Posted on September 24, 2012, in Job hunting and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The Expo sounds like a useful resource. I’m intrigued by the Chartered Scientist designation, for a few reasons. First, it’s encouraging that they acknowledge that someone can still be a scientist, without actively conducting or supervising research (therein distinguishing between a ‘researcher’ and ‘scientist’ – the fields of science policy, patent law, scientific publishing and education all require scientists). Second, this is a novel concept to me; I’d generally taken the PhD itself to be the professional qualification. I can see the potential benefits of a distinction between the two: a CSci designation may ultimately be something that all scientists/researchers can work towards on the job, while the PhD may forego its ‘training’ role, and become something granted in recognition of a solid publication history (free of journal impact factor biases, with the published content judged on its own merits after publication). This would be more akin to the earlier role of the PhD, which was granted in recognition of a lifetime’s work. Third, I approve of the CSci requirement to agree to a code of professional conduct, which is largely lacking from PhD programmes.

    Thanks for the post, and good luck with your job search!

    • Hi Duncan, yes, the Expo was very useful indeed. I like your first point that acknowledgement of scientist and making the distinction from researcher is important, it certainly is true that research is just one of the routes a scientist can take whilst staying in the profession. The distinction between the two is to allow membership with a professional body, the Society of Biology is relatively new in this and the idea is for them to eventually have Royal Society of Biology status – akin to the Royal Society of Chemistry and several others. Aside from membership with the Society, the CSci status is one that is maintained by showing continuing professional development (CPD) to show that you are still an active scientist. But as it is a new society, I wasn’t aware of all the ins and outs of how it works. That’s one of my jobs for today, to become a member and to begin the CSci accreditation. Interesting thoughts about separating training from PhD work, it will be interesting to see how it develops over the next few years.

      Hope you are well, thanks for the interesting input and for reading :)

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