Toxicology Research jobs involve studying the harmful effects that new medicines, chemicals and products can potentially have on human health.
If your PhD in toxicology is your first step into an academic research career, there is a wide range of opportunities available.
Toxicologists study the harmful effects that new medicines, chemicals and products can potentially have on human health.
They work in higher education, industry, clinical environments and government bodies. Toxicology is an integrative science and academic toxicologists carry out research within multi-disciplinary teams. Some toxicology researchers also teach undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- Working within academic teams to test the adverse reactions of new drugs
- Carrying out controlled studies in a laboratory environment
- Establishing regulation frameworks for toxic substances
- Publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals and papers
- Giving presentations to fellow scientists
- Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students of pharmacology
To work in toxicology research in higher education you would need to have a PhD in toxicology or related subject, such as molecular biology. Your next step would be to carry out postdoctoral research in your field of expertise in a university laboratory.
On gaining experience, you could secure further roles as a research fellow/associate or combine your research with teaching as a lecturer.
Toxicology Research Jobs
- Research assistant
- Postdoctoral researcher
- Research fellow/associate
- Lecturer/senior lecturer
Qualifications and Experience
A PhD (or soon-to-be awarded) in a suitable toxicological, chemical, biochemical or pharmacological field would be essential for academic research jobs in toxicology. Most toxicology researchers have a first degree in pharmacology or related subject.
You may also have been working as a qualified toxicologist or forensic toxicologist and are now looking towards an academic research career.
Experience in toxicology research and methods and published outcomes would be essential for research fellowship and lecturing roles.
Research posts in toxicology are generally fixed term for the duration of a project.
Salaries range from £34,304 to £50,296 for research fellows, senior research fellows and lectureships in toxicology, depending on the nature of the research and your qualifications and experience.