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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine McGarrigle

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Researches how the nervous system behaves; develops pharmaceuticals for neurological disorders.


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Neuroscientists study the development and function of the nervous system, which includes the brain, the spinal cord, and nerve cells throughout the body. 

Neuroscientists conduct research on patients and on laboratory animals including rats and mice. (Neurologists, on the other hand, are practicing physicians who diagnose and treat neurological diseases in humans).

They may specialise in one part of the nervous system, such as neurotransmitters, or focus their research on specific behaviors, such as psychiatric disorders.

Illnesses based in the nervous system include Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Neuroscientists typically take part in publicly funded research projects at universities, research institutes, or government facilities.

The are also engaged in applied research for private industry, such as the development of new pharmaceutical treatments or other biotechnology products.

Some treat patients as licensed neurosurgeons and neurologists.

Neuroscientists typically perform research in offices or laboratories. Some work in clinics and hospitals to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients.

Neuroscientists begin experiments by preparing tissue and cell samples. They make use of antibodies, dyes, and gene probes to identify different components of the nervous system. Tools and equipment used to monitor brain and nerve activity include magnetic resonance imagers and microelectrodes. Some use computers to create nervous system models, while others study the simplified nervous system of insects to better isolate certain behaviors.

 


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It is essential for Neuroscientists to have good communication skills, patience and the ability to work within a team of health care specialists. 

An analytical mindset and good problem solving skills are key in this line of work.

Mathematical and computational skillsets are crucial as well as attention to detail in your research and the ability to work to a high level of accuracy.


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A Neuroscientist may or may not have a degree in medicine. They may complete a Bachelor's Degree in neuroscience or in a biological science to prepare for graduate studies and research. Relevant subject areas include computer science, cognitive science, mathematics, and physics.

Those wishing to purse clinical work must also have completed Degree in Medicine.

In addition to neuroscience, graduates may choose advanced degree fields in such areas as neurobiology or pharmacology.

Permanent research positions in neuroscience commonly require postdoctoral fellowships to gain laboratory experience.

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