Toxicology jobs involve researching across a wide range of scientific and medical disciplines. Here we look at the lecturing roles available in this fast-moving area of the health and medical sector, the qualifications and experience you need and opportunities for career progression.
Toxicology lecturers teach undergraduate and postgraduate students following pharmacology, medical, biosciences and biomedicine degree programmes. They also play an active role in ongoing research projects.
- Planning, delivery and teaching of toxicology modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- Supervising and mentoring doctoral students in toxicology
- Carrying out toxicology and bioscience research and publishing outcomes.
What qualifications and experience do you need for toxicology jobs?
As there are very few undergraduate degree programmes in toxicology in the UK, you would probably have a first degree in a related biosciences or pharmacology subject and a PhD in toxicology.
You would also need to have considerable experience as a registered toxicologist or in toxicology research, with a track record of published research outcomes.
What’s the pay?
Salaries for lecturers in toxicology start in the range of £34,304 to £50,296, depending on qualifications and experience.
What can it lead to?
On gaining significant teaching experience, the next academic level would be senior lecturer or associate professor in toxicology or related field. Alternatively, you may wish to apply for research-only roles, as a senior research associate or fellow.
- Lecturer in Forensic Toxicology/Science
- Lecturer in Pharmacology/Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Lecturer in Molecular Toxicology
Where can I find toxicology jobs?
Toxicology is often integrated within pharmacology degree programmes, therefore availability of lecturing roles for toxicology as a standalone subject is relatively low. However, it’s worth looking at lecturing posts for pharmacology, a broader field which incorporates expertise and research in toxicology.