Profession pharmacologist

Pharmacologists study living chemicals and their interactions with living organisms, and apply this knowledge to solve diseases and other human health problems.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Investigative / Artistic
  • Investigative / Social

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  • Pharmacology

    Pharmacology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Pharmaceutical chemistry

    The chemical aspects of identification and synthetic alteration of chemical entities as they relate to therapeutic use. The way various chemicals affect biological systems and how they can be integrated in drug development.

  • Microbiology-bacteriology

    Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Toxicology

    The negative effects of chemicals on living organisms, their dose and exposure.

  • Pharmaceutical technology

    Pharmaceutical technology is the branch of pharmaceutics which deals with the technological design, development, manufacture, and evaluation of drugs and medicinal products.

  • Pharmaceutical drug development

    Drug manufacturing phases: pre-clinical phase (research and tests on animals), clinical phase (clinical trials on humans) and the sub-phases required to obtain as an end product a pharmaceutical drug.

  • Pharmacovigilance legislation

    Regulations used to control and monitor adverse drug reactions at EU level.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Medicines

    The medicines, their nomenclature and the substances used in the manufacture of medicines.

  • Communicable diseases

    Communicable diseases is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Pharmaceutical legislation

    European and national legal framework for the development, distribution, and use of medicinal products for humans.

  • Biological chemistry

    Biological chemistry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.


  • Mix chemicals

    Mix chemical substances safely according to recipe, using the proper dosages.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Run laboratory simulations

    Run simulations on prototypes, systems or newly developed chemical products using laboratory equipment.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop scientific research protocols write research proposals develop pharmaceutical drugs phytotherapy analyse blood samples professional documentation in health care develop scientific theories chemical preservation lead clinical pharmacology studies assist in clinical trials archive scientific documentation manufacture medicines recommend product improvements assess environmental impact write scientific papers pharmaceutical manufacturing quality systems provide specialist pharmaceutical advice conduct experiments on animals nuclear medicine biology control production contribute to registration of pharmaceutical products develop vaccines pharmaceutical industry general medicine analyse cell cultures

Common job titles

  • Interdisciplinary scientist (rg-401/405/487/1320-11,12,13)
  • Lead interdisciplinary scientist
  • Staff fellow (clinical pharmacologist)
  • Research associate, protein sciences
  • Computational biologist - cancer biology
  • Scientist, protein biochemistry
  • Senior scientist – gpcr mechanistic pharmacology
  • Internship, quantitative clinical pharmacologist
  • Research scientist ii - cell biology / neuroscience
  • Pharmacologist