Associate scientists are critical to many of the scientific advancements of our day. They work in teams led by project scientists to assist in experiments and research. Depending on the team's size and the experiment's nature, associate scientists may be involved in the research process.
An associate scientist's daily tasks may involve receiving instructions from a lead scientist, conducting the necessary research, and reporting findings. They may get to work independently or closely with senior scientists. Associate scientists may have small administrative responsibilities, like training other scientists and supervising library technicians and student scientists.
Associate scientists receive some of the credit for the project's findings, along with other members of the team. Most employers insist that associate scientists have at least a Ph.D. in their chosen field. The employer also determines the minimum acceptable years of experience necessary.