Molecular Biology jobs attract students looking towards research and development careers either in academia or the private sector.
This post looks at what it’s like to work as a molecular biologist in academia, the job market for teaching and research posts and where to find the right job for your skills.
What is Molecular Biology?
Molecular biology focuses on the structure and interaction of the molecules that govern cell function. Advances in molecular biology, such as the discovery of DNA structure and human genome mapping, have revolutionised modern biological and medical science.
Molecular biologists conduct research and development in a wide range of sectors including medicine, biotechnology, environmental science and agriculture. They work in higher education, the healthcare sector, dedicated research institutes and the private sector (pharmaceuticals, bioengineering and biotechnology).
Molecular Biology Lecturer Jobs
Molecular biology is taught as a standalone programme or as a component of the majority of biosciences degrees. Lecturers in this field teach courses and modules while also focusing on specialist research.
- Delivery of lectures, tutorials and lab skills classes to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- Curriculum and module design and development.
- Conducting individual and collaborative research in an area that aligns with the institution’s research priorities.
- Engaging in networking activities with the biosciences community and external stakeholders.
- Preparing research publications and funding proposals.
- Supervising student laboratory projects and research.
How to Become a Molecular Biology Lecturer
Most higher education employers require lecturers to have the following qualifications, experience and knowledge:
- A BSc in biological sciences.
- A PhD in molecular biology or related subject.
- A higher education teaching qualification (or willingness to gain).
Experience and knowledge
Along with an in-depth understanding of molecular biology, you should have an established research profile gained through postdoctoral experience. Expertise in bioinformatics and advanced bioscience technologies would also be essential.
Previous experience of teaching in higher education and an ability to deliver a research-led, innovative learning environment would be highly desirable. Some institutions may be willing to overlook a lack of teaching expertise and will offer training and qualifications to the right candidate.
What’s the pay?
Lecturer salaries in biological sciences range from around £38,500 to £42,380, depending on research and teaching experience.
What can it lead to?
Having several years of teaching and research experience in molecular biology can open doors to senior lecturing roles and beyond. Alternatively, you may decide to move into a research-only fellowship job. Promotion to senior-level academic jobs depends on research success and the ability to deliver inspiring teaching and learning.
Where can I find jobs?
Molecular Biologists are always in demand in multiple sectors. However, you will find that there are fewer lecturing and teaching roles available compared with postdoctoral research jobs in academia.
The best place to start your search for new roles is here at jobs.ac.uk. We advertise a wide range of molecular biology jobs and keep you updated on the latest developments in your field. Take a look at our current jobs and be first in line for new roles by signing up for job alerts.
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