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Working As An Associate Scientist

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

  • $69,060

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Scientist Do

An Associate Scientist assists in various experiments and research, working under the direction of a lead scientist. Their specialties may include biological life sciences, geo-science, atmospheric physics, and computing.

How To Become An Associate Scientist

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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Real Associate Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Scientist Horizon Discovery, Inc. Cambridge, MA May 10, 2016 $135,655
Associate Scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Jan 10, 2016 $121,004
Associate Scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Jan 10, 2016 $120,600
Biologist Research Associate/Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Jan 11, 2015 $114,252
Biologist Research Associate/Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Nov 01, 2015 $114,252
Principal Associate Scientist Dart Neuroscience, LLC San Diego, CA Sep 14, 2016 $111,000
Associate Scientist II Janssen Research & Development, LLC San Diego, CA Feb 23, 2015 $108,410
Associate Scientist The Dow Chemical Company Freeport, TX May 20, 2016 $107,598 -
$141,924
Associate/Scientist Abt Associates Inc. Bethesda, MD Apr 09, 2016 $107,120
Associate Scientist, Development-M and S Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2016 $104,894 -
$164,200
Associate/Scientist Abt Associates Inc. Bethesda, MD Apr 09, 2016 $104,749
Associate Scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Jan 10, 2016 $104,496
Associate Scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Jan 10, 2016 $104,150
Associate Scientist .02 Molecular & Cellular Blgts) Pro Unlimited, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 23, 2016 $79,872
Associate Scientist .02 Molecular & Cellular Blgts) Pro Unlimited, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Feb 23, 2016 $79,872
Associate Scientist (Analytical Research & Method Developmen G&W Pa Laboratories, LLC Sellersville, PA Feb 11, 2015 $79,500
Associate Scientist (Analytical Research & Method Developmen G&W Laboratories, Inc. Sellersville, PA Feb 11, 2015 $79,500
Associate Scientist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Cambridge, MA Sep 02, 2015 $78,894 -
$104,700
Associate Scientist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Cambridge, MA Feb 09, 2015 $78,894 -
$104,700
Associate Scientist EMD Serono Research Institute, Inc. Billerica, MA Dec 07, 2016 $78,507
Associate Scientist I EMD Serono Research and Development Institute, Inc. Billerica, MA Jan 07, 2016 $78,507
Associate Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Oct 06, 2016 $67,535
Associate Scientist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jun 10, 2016 $67,535
Associate Scientist II University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Silver Spring, MD Sep 14, 2015 $67,486
Associate Scientist II, Technical Development Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 25, 2015 $67,289
Associate Scientist Brigham and Women's Hospital Cambridge, MA Jan 01, 2015 $67,201
KH Associate Scientist Kemin Foods, LC Des Moines, IA Sep 09, 2015 $67,200

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Top Skills for An Associate Scientist

LabEquipmentAnalyticalMethodsCellCultureProceduresValidationProtocolsMethodDevelopmentHplcStabilityStudiesRecombinantProteinsSafetyGLPElisaFDAChemistryGMPDNACellLinesUv/VisDataAnalysisRawMaterials

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Top Associate Scientist Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Analytical Methods
  3. Cell Culture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and performed risk assessments for new or existing lab equipment to maintain compliance with GLP and Company regulations.
  • Used analytical methods to support development of drug product formulations.
  • Experienced in molecular biology including protein, cell culture, and Franz diffusion cell work.
  • Perform routine manufacturing work using standard operating procedures and authored several batch records.
  • Write, review analytical methods, method validation protocols and its reports.

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