Sponsored by Alfaisal University\r\n\r\nAdvances in technology are infiltrating practically every area of science, with nanotechnology in particular offering novel and innovative solutions to a vast range of fields due to its small size.\r\n\r\nNanoscience is all about the infinitely small stuff, the atoms and sub-atomic particles which make up every single thing in the universe, from the chair you sit in, to the hair on your head.\r\n\r\nIt encompasses biology, chemistry and engineering, and, with applications in everything ranging from pharmaceuticals to food science, it’s also responsible for a wave of new specializations and other interdisciplinary fields, such as medicinal chemistry, bioinformatics, immunology, and environmental biology.\r\n\r\nThe manipulation and exploitation of such small properties pushes scientific boundaries to create more materials and procedures on a nano-scale. For instance, in biomedicine nanotechnology is helping to eradicate cancer cells more effectively during treatment, and in engineering nanotechnology can help develop materials that can withstand a rocket’s re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, pushing the boundaries of science at every turn.\r\n\r\nWondering what it must be like to work with the technology of the future? We teamed up with the nanotechnology experts at Alfaisal University to find out more about career opportunities in biomedical science and nanoscience.\r\n\r\nA truly multidisciplinary subject\r\n\r\nIn order to prepare for a career in this field, it’s important to stay well informed and updated, especially considering how quickly the life sciences landscape changes.\r\n\r\nA specialized degree, such as the Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Alfaisal University provides a solid background in materials chemistry, solid state physics, as well as an introduction to biotechnology.\r\n\r\nStudents are exposed to multidisciplinary approaches while studying materials chemistry, microelectronics, photonics, as well as the biomedical and energy applications of the technology.\r\n\r\nHaving ranked in the QS Arab Region University Rankings, Alfaisal University is renowned for its research center and good industry contacts, two factors which are crucial given the cutting-edge nature of this subject.\r\n\r\nYou’ll need a head for numbers\r\n\r\nUnsurprisingly, anyone considering a career in nanoscience will need to be highly analytical, possess definitive technical and scientific skills, have a meticulous eye for detail, be able to use computer-controlled equipment and project manage large and small teams, and enjoy a hands-on approach to working.\r\n\r\nExperience is key and so is finding your area of expertise\r\n\r\nIf you’ve got your eye on a career in the world of nanoscience and biomedical science, you’ll need to possess a good understanding of the underlying foundations of physical sciences.\r\n\r\nIf you’ve already got an undergraduate degree in physical sciences, life sciences, pharmacy, medicine or engineering, you should know your way around a lab but the opportunity to study specific modules and find a specialism that suits you will ensure you can go further in your career. For instance, you could choose to specialize in nano materials for energy and environmental applications, or make nano medicine and nano diagnostics your area of expertise.\r\n\r\nHaving research and publishing experience can also be incredibly beneficial as it not only helps clarify your area of interest and act as a career rehearsal, it can also highlight your dedication to the field to potential employers. Final-year life sciences students at Alfaisal University gain hands-on research opportunities and have the chance to publish scientific papers and be awarded patents with faculty members.\r\n\r\nAfter all, as a nanoscientist it’s your job to conduct research, carry out lab experiments and write up reports on a daily basis, so you’d do well to get a head start.\r\n\r\nSounds exciting… so, what career opportunities are there? \r\n\r\nThere are numerous pathways you can follow in the world of biomedical science and nanoscience. As we’ve already said, the life sciences landscape is constantly evolving thanks to advances in technology, and so there are opportunities to specialize and take on roles as varied as quality assurance for food and drink companies, to clinical support in medical health centers, as well as research development in government laboratories.\r\n\r\nLife sciences graduates from Alfaisal University have gone on to work in numerous industries, including medical research centers and biotech start-ups. You could equally end up working for government ministries, consulting companies, renewable energy businesses, or even the food industry.