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Become A Post Doctoral Researcher

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  • $45,000

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What Does A Post Doctoral Researcher Do

A Postdoctoral Researcher is a person professionally conducting research after the completion of their doctoral studies. They are engaged in mentored research and/or scholarly training.

How To Become A Post Doctoral Researcher

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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4,532 Post Doctoral Researcher jobs

Shire
Lexington, MA
Post-doctoral Researcher

$44,155 Estimated

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA
Post Doctoral Researcher

$57,013 Estimated

Teledyne Scientific & Imaging
Durham, NC
Post-Doctoral Researcher

$45,000 Estimated

Teledyne Scientific & Imaging
Chestnut Ridge, NY
Post-Doctoral Researcher

$90,000 Estimated

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
Post-Doctoral Researcher

$50,000 Estimated

Shire Pharmaceuticals
Lexington, MA
Post doctoral researcher

$44,155 Estimated

NDSU Division of Continuing Education
Fargo, ND
Post Doctoral Researcher

$45,000 Estimated

The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Post Doctoral Researcher

$42,000 Estimated

St. Luke's University Health Network
Bethlehem, PA
Post Doctoral Researcher

$46,920 Estimated

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH
Post-doctoral Researcher

$41,590 Estimated

Us01 Illumina, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Post-doctoral Researcher

$57,013 Estimated

IBM Corporation
Yorktown Heights, NY
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Artificial Intelligence

$90,500 Estimated

California State University System
San Jose, CA
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Mathematics and Statisti

$96,179 Estimated

Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Post Doctoral Research Associate

$40,000 Estimated

Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, MD
Post Doctoral Researcher - Trace Detection Scientist

$54,000 Estimated

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
POOL - Post Doctoral Researcher, Pharmaceutical Chemistry

$38,467 Estimated

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, MD
Post Doctoral Researcher - Trace Detection Scientist

$54,000 Estimated

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, MD
Computational Materials Science Post-doctoral Researcher

$54,000 Estimated

NDSU Division of Continuing Education
Fargo, ND
Post Doctoral Research Associate

$45,000 Estimated

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

$41,009 Estimated

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Real Post Doctoral Researcher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Post DOC Researcher Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 16, 2016 $139,000
Post Doctoral Research Scientist Groupm Worldwide LLC New York, NY May 08, 2016 $120,000
Post-Doctoral Researcher-AMD Research Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 17, 2016 $114,358 -
$125,800
Post Doctoral Research Associate University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, MA Jan 11, 2015 $100,000
Post Doctoral Researcher IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Jul 06, 2016 $98,100 -
$270,100
Post-Doctoral Research Associate The University of Georgia Aiken, SC Jan 07, 2016 $86,665
Post-Doctoral Researcher Rowan University PA Jan 09, 2016 $84,528
Post-Doctoral Researcher Rowan University PA Jan 12, 2016 $84,528
Post-Doctoral Researcher-AMD Research Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Austin, TX Dec 09, 2016 $80,200 -
$130,400
Post Doctorate Research Associate Battelle Memorial Institute Richland, WA Nov 28, 2016 $80,000
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Top Skills for A Post Doctoral Researcher

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Top Post Doctoral Researcher Skills

  1. Cell Culture
  2. Laboratory
  3. Techniques
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experience working with MP-12 strain (BSL-2) of Rift Valley Fever in cell culture.
  • Managed the daily operation of the mechanical testing and evaluation laboratory in the mechanical engineering department.
  • Developed techniques for detection of deletions in mutant population.
  • Collaborated with research scientists in the design, writing and submission of grants to NIH and other funding sources.
  • Supervised and trained technicians in protein expression and purification.

Top Post Doctoral Researcher Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Post Doctoral Researcher

  1. University of California
  2. Columbia University
  3. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  4. National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  5. Washington University
  6. Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  7. University of Washington
  8. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  9. Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  10. University of Alabama
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