Faculty of Health

Medical Research

Medical Research

Careers

This demanding, exciting and important field of medical work requires its practitioners to have a strong aptitude for science, the ability to make clear and precise observations, be able to work accurately under pressure, and be able to identify and analyse problems and develop practical solutions. So, if you've got a passion for saving lives, helping people and conducting scientific experiments, then this could be just the career for you!

What do medical researchers do?

Medical research is a broad term that incorporates the work of biomedical scientists, clinical research scientists, geneticists, clinical engineers, pharmacologists and many other medical science professionals. Medical researchers work alongside other scientists, conducting tests and experiments and carrying out research projects.

Where do medical researchers work?

Medical Researchers use their skills in a range of careers in research institutes, university departments, hospitals, pathology laboratories, pharmaceutical and biomedical companies and government departments.

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Careers in medical research

Medical scientists conduct lab tests to help diagnose, treat and prevent disease, and they do this via their specialisation – in haematology, immunology, transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, microbiology, histopathology, cytology or virology. The work includes such things as studying blood diseases, checking organs for transplantation, growing disease-causing organisms from specimens, and examining DNA.

Medical laboratory technicians work as part of a team with doctors, scientists and lab assistants to carry out routine lab tests and other procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. These technicians do things such as setting up and maintaining lab equipment, preparing slides for microscopic examination, collecting samples and carrying out tests, and communicating test results to the medical officers who have requested them.

Medical researchers apply their expert scientific skills and research findings to develop a better understanding of illnesses and other medical problems. They work towards practical solutions, developing new medicines, finessing existing drugs, testing new products and figuring out measures to prevent and combat diseases.

"Practicing and promoting health research in Fiji where the concept of laboratory-based medical research is at its infancy makes my job challenging, however my time at the University of Tasmania has given me the skills to pursue my research goals."

Morgan Downes, Alumni, Bachelor of Medical Research

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