What does a Materials Scientist do?

Materials scientists study and analyze chemical properties of structures in different man-made and natural materials including glass, ceramic, or metals. They study and investigate them to gain new knowledge about how to strengthen existing materials. They also combine particular materials to create brand-new materials with specific properties and characteristics for different applications or products; They experiment with various materials and chemicals to determine how new materials can best serve or improve humanity.

Materials scientists create items for everyday use and study and understand old materials to create newer ones with improved characteristics. They devise methods to test certain materials and determine effects that different conditions have on them and plan lab experiments to assess logical possibilities of techniques and procedures used to create new materials with other characteristics. Sometimes they fill out grant proposals for development or funding for research and development and ensure all laboratory personnel follows government and safety standards. Materials scientists have a doctorate degree in materials science, engineering, chemistry, or chemical engineering.

Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

Materials Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£30,745 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £31K
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Materials Scientist Career Path

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Associate Manufacturing Scientist
1 Jul 2021

“In my current position I did not feel there was enough professional and career development to help me progress in my specific department.”

Applied Scientist
24 Jan 2021

“Great career growth is good”

Applied Scientist II
30 Dec 2020

“Great work and life balance”

Energizer HoldingsEnergizer Holdings
Materials Scientist
17 Jun 2021

“Good benefits and career options”

Applied Scientist Intern
2 Dec 2020

“work life balance; mentor is nice”

Applied Scientist II
9 May 2021

“work life balance is relative good”

Beckman Coulter DiagnosticsBeckman Coulter Diagnostics
Development Scientist
22 Oct 2019

“Great people to work with”

Applied Scientist
9 Mar 2021

“its was great time to work”

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