Biomedical scientist advanced


Biomedical scientists advanced undertake advanced translational research in the biomedical science field and perform as educators of their professions or as other professionals.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to biomedical scientist advanced:

advanced medical scientist
advanced analyst in biomedical science
expert scientist in biomedicine
advanced researcher in biomedical science
advanced clinical laboratory scientist
advanced medical laboratory scientist
advanced practitioner in biomedical science
advanced biomedical researcher
advanced biomedical doctor

Minimum qualifications

Master’s degree is generally required to work as biomedical scientist advanced. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Biomedical scientist advanced is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Biomedical scientist advanced career path

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of biomedical scientist advanced. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of biomedical scientist advanced with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of biomedical scientist advanced.

Biomedical science: The principles of the natural sciences applied to medicine. Medical sciences such as medical microbiology and clinical virology apply biology principles for medical knowledge and invention.
Analytical methods in biomedical sciences: The various research, mathematical or analytical methods used in biomedical sciences.
Health care occupation-specific ethics: The moral standards and procedures, ethical questions and obligations specific to occupations in a health care setting such as respect for human dignity, self-determination, informed consent and patient confidentiality.
Biomedical scientists’ role in health care system: The roles and responsibilities of a biomedical scientist under the health care regulation system.
Biosafety in biomedical laboratory: The principles and methods for managing infectious materials in the laboratory environment, biosafety levels, classification and risk assessment, pathogenicity and toxicity of a living organism and their possible hazards in order to minimise any risks for human health and the environment.
Pedagogy: The discipline that concerns the theory and practice of education including the various instructional methods for educating individuals or groups.
Biomedical techniques: The various methods and techniques used in biomedical laboratory such as molecular and biomedical techniques, imaging techniques, genetic engineering, electrophysiology techniques and in silico techniques.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of biomedical scientist advanced.

Make clinical decisions: Respond to an information need by collecting and analysing available findings to inform clinical decisions.
Study topics: Carry out effective research on relevant topics to be able to produce summary information appropriate to different audiences. The research may involve looking at books, journals, the internet, and/or verbal discussions with knowledgeable persons.
Assist in the production of laboratory documentation: Assist in documenting laboratory work, especially paying attention to policies and standard operating procedures.
Validate biomedical analysis results: Clinically validate the results of the biomedical analysis, according to the expertise and authorization level.
Apply scientific methods: Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.
Record data from biomedical tests: Use information technology to accurately record and analyse data from biomedical tests, writing reports on the data and sharing results with the appropriate persons.
Adhere to organisational guidelines: Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.
Conduct health related research: Conduct research in health related topics and communicate findings orally, through public presentations or by writing reports and other publications.
Apply context specific clinical competences: Apply professional and evidence based assessment, goal setting, delivery of intervention and evaluation of clients, taking into account the developmental and contextual history of the clients, within one`s own scope of practice.
Accept own accountability: Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of biomedical scientist advanced. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Microbiology-bacteriology: Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.
Clinical immunology: The pathology of a disease in relation to its immune response and immune system.
Human physiology: The science that studies the human organs and its interactions and mechanisms.
Clinical cytology: The science of the formation, structure, and function of cells.
Histopathology: The procedures needed for the microscopic examination of stained tissue sections using histological techniques.
Biophysics: The characteristics of biophysics which span across various fields, using methods from physics in order to study biological elements.
Immunology: Immunology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.
Biology: Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.
Epidemiology: The branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution and control of diseases. The disease aetiology, transmission, outbreak investigation, and comparisons of treatment effects.
Medical informatics: The processes and tools used for the analysis and dissemination of medical data through computerized systems.
Toxicology: The negative effects of chemicals on living organisms, their dose and exposure.
Chemistry: The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.
Immunohaematology: The reactions of antibodies in relation to the pathogenesis and manifestation of blood disorders.
Clinical microbiology: The science of identifying and isolating organisms that cause infectious diseases.
Medical genetics: The diagnosis, types and treatment of hereditary disorders; a type of genetics which refers to the application to medical care.
Pathology: The components of a disease, the cause, mechanisms of development, morphologic changes, and the clinical consequences of those changes.
Embryology: The normal development of the embryo, the aetiology of developmental anomalies such as genetic aspects and organogenesis and the natural history of abnormalities diagnosed before birth.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of biomedical scientist advanced. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Analyse cell cultures: Analyse cell cultures grown from tissue samples, performing also screening of the cervical smear to detect fertility issues.
Analyse body fluids: Test samples from human bodily fluids like blood and urine for enzymes, hormones, and other constituents, identifying blood types and determining whether donor blood is compatible with the recipient.
Advise on healthcare users’ informed consent: Ensure patients/clients are fully informed about the risks and benefits of proposed treatments so they can give informed consent, engaging patients/clients in the process of their care and treatment.
Listen actively: Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.
Employ foreign languages for health-related research: Use foreign languages for conducting and collaborating in health-related research.
Work in multidisciplinary health teams: Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

ISCO group and title

2131 – Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related professionals





  1. Biomedical scientist advanced – ESCO
Last updated on August 8, 2022

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