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How Much Does a Senior Scientist Make?

Senior scientist

Senior scientist is an important role that exists within most life science companies. It's typically a leadership role that can involve managing a team of scientists and/or liaising with various other departments within the business (such as engineering, quality management and sales).

A senior scientist is usually an expert in their field with years of relevant work experience.

Are you an experienced scientist looking for a new challenge? In this job profile, we'll outline the responsibilities and rewards that come with being a senior scientist in the life sciences sector.

Senior scientist salary

On average, senior scientists in the UK earn up to £50,000 per year depending on the company and their own experience.


What does a senior scientist do?

Your duties as a senior scientist will depend quite heavily on the type of company that employs you. On an average working day, you might...

  • Lead the planning and implementation of experimental work
  • Assign projects to your team members
  • Assess the strengths and development needs of your team
  • Analyse data to make detailed observations and interpretations
  • Present findings to various stakeholders
  • Provide scientific strategies to drive results


Senior scientist skills and qualifications

When recruiting a senior scientist, hiring managers will be looking for a candidate who fits the following profile:

  • Proactive approach
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional environment
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple interrelated projects
  • Several years of experience in the relevant discipline

Most senior scientist roles will also require you to be degree-qualified in a related field. In some cases, a PhD is also desirable.

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we regularly recruit for leadership roles within the life sciences industry, including senior scientist. Find your next role at the link below.

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