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Working As An Assistant Scientist

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  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $90,786

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Scientist Do

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Duties

Medical scientists typically do the following:

  • Design and conduct studies that investigate both human diseases and methods to prevent and treat them
  • Prepare and analyze medical samples and data to investigate causes and treatment of toxicity, pathogens, or chronic diseases
  • Standardize drug potency, doses, and methods to allow for the mass manufacturing and distribution of drugs and medicinal compounds
  • Create and test medical devices
  • Develop programs that improve health outcomes, in partnership with health departments, industry personnel, and physicians
  • Write research grant proposals and apply for funding from government agencies and private funding sources
  • Follow procedures to avoid contamination and maintain safety

Many medical scientists form hypotheses and develop experiments, with little supervision. They often lead teams of technicians, and sometimes students, who perform support tasks. For example, a medical scientist working in a university laboratory may have undergraduate assistants take measurements and make observations for the scientist’s research.

Medical scientists study the causes of diseases and other health problems. For example, a medical scientist who does cancer research might put together a combination of drugs that could slow the cancer’s progress. A clinical trial may be done to test the drugs. A medical scientist may work with licensed physicians to test the new combination on patients who are willing to participate in the study.

In a clinical trial, patients agree to help determine if a particular drug, a combination of drugs, or some other medical intervention works. Without knowing which group they are in, patients in a drug-related clinical trial receive either the trial drug or a placebo—a pill or injection that looks like the trial drug but does not actually contain the drug.

Medical scientists analyze the data from all the patients in the clinical trial, to see how the trial drug performed. They compare the results with those obtained from the control group that took the placebo, and they analyze the attributes of the participants. After they complete their analysis, medical scientists may write about and publish their findings.

Medical scientists do research both to develop new treatments and to try to prevent health problems. For example, they may study the link between smoking and lung cancer or between diet and diabetes.

Medical scientists who work in private industry usually have to research the topics that benefit their company the most, rather than investigate their own interests. Although they may not have the pressure of writing grant proposals to get money for their research, they may have to explain their research plans to nonscientist managers or executives.

Medical scientists usually specialize in an area of research. The following are examples of types of medical scientists:

Cancer researchers research the causes of cancers, as well as ways to prevent and cure cancers. They may specialize in one or more types of cancer.

Clinical and medical informaticians develop new ways to use large datasets. They look for explanations of health outcomes through the statistical analysis of data.

Clinical pharmacologists research, develop, and test current and new drugs. They investigate the full effects that drugs have on human health. Their interests may range from understanding specific molecules to the effects that drugs have on large populations.

Gerontologists study the changes that people go through as they get older. Medical scientists who specialize in this field seek to understand the biology of aging and investigate ways to improve the quality of our later years. 

Immunochemists investigate the reactions and effects that various chemicals and drugs have on the human immune system.

Neuroscientists study the brain and nervous system.

Research histologists have a specific skill set that is used to study human tissue. They investigate how tissue grows, heals, and dies, and may investigate grafting techniques that can help people who have experienced serious injury.  

Serologists research fluids found in the human body, such as blood and saliva. Applied serologists often work in forensic science. For more information on forensic science, see the profile on forensic science technicians.

Toxicologists research the harmful effects of drugs, household chemicals, and other potentially poisonous substances. They seek to ensure the safety of drugs, radiation, and other treatments by investigating safe dosage limits.

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Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.

Education

Students planning careers as medical scientists typically pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Undergraduate students benefit from taking a broad range of classes, including life sciences, physical sciences, and math. Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills, because they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.

After students have completed their undergraduate studies, they typically enter Ph.D. programs. Dual-degree programs are available that pair a Ph.D. with a range of specialized medical degrees. A few degree programs that are commonly paired with Ph.D. studies are Medical Doctor (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Whereas Ph.D. studies focus on research methods, such as project design and data interpretation, students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Graduate programs emphasize both laboratory work and original research. These programs offer prospective medical scientists the opportunity to develop their experiments and, sometimes, to supervise undergraduates. Ph.D. programs culminate in a thesis that the candidate presents before a committee of professors. Students may specialize in a particular field, such as gerontology, neurology, or cancer.

Those who go to medical school spend most of the first 2 years in labs and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, pathology, medical ethics, and medical law. They also learn how to record medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses. They may be required to participate in residency programs, meeting the same requirements that physicians and surgeons have to fulfill.

Medical scientists often continue their education with postdoctoral work. Postdoctoral work provides additional and more independent lab experience, including experience in specific processes and techniques such as gene splicing, which is transferable to other research projects.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical scientists primarily conduct research and typically do not need licenses or certifications. However, those who administer drugs, gene therapy, or otherwise practice medicine on patients in clinical trials or a private practice need a license to practice as a physician.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.

Critical-thinking skills. Medical scientists must use their expertise to determine the best method for solving a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Medical scientists use statistical techniques, so that they can properly quantify and analyze health research questions.

Decisionmaking skills. Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.

Observation skills. Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.

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Assistant Scientist Career Paths

Assistant Scientist
Scientist Project Manager Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Research Scientist Associate Director
Associate Director Of Development
9 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Scientist Application Scientist
Field Applications Scientist
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Material Handler Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Senior Research Fellow Scientist
Lead Scientist
8 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Scientist Senior Scientist
Principal Research Scientist
10 Yearsyrs
Associate Scientist Senior Scientist
Principal Scientist
12 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Laboratory Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Associate Clinical Research Coordinator Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Regulatory Affairs Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Research And Development Manager
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Professor Research Associate
Research Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Quality Assurance Technician Chemist
Senior Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Quality Engineer Product Developer
Senior Manager, Product Development
10 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Assistant Professor Senior Scientist
Senior Principal Scientist
12 Yearsyrs
Scientist Research Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Associate Scientist Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Project Director Research Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Associate Senior Project Manager Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Research And Development
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Scientist 4.9 years
Research Scientist 3.8 years
Staff Scientist 3.5 years
Scientist 3.4 years
Junior Scientist 2.4 years
Contract Scientist 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.5%
Chemist 4.5%
Fellow 4.0%
Scientist 3.8%
Technician 3.0%
Researcher 2.8%
Top Employers After
Scientist 17.8%
Chemist 4.4%
Manager 2.3%
Consultant 2.0%
Internship 1.5%

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Assistant Scientist Demographics

Gender

Female

47.5%

Male

46.1%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Asian

17.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.9%

French

14.3%

Chinese

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Russian

7.1%

German

5.4%

Hebrew

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Sami

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Persian

1.8%

Malay

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Wolof

1.8%
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Assistant Scientist Education

Schools

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

10.4%

North Carolina State University

8.0%

University of Wisconsin Extension

7.6%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

7.6%

Iowa State University

7.2%

Michigan State University

5.6%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

5.6%

Johns Hopkins University

5.6%

University of California - Davis

4.8%

University of Florida

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

Seton Hall University

4.0%

Drexel University

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.2%

University of Rhode Island

2.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.8%
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Majors

Biology

23.0%

Chemistry

21.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

12.7%

Microbiology

6.5%

Business

5.4%

Pharmacy

5.0%

Biotechnology

3.8%

Animal Science

2.5%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.3%

Environmental Science

2.3%

Public Health

1.9%

Chemical Engineering

1.9%

Pharmacology

1.8%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.7%

Genetics

1.6%

Physics

1.6%

Biomedical Sciences

1.2%

Plant Sciences

1.2%

Zoology

1.2%

Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Masters

27.4%

Doctorate

15.0%

Other

7.5%

Certificate

3.6%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Assistant Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Scientist University of California, Santa Cruz Mountain View, CA Jan 10, 2015 $124,630
Assistant Scientist University of California, Santa Cruz Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2015 $124,630
Assistant Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole, MA Mar 02, 2015 $105,901
Assistant Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole, MA Jan 24, 2016 $105,000
Assistant Biophysical Scientist, Remote Sensing Uchicago Argonne, LLC Lemont, IL Jun 07, 2016 $104,375
Assistant Scientist Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Feb 01, 2015 $103,991
Assistant Scientist Johns Hopkins University New York, NY Feb 01, 2015 $103,991
Assistant Scientist The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Oct 01, 2015 $102,301
Assistant Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole, MA Dec 09, 2016 $95,000
Assistant Scientist The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jul 01, 2015 $95,000
Assistant Scientist Aura/Space Telescope Science Institute Baltimore, MD Mar 10, 2016 $95,000
Assistant Scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory NY May 01, 2015 $94,917
Assistant Scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory NY May 01, 2015 $94,600
Assistant Scientist Indiana University Bloomington, IN Mar 01, 2015 $66,000
Assistant Scientist The Morgridge Institute for Research Inc. Madison, WI Jan 09, 2016 $65,500
Assistant Scientist III Iowa State University of Science and Technology Ames, IA Jul 27, 2016 $65,000
Assistant Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jul 01, 2016 $65,000
Assistant Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jul 15, 2016 $65,000
Assistant Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Feb 01, 2016 $65,000
Assistant Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jan 07, 2016 $65,000
Assistant Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jan 02, 2016 $65,000
Assistant Scientist II Iowa State University of Science and Technology Ames, IA Mar 02, 2015 $56,000
Assistant Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Aug 01, 2015 $56,000
Assistant Scientist University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL Jun 08, 2015 $56,000
Assistant Scientist University of Florida Gainesville, FL Jun 01, 2015 $56,000
Assistant Scientist Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $56,000
Assistant Scientist University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL Sep 15, 2015 $55,825
Assistant Scientist Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $55,608
Assistant Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Dec 12, 2016 $55,286

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  2. Methods
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  • Operated laboratory equipment according to Standard Operation Procedures, such as microscopy, digital imaging, and computer based image analysis.
  • Gained increasing responsibility and greater ownership of methods, as well as more input into structure-activity relationship.
  • Perform basic laboratory procedures including test article preparation and administration and observation for signs of toxicity.
  • Performed GMP HPLC, IR, NMR, KF, LOD analyses on reference standards for purity and stability assignment.
  • Prepared various reagents for studies, including conjugated antibody cocktails, cell culture media and buffers.

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