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Clinical biochemists analyse patient samples to help medical staff diagnose illnesses. Clinical biochemists are responsible for testing patient samples and interpreting the results for medical staff. They work as part of a hospital medical team that is responsible for investigating and diagnosing patient illnesses.
Most of their time is spent in the laboratory analysing specimens of blood, tissues or urine using computer-aided and automated testing procedures.
- designing experiments to test theories about how chemicals function in the body
- investigating abnormal biochemical conditions
- analysing chemicals in the body, using techniques such as gel electrophoresis and amino acid assay
- working closely with other scientists including chemists, pharmacologists and toxicologists
- keeping up to date with scientific literature connected with their work
- writing reports of findings
- applying for funding
- presenting findings at biochemistry meetings
Interested applicants should have a minimum of BSc and any other qualification will be an added advantage.