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Science & Technology
Working in Science you're likely to be employed in one of 4 broad groups:
- Government Laboratories
You'll find that all these sectors are well represented in Yorkshire offering opportunities to work in biosciences, chemical sciences and physical sciences.
You will find, however, that many areas of work in the sciences are not clearly distinct disciplines with many scientists working at the interface between these sciences. This means it's worth keeping an eye out on opportunities across these different sectors regardless of the specific area you wish to work. You should also check the Health Section for further information on the NHS as they are a major source of scientific opportunities in the region.
Yorkshire has 8 major universities which all offer scientific employment in research roles across a range of disciplines. Some of this may well involve collaboration with outside companies.
Yorkshire Forward has designated one of its seven clusters to Bioscience, in order to encourage development in this area. Specific projects include the York Science Park and development of the Yorkshire Science & Technology Network. The White Rose Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York are collaborating to open a £10 million Academy to train the next generation of multi-skilled scientists which will launch September 2008. GRADTERM, the Graduate Academy for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, will offer PhD students the chance to integrate their research and skills in life sciences with engineering and physical sciences.
The region is also home to the world-class Boulby Underground Laboratory for Dark Matter Research funded by The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. Based at Boulby, North Yorkshire, the centre provides a unique location in which scientists from the UK Dark Matter Consortium can research the possible existence of ‘Dark Matter', the 'missing mass' believed to make up at least 90 per cent of the universe.
York and North Yorkshire is fast establishing itself as a leading centre of enterprise in science and technology with York being the UK's founding National Science City. Science City York has helped to create over 80 new technology companies and 2800 new jobs in the region since 1998.
It is also worth remembering that science based organisations offer a range of opportunities outside the laboratory with a common example being Technical Sales. Here it may be possible to work in the region even if the company's HQ is elsewhere, since large firms usually need a nationwide network of sales staff.
Job vacancies in Science & Technology
Yorkshire Science is the business-focused Science and Industry Council for the Yorkshire and Humber region, with activities covering all aspects of physical, material, natural and social sciences across the whole region.
The YSTN is an ongoing series of networking and showcase events to help increase collaboration between innovative companies and Higher Education Institutions in the Yorkshire and Humber region. It is part of the Knowledge RICH initiative.
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A Yorkshire Forward initiative to increase collaboration between industry and the region's Higher Education Institutions. Their useful links page is also worth a look.
A collaborative project between the White Rose universities to enable life scientists to integrate their skills with those from engineering and physical science in the context of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
Supporting businesses in a variety of sectors within York, the UK's first national Science City. Sites under the Science City umbrella include Bioscience York, Creative York, IT & Digital York and Community Science. The ‘other contacts' page of BioScience York has a number of useful links for the Yorkshire region and is worth looking at.
Purpose-built facilities on one site with direct links to the University of York to facilitate technology transfer and business development for businesses from start-up to corporations The specialist facilities including the Innovation , Bio and IT Centres.
Laboratory for research into ‘dark matter;' situated in one of the deepest mines in the country. Read about its opening here.
Run by a consortium of the White Rose universities and based at Sheffield Hallam University, Science Learning Centres provide the highest quality Continuing Professional Development for everyone involved in science education, at all levels.
WRCE aims to increase the entrepreneurial skills and competency of graduates, postgraduates and research staff, and to give encouragement and support to technology transfer, particularly via the formation of new companies.
WRCE has its headquarters at the University of Sheffield and staff are located at each of the White Rose Universities, of Sheffield, Leeds and York. They also run an annual business plan competition - please see their website for details and eligibility criteria.