So you are curious about how living things work and think
you may enjoy a career in that direction?
Biosciences is a branch of natural science that deals with the structure
and behaviour of living organisms and are as diverse as the animals,
plants and microbes that make up life on Earth. Its scope reaches
across many different fields, from the submicroscopic levels of cells
and molecules to the global scale of biological communities and ecosystems.
Scientists interested in the biosciences field have many career
paths to choose from at the CSIR. Some become organic chemists and
develop new drugs against diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and
malaria; others study microorganisms responsible for diseases in
humans, animals and plants; while others explore the physiological
properties, interactions and life cycles of the basic living unit
of things, cells.
Career types at the CSIR that focus on biosciences include biochemistry,
biomedical optics, biophotronics, chemistry (natural products; analytical
and medicinal) and plant biotechnology – to name but a few!
Let’s meet a few CSIR scientists who work in the biosciences