A research scientist identifies potential research opportunities, plans and conducts experiments to increase the body of scientific knowledge and/or develops new, or improves existing, drugs, treatments or other science or medically related products. Research may be basic, such as investigating the underlying basis of health and disease, or it may be more applied such as medical devices, genetic research, conducting clinical research in support of clinical trials, investigating methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disorders.
Research scientists also need to stay current with other research being carried out in, or related to, their field of study. This involves carrying out searches for information using the Internet and information databases, reading relevant scientific literature and journals and attending scientific meetings and conferences. Research Scientists work for Canadian biotechnology companies of different sizes (i.e., small, medium, large) and in various biotechnology areas.