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  1. #1 Some confusions about scientific research and career 
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    I would like to pursue a career as a scientific researcher (probably in genetics/neurology/anti-aging/bio-medica… etc) but I have a few confusions:
    Am I correct in assuming that I would need to do a masters/phd in the respective field to become a scientist ?
    So I want to do experiments/ research, this obviously requires money so who will fund me ? and why ?
    Suppose I had enough money myself could I do research/ experiments on my own ? Are there any LAWS in this regard or some sort of permission or registration required ?
    Do universities fund research work and why ?
    If I wanted to do research in something that has no market value then who would fund me?

    Ok suppose I'm successful in my research, what benefits do i get if I'm (i) self funded or (ii) externally funded ?

    And plz recommend the best countries for such a career

    Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, Thanks

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    Titles and educational requirements vary widely among companies. I worked as an assistant scientist at one company without more than a bachelor's degree in another field, but I recently saw an ad for a "Research Assistant" that was looking for a post-doctorate candidate.

    Generally, you'll need at least a Master's degree to work most places as a "scientist" in biopharma or biomedicine. Pharmaceutical companies perform a lot of research, and governments, universities, and non-profits also perform some of this research. PhD students and post-doc fellows at universities can obtain government grants for their research.

    Generally, with research, you get the biggest "bang for your buck" at universities, less so in industries, and least of all at government facilities. You'd probably need to fund your own research if it has no market value. Typically, you can envision some market/scholarly value, and then obtain government/private grants to fund the work.

    I'd say that most research work requires a certain about of licensing and/or certification. Remember, in the least, you'd be storing/using/generating/disposing hazardous chemicals, which must follow industry and/or government rules.

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