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Working As A Lead Scientist

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

  • $96,410

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Scientist Do At Presbyterian Healthcare Services

* Collaborate with AO leaders, staff & business stakeholders from clinical, operational, financial and technical areas to gather, define and analyze requirement as well as design and implement robust reporting/analytic solutions to generate clinical, operational and financial insights
* Leadership competencies with an ability to collaborate and establish working relationships, effective communication strategies (oral and written) across the organization and at different levels, strategic thinking and actions to influence leadership stakeholders and key business decisions
* Design, develop and pilot/ deploy state-of-the-art, data-driven optimization algorithms, forecasting and predictive/descriptive models beyond current PHS analytics capabilities.to solve business problems using the latest and most appropriate technologies in statistical modeling and machine learning
* Conduct risk identification and mitigation planning and inform analytical senior leadership of any issues/escalations & risks
* Conduct design, modeling, statistical analyses and data visualization for both exploratory and hypothesis-driven data studies using clinical, financial, and administrative data sources
* Develop, test and validate both existing and new analytical prototypes, algorithms, models, methods, and data processes to support business decision making as well as clinical and operational process improvement
* Experience managing multi-disciplinary projects involving multi-tasking, achieving milestones, deadlines, and maintaining customer relationships
* Experience in conducting overall program evaluations (i.e., Planning-implementation-completion/analysis-reporting) and supporting other assessments such as change management assessments, workflow optimization assessments, etc
* Experience in managing healthcare reporting/analytics system implementations throughout the project life-cycle, performing workflow analysis, testing, training, go-live, system upgrades and issues management in partnership with IT
* Analyze and model structured data and implement algorithms to support analysis using advanced data-driven analytical methods from statistics, data mining, econometrics, and operations research
* Perform advanced analytics techniques to mine unstructured data, using methods such as document clustering, topic analysis, named entity recognition, and document classification
* Perform exploratory data analysis, generate and test working hypotheses, and uncover historical trends and relationships using clinical, financial, and administrative data sources
* Support design, test and deployment of optimization algorithms, forecasting and predictive models for patient level outcomes, utilization management, and overall medical services
* Support design, test and deployment of population scoring, stratification and segmentation based on predicted risk of adverse utilization/clinical and financial outcomes
* Manage and collaborate with other analytics stakeholder to define and pilot prototype BI tools
* Design and develop reusable analytical assets (data structures, code, solutions); recommend improvements to existing assets; and evaluates the suitability and value of potential new assets
* Train and manage analytical talent on the appropriate use and interpretation of new analytical models, facilitate integration of these models into existing business analyses as well as assure, maintain and improve efficiency and quality; validate work product of peers & of junior scientists
* Established track record of presentations/publications and thought leadership in the AO area
* Contribute in developing a year-end value story to demonstrate value of the team and their contribution to progress towards the AOs and PHSs goals

What Does A Lead Scientist Do At Fifth Third Bank

* Identify key business problems where data analysis provides insights into solutions and build-out actionable recommendations for business partners and senior leadership
* Work proactively with cross functional teams to understand business questions/objectives, identify the information currently available, clearly define the gaps and articulate a proposed research methodology and plan to deliver on these requirements
* Closely manage projects from inception to completion ensuring they remain within scope, budget, and desired timing
* Work with 3rd party research vendors to design research methodology, sampling specifications, questionnaire development, and analytic techniques that result in actionable and relevant customer analytics & insights
* Distill market research findings into key actionable insights and clearly communicate results across the organization
* Provide high impact and dynamic visualization to bring the customer story to life for the business
* Develop new and build upon existing research capabilities for the bank.
* Work to stand up research self-serve platform and scale optimization approaches (i.e. conjoint, discrete choice, max diff)
* Act as the enterprise VoC subject matter expert and proactively serve as a trusted customer advisor to the business.
* Provide leadership and best practice consultation in the area of market research.
* Provide insights into the strategic direction using data in alignment with the goals of line of business partners
* Develop data solutions addressing the business initiatives and provide leadership on new product or initiative offerings
* Lead and collaborate with Information Technology and Security in the development, enhancement, and ongoing maintenance of foundational customer data platforms

What Does A Lead Scientist Do At Catalent Pharma Solutions

Develop and execute laboratory work plans for self and junior members of team, using customer milestones and site standards and metrics

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How To Become A Lead 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.


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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Languages Spoken

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Ukrainian

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Real Lead Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Earth Scientist Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Aug 25, 2013 $231,843
Lead Epidemiologist Scientist Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2011 $185,000
Lead Earth Scientist, Southern Malongo Area Develo Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Dec 14, 2011 $155,000
Lead Scientist Rakuten USA, Inc. New York, NY Oct 27, 2016 $134,909
Lead Scientist Affectiva, Inc. Pacifica, CA Sep 11, 2015 $133,515 -
Lead Scientist Aquatic Energy, LLC Lake Charles, LA Oct 01, 2010 $130,000
Lead Scientist General Electric Company-Global Research Center San Ramon, CA Oct 01, 2012 $125,000
Lead Scientist General Electric Company-GE Global Research Center Niskayuna, NY Aug 20, 2016 $116,500
Lead Scientist Affectiva Waltham, MA Jun 17, 2016 $116,272
Lead Scientist Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC NY Sep 16, 2016 $115,051
Lead Scientist Quality Planning Corp. San Francisco, CA Jun 03, 2013 $115,000 -
Lead Scientist, Assay Development and Biomarker Validation Cynvenio Biosystems, Inc. Westlake Village, CA Dec 15, 2015 $115,000
Analytic Science-Lead Scientist Fair Isaac Corporation San Diego, CA Mar 11, 2015 $114,982 -
Computer Vision Research Lead Scientist Sealed Air Corporation (Us), A Division of Sealed Tracy, CA Oct 01, 2009 $108,500
Analytic Science-Lead Scientist Fair Isaac Corporation San Diego, CA Sep 21, 2016 $107,786 -
Lead Scientist Purdue Pharma L.P. Cranbury, NJ Aug 29, 2016 $105,000
Analytic Science-Lead Scientist Fair Isaac Corporation Chandler, AZ Feb 24, 2014 $105,000 -
Scientist III, Preclinical Lead Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 29, 2016 $105,000 -
Lead Scientist, Metallurgy Novelis Inc. GA Aug 31, 2014 $101,200
Lead Metallurgy Scientist Novelis Corporation Kennesaw, GA Sep 10, 2015 $97,726
Lead Scientist Natureworks LLC Minnetonka, MN Aug 14, 2016 $95,534 -
Lead Scientist Kalsec, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Sep 18, 2013 $85,000
Analytic Science-Lead Scientist Fair Isaac Corporation Austin, TX Nov 16, 2015 $84,989 -
Analytic Science-Lead Scientist Fair Isaac Corporation San Diego, CA Aug 23, 2011 $83,720 -
Lead Scientist-Colors Kalsec, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Sep 12, 2012 $82,000
Lead Scientist Kalsec, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Sep 18, 2013 $82,000
Lead Scientist University of Wyoming Research Corporation Laramie, WY Sep 01, 2012 $82,000

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Top Lead Scientist Skills

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Procedures
  3. Analytical Methods
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Write specifications for all laboratory equipment purchased as Capitol Expense.
  • Oversee complete laboratory operations within laboratory subgroup and perform all laboratory test procedures in subgroup.
  • Transferred and/or qualified analytical methods in association with new products from contracted clients.
  • Provided guidance and coaching to lower level chemists and scientists (both new and current employees)
  • Identified 12 unique proteins that were filed for a patent as TB diagnosis and biomarkers.

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