanalytical settings such as food testing, security, clinical diagnostics and environmental monitoring. Therefore, talented individuals are required to fill important roles within various scientific establishments in order to continue the development of IAs. Immunoassays have come a long way over the last few decades, with technologies and increased understanding drastically shortening the IA procedure. With continued support, IA can progress even further.

We work with a number of the very best scientific organisations in the country, who are constantly looking to recruit the best talent available. With our help, we are able to pair these employers with gifted individuals who are ready to take the next big step in their career.

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Edinburgh Science Festival

Founded in 1989, Edinburgh Science is an educational charity that strives to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to take an interest in science and discover the world around them. The one thing that Edinburgh Science is best known for is organising the Edinburgh Science Festival, the world's first public celebration of science and technology, which occurs on an annual basis and is currently running until Sunday 21st April.

The two-week festival offers attendees all sorts of incredible experiences via a diverse programme of innovative events all centred around a specific theme. This year, the theme of the festival is Frontiers, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings as well as the spirit of adventure and enquiry that continues to push science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

There will be a focus on several specific areas over the course of the festival, including:

  • Healthcare Frontiers
  • Engineering Frontiers
  • Planetary Frontiers
  • Digital Frontiers
  • Environmental Frontiers

These focus areas provide a platform for the brightest minds in science, engineering and technology to share new and exciting ideas based on cutting-edge research.

A number of new venues and partners have been included in this year's edition of the science festival, with the aim of exploring the forefront of science and celebrating the inspiring people who are dedicated to furthering the frontiers of the world's collective knowledge!

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Honesty

We're all taught that honesty is the best policy - but is this the case in a job interview?

When you're being interviewed, your primary concern is presenting yourself as the best candidate for the job, and it's perfectly normal to talk up your best traits while downplaying your weaknesses. But overstating your qualities and skills can have disastrous repercussions if you're successful! So where does one draw the line?


When talking about your personal skills and experience, it's always safer to be honest!

Before your interview starts, the interviewers will spend some time reviewing your CV to determine what kind of questions they should ask you. If you have been honest on your CV, the interview stage should be relatively easy!

The reason why it's so important to be honest about your skills and experience (both on your CV and in an interview situation) is that you may well be expected to apply those skills if you get the job.

FOR EXAMPLE: If you are applying for a scientific job that requires extensive knowledge and experience of working with a certain type of equipment, you might be asked to complete tasks using that equipment at a later date. If you lie to the interviewers and tell them that you're an expert in using that equipment (when really you aren't), you might end up causing a serious accident or injury.

The same theory applies to lots of other skills, like speaking a different language, being able to use a certain piece of software, and even managing teams of people. When it comes to talking about the skills and experience you have, it's definitely better to tell the truth.

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Can I bend the truth when answering other questions?

While it's definitely in your best interest to be upfront and honest about your skills and experience, you may not want to disclose too much information when asked questions like:

  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

For example, you might have left your last job because they simply weren't paying you enough, but mentioning this in your interview might make the interviewer think you're only concerned with money.

Don't just make up a lie, though - try to frame the truth in a positive way, like this:

  • NOT IDEAL: I left my last job because they weren't paying me enough.

  • BETTER: I left my last job because I'd reached a dead end - I wanted to move on to something more rewarding, with more opportunities to advance my career.

Remember, there are some questions you don't have to answer.

It's actually illegal for employers to ask potential employees about certain 'protected characteristics', such as:

  • Sexuality
  • Gender identity
  • Family and marital status
  • Age
  • Disabilities
  • Nationality, race and ethnicity
  • Religious beliefs

So if you're in a job interview and the interviewer asks 'Are you planning to have children?' or 'What country are you from originally?', they are actually breaking the law. (The only exception is if the question is part of a positive action to help people from a particular group - e.g. an initiative to hire more openly LGBT+ individuals. Even in these cases, you are not required to give an answer if you would prefer not to.)

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Research and development

Would you like to know what a typical science research and development job looks like? Perhaps you've studied a core science like biology or physics, and now you're not quite sure what career to pursue. Research and development (R&D) is an important part of almost every scientific industry, so you can be confident that there are lots of R&D jobs on offer at any given time.

Within the science industry, research and development jobs look like this:

  • Research involves exploring different materials, processes and phenomena. Someone who works in scientific research designs and conducts experiments, observes and analyses results, and draws conclusions from their findings.

  • Development uses the knowledge gained from the research to implement new products, procedures and services.


R&D Job Description

For most scientific research and development jobs, you will need to have a good degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject and some good experience working in a laboratory. Alternatively, you might be able to begin your career in R&D as a technician, but it can be tricky to progress without a degree. 

If you're currently working towards a scientific degree, you might be wondering how you can gain relevant laboratory experience in the meantime. Here are a few different ways you can gain lab experience:

  • Do a placement in a laboratory in a foreign country. There are often placements in laboratories abroad, and being open to travelling broadens your options!

  • Pursue a year in industry. Many universities offer this, and even if it isn't a typical part of your course, it's always worth asking. Most universities will try to accommodate you.

  • Try to pick a final-year project which allows you to work in the laboratory. Being able to demonstrate a good understanding and interest in scientific research and development looks great to employers.

If you have completed your degree and you're ready to start pursuing an R&D job, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions can offer you helpful career and interview advice. We also have a range of current job vacancies in research and development roles that you can browse and apply for!

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According to the British Toxicology Society, the primary purpose of any toxicologist's job is “to help us avoid chemical injury or manage accidental exposure of humans or the environment”.

Essentially, toxicologists observe the impact of chemicals, medicines and toxic materials on living organisms, focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating adverse effects of toxicants.

With substantial implications for human health, wildlife and the environment, jobs in toxicology are extremely important and require highly skilled and qualified practitioners.

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Types of Toxicology Jobs

When diving into the world of professional toxicology, it’s important to note that not all toxicology jobs are the same. There are a number of sub-groups that toxicologist jobs fall into, broadly categorised under three primary labels:

- Medical toxicology

A sub-division of medicine, medical toxicology is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of adverse effects relating to medications, toxicants and biological agents. Medical toxicology jobs typically require physician status.

- Clinical toxicology

Closely related to medical toxicology, clinical toxicology also covers the diagnosis and treatment of patients who have been exposed to toxic substances. Not requiring physician status, this field is accessible to other appropriately-qualified health professionals, including nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

- Computational toxicology

As the name suggests, computational toxicology primarily focuses on the development and implementation of computer-based models to better understand and predict the adverse effects of chemicals, including pharmaceuticals and environmental pollutants.


Toxicology Job Requirements

A typical toxicologist job description will include a laundry list of duties and responsibilities; however, before anything else can be considered, these vacancies will also come with a number of essential criteria attached.

These typically include:

Relevant qualifications

Like any scientific profession, toxicology requires you to be appropriately qualified. This will usually mean holding a relevant degree in a life sciences discipline (e.g. toxicology, biomedicine, pharmacology, etc).

Industry knowledge / experience

Most toxicology job vacancies will also require a certain amount of job experience and/or training. This often includes experience of product-related risk assessments and knowledge of effective testing protocols to identify potential health hazards.

Appropriate certification

Some toxicology jobs also require applicants to be verified by a trusted health science or professional medical authority as proof that they are accredited to carry out certain tasks. This may include registration with the Health & Care Professions Council or certification as a European Registered Toxicologist.


Duties and Responsibilities of Toxicology Jobs

Toxicologists are tasked with creating and developing efficient ways to identify potential hazards relating to chemicals and physical agents. This also extends to assessing the relative dosage of these substances, monitoring the amount that will cause these harmful effects, and identifying how substances can be used safely.

Knowledge of diseases caused by exposure to chemicals or physical substances is essential, as is the continued research of the associated basic molecular, biochemical and cellular processes. Through controlled studies, you will be required to help establish and update industry rules and regulations, with the primary focus being on protecting and preserving human health and the environment.

Toxicology is classified as an “integrative science”, which means that most toxicologists will work with fellow scientists specialising in other areas as part of a collaborative team. As such, a co-operative, synergistic approach to work is also essential.

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