HRS Founder Ricky Martin

On the 11th October 2018, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions held our annual networking event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. We brought together 120 of our associates from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors to discuss the changes we can expect to see in quality and regulatory systems following Brexit.

On arrival, guests were given the chance to network and get to know each other. HRS founder Ricky Martin then addressed the room, welcoming the guests and outlining the purpose of the event: to acknowledge, predict and discuss changes that professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries can expect before and after the UK's exit from the European Union next year.

Our host for the evening was media entrepreneur Mike Soutar, who interviewed Ricky when he was a contestant on The Apprentice - Mike did a great job of warming up the crowd with his recollections of this experience!

Our other speakers on the night were:

  • Toby Underwood (RSC Accreditation and Careers Manager)
  • John Johnson (VP of NSF Health Sciences)
  • Bob Clay (2017 TOPRA President & Managing Director of Highbury Regulatory Science)

The keynote speeches from John Johnston and Bob Clay were followed by a Q&A, during which John, Bob and Ricky took questions from attendees.

HRS Networking Event

Key Takeaways from the Event

  • After initial discussion about the uncertainty that Brexit has brought to the sector, the room agreed that the pharma / biotech industries make life-saving medicines, and that this must and will continue. Ensuring this will require agility in our processes and positivity in our mindset.

  • Despite changes in the EMA, the UK will remain a hub for pharma / biotech talent and this should be celebrated. We cannot be so negative as to put people off the sector.

  • To support the future of the sector, we will all need to do more within our own 'outreach' programmes to inspire the next wave of STEM talent to join the sector (via schools, colleges, universities, etc).

  • Companies that are being more proactive and open to change from a quality / regulatory perspective will be in a better position post-March 2019.

As you'd expect from such an illustrious industry event, attendees had plenty of time to network at the beginning and end of the evening, and when we took a survey of those who were there, the responses were very positive indeed:

  • 97% of attendees rated the event as either 'excellent' or 'very good' overall

  • 90% of attendees rated the speakers as either 'excellent' or 'very good'

  • 90% of attendees said they would be 'extremely likely' to attend a similar HRS networking event in the future

Ricky ended the event with a positive message about everybody taking responsibility for acting as brand ambassadors for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We must ensure that we continue to seek opportunities off the back of Brexit (as opposed to being consumed by the negatives), and remember that the sector saves lives and will continue to do so.

HRS will be running more science events in the near future to help improve knowledge and stimulate debate in areas of real interest. If you would like to be considered to speak at such an event, or if you would like to suggest a topic of interest, please contact events@hyperec.com so that we can continue to deliver relevant, useful support in a sales-free environment.

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Biostatistician

Biostatistics is the application of mathematics and statistics to biology and related fields. Biostatisticians are responsible for designing biological experiments in the medical and agricultural industries; they collect, analyse and translate raw data into relevant information that can be used for research purposes.

Biostatisticians are an essential part of any research team, and are frequently involved in all sorts of pioneering research. Their work uses theoretical and applied statistics in order to develop the science of data analysis past current levels.

Where do biostatisticians work?

Biostatisticians spend the majority of their time working at computers in an office setting. Here, they become familiar with the specialised software and programmes used to dissect data and findings that will be of use within their field. Often, they will collaborate with teams of researchers and scientists, and so a lot of time is spent interacting with other professionals to come to groundbreaking conclusions.

Some biostatisticians may be employed by academic institutions, such as universities, in which case they will spend some of their time in labs and classrooms.

A biostatistician will mostly work full-time on a normal daytime rota; however, extended hours may be required if a particular deadline is approaching.

What do biostatisticians get paid?

The average salary for a biostatistician is approximately £58,200 per year, although some make as much as £94,000 per year. The majority of biostatisticians work within a government setting or other special departments, while others work within educational and private finance companies.

What skills do biostatisticians need?

Although a biostatistician's specific responsibilities tend to depend on what industry they work in, the skills required are similar across the board. If hired as a biostatistician, you will likely be expected to:

  • Participate in the planning, collection, interpretation, and implementation of research

  • Participate in the extraction, storage, analysis and delivery of data to end users

  • Construct analysis methodologies and perform data analysis of data sets

  • Deliver statistical expertise and knowledge to internal and external stakeholders

  • Possess professional knowledge of mathematics, statistics and computer science

Senior biostatisticians may also be required to assist in the management of a department’s partnerships and budgets.

What qualifications do biostatisticians need?

In order to become a biostatistician, you will generally need a bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics or biostatistics. Experience in other subjects related to medicine and/or biology will also be of great benefit.

While many entry-level positions do exist for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree, most biostatisticians also possess a master’s degree or doctorate. These degrees help students to become more specialised and gain a greater experience in conducting research and presenting their findings.

Demand for skilled and talented individuals within the biostatistical industry is growing greater and greater as time goes on. Use the link below to browse the latest vacancies from Hyper Recruitment Solutions.

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Lab Technician

When you hear the phrase 'lab technician', you probably picture the medical laboratory technicians you've seen gazing into microscopes and exchanging quips with the doctors on TV shows like House, Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy.

But lab technicians aren't exclusively found in hospitals - they work in all sorts of different industries, from energy to manufacturing. Indeed, 'laboratory technician' is a fairly broad term that can apply to just about anyone who works with scientific equipment in a lab environment.

Lab Technician Job Description

As you'd expect, lab technicians work almost entirely within laboratories, where they carry out a range of tasks, tests and experiments. This could mean:

  • Analysing DNA samples for the police
  • Diagnosing diseases in a hospital
  • Testing foodstuffs to make sure they're safe for consumption
  • Developing new technologies and solutions
In addition to performing tests/experiments and recording the results, laboratory technicians are often responsible for the running and maintenance of the lab itself, too. A lab technician's more humdrum tasks might include cleaning test tubes, taking inventory, and labelling key items for ease of identification.

Job Requirements

In order to land yourself a lab technician job, you will generally need a degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Molecular Biology if you will be working with DNA samples).

As ever, relevant experience will make you more attractive to potential employers, but you will also need to prove that you possess the skills/knowledge necessary to carry out the tasks that will be assigned to you.

Salary

The average lab technician in the UK makes around £21,000 per year, but as with most roles, salaries vary depending on experience and line of work. Some laboratory technicians make upwards of £30,000 per year.

If you'd like to see some more specific lab technician job descriptions, please use the link below to browse the latest lab tech vacancies from Hyper Recruitment Solutions.

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Finding a Job Overseas

Are you thinking about working abroad? There are lots of reasons to move to another country, but regardless of why you're relocating, you'll probably need to find a job when you get there.

Here are some important things to consider when you're trying to find a job overseas:

Where do you want to go?

If you know which country you'd like to work in, you should begin your job hunt by gauging what sort of jobs are available in that territory. Lots of recruitment agencies (including Hyper Recruitment Solutions) feature both local and international job listings, so these companies' websites can be a good place to start.

Do you need a visa?

It's important to know whether you are eligible to work in your chosen country. Generally speaking, UK citizens will need a visa to work in non-EU countries, but you shouldn't need one to work within other EU member states (note that this may change depending on how Brexit negotiations progress).

You will need to have a rough idea of how long you intend to stay in your chosen country, as this may affect the type and volume of paperwork you have to complete.

Localise your CV

Once you've got an idea of the work that's available and the documentation you'll need to work in your chosen country, you can begin to investigate the local employment protocol. This might require you to adjust your CV - in some places you will be expected to include a picture, while others may require you to disclose your age, etc.

Other challenges you might face:

  • Language Barrier - Be prepared to stumble through some awkward conversations if you're not fluent in your new home's primary language.

  • Homesickness - It's normal to miss home after relocating, but don't worry. You'll meet lots of new and interesting friends before you know it!

Working abroad can be an invaluable asset to your career - it builds confidence, and you'll experience things that you never would have encountered at home. Browse HRS job listings and apply online >

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Data Science

Over the years, the Data Science industry has grown exponentially in both size and importance. Organisations collect a huge amount of data nowadays, and so data science is a more necessary field than ever, with data scientists the world over working hard to turn raw data into relevant and actionable information that companies can really use.

There's a high demand for talented, insightful data scientists across a varied (and ever-growing) number of industries. And that's where we come in - here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we provide specialist recruitment services for a plethora of scientific sectors, including the data science industry, so we know exactly what it takes to succeed within this field.

With a first-class record in recruitment, we pair high-qualified candidates with some of the biggest and most influential employers in the UK and beyond.

What sectors employ data scientists?

Here are just some of the industries whom we have helped to recruit data scientists:

  • Finance
  • Research
  • Business
  • IT
  • Healthcare

If your company is looking to hire an experienced data scientist, Hyper Recruitment Solutions can help. Click the link below to learn about the recruitment solutions we can provide, or get in touch to speak with a member of our team.

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