YOUR CAREER AS A
BIOMATERIALS SCIENTIST/CHEMIST

Biomaterials research and development have been stimulated by advances in cell and molecular biology, chemistry, materials science, and engineering. Research into biomaterials involves the precise engineering of novel materials including molecularly engineered biomaterials, nano-particles, and exudates.

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

Science degree plus specialised postgrad

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Physically Demanding

Lab-based

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Absence from home

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Generally biomaterials scientists will have a degree in chemistry or physics, or chemical engineering, and a postgraduate degree specialisation in one of the many applications.

Skills required include:

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CAREER PROGRESSION

Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.