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Become A Post-Doctoral Scientist

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  • $50,000

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What Does A Post-Doctoral Scientist Do At Thermo Fisher Scientific

* Perform a variety of experiments as directed by the lead scientists and engineers with the objective of the development and characterization of high brightness ion and electron sources.
* Experiments typically involve the measurements of current–voltage relationships, energy spread, brightness, lifetime, noise, and stability
* Perform analysis of experimental results using scientific techniques and standard computer software (Excel, R, python, Julia, etc.)
* Documentation of research results in both written reports and Power Point presentations
* Development and testing of new laboratory and instrument control software
* Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair laboratory equipment as necessary

What Does A Post-Doctoral Scientist Do At Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

* Assist in the development of high-quality clinical regulatory and other supporting documents for pipeline and/or marketed products.
* These documents may include: clinical study protocols, Investigator’s Brochures, clinical study reports, and sections of Investigational New Drug (IND) Applications or Biologics License Applications (BLAs)
* Assist in the development of high-quality abstracts, posters, and manuscripts
* Learn about development and execution of a publication plan
* Work collaboratively with internal medical communication personnel, publications leads, publication associates, and clinical study teams to ensure that projects are completed per time and quality goals
* Interact with external contract medical writers, investigators, journals, and colleagues in relevant professional associations
* Attend project-specific team meetings
* Develop a working knowledge of internal standard operating procedures (SOPs) as well as regulatory authority guidelines and requirements, International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) Guidances, and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for reference in the development of required clinical documents and publications
* Attend all relevant training courses and/or workshops (internal or external) to enhance professional development

What Does A Post-Doctoral Scientist Do At George Washington University

* Designs experiments, performs experiments and analyzes data
* Writes manuscripts to disseminate results, presents data at lab meetings, presents data at conferences
* Performs other work related duties as assigned.
* The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
* Position Designation:
* Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations.
* Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work

What Does A Post-Doctoral Scientist Do At Lilly

* Next generation sequencing (NGS) and genomics have enabled a transformation of drug discovery, both in the identification of novel drug targets and characterization of genetic diversity of disease vulnerabilities and drug response, i.e. personalized or precision medicine.
* In animal health, one disease area of primary interest is control of parasites, e.g. fleas, ticks, flies, and worms.
* We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist to explore several applications of NGS, comparative genomics, and functional genomics for parasitic worms.
* Of particular interest is the characterization of mechanisms involved in host-parasite communications, and development of high throughput platforms relevant to those mechanisms.
* This position sits in the multi-disciplinary Elanco Research Labs, with access to mentorship and expertise from several functions in early drug discovery.
* The anticipated work will involve collaboration with academic collaborators at the leading edge of this field, including publication.
* As a postdoctoral scientist at Elanco, you’ll be expected to:
* Drive success of selected projects in cooperation with your mentor and an interdisciplinary advisory committee
* Communicate effectively with internal and academic collaborators
* Attend and present your work at scientific conferences
* Publish your work in peer-reviewed journals
* Actively participate in relevant communities of practice at Elanco and Lilly
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What Does A Post-Doctoral Scientist Do At J&J Family of Companies

* Research and experiment with state-of-the-art machine
* learning algorithms in the context of understanding the appearance of faces and skin, and the oral cavity;
* Collaborate
* with other research scientists and engineers to formulate innovative
* solutions to implement advanced AI techniques applied to beauty, wellness,
* health and consumer behavior data.
* Design
* of experiments; data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation; conducting
* literature and patent searches; organization and assimilation of
* literature search results

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How To Become A Post-Doctoral 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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  • Japanese

  • Chinese

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  • Portuguese

  • Persian

  • Korean

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  • Swedish

  • Turkish

  • Czech

  • Mandarin

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Real Post-Doctoral Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Post Doctoral Scholar University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Jul 01, 2015 $129,854
Post-Doctoral Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Mar 09, 2015 $110,614 -
Post-Doctoral Scientist, Clinical Virology/Bioinformatics Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 05, 2015 $87,575 -
Post-Doctoral Associate University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD May 22, 2016 $79,300
Post-Doctoral Associate University of Maryland College Park Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2016 $75,216
Post-Doctoral Associate University of Maryland College Park Gaithersburg, MD Jan 10, 2016 $75,216
Post Doctoral Associate University of Florida Gainesville, FL Jan 01, 2015 $75,000
Scientist Post Syngenta Flowers, Inc. Gilroy, CA Jan 08, 2016 $74,600 -
Post-Doctoral Associate University of Maryland College Park Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2015 $72,843
Post-Doctoral Scientist Traits Bayer Cropscience LP Marion, AR Sep 04, 2015 $72,000
Post-Doctoral Scientist Traits Bayer Cropscience LP Morrisville, NC Sep 16, 2015 $72,000
Post-Doctoral Associate University of Maryland College Park Gaithersburg, MD Jul 22, 2015 $71,332
Post-Doctoral Associate/Physics & Astronomy Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Sep 09, 2015 $51,000
Post-Doctoral Associate University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD Jan 09, 2016 $51,000
Post Doctoral Associate Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $51,000
Post Doctoral Associate University of Florida Gainesville, FL Oct 01, 2015 $50,840
Post-Doctoral Associate University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD Feb 15, 2016 $50,563
Post-Doctoral Associate Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Jan 12, 2016 $50,440
Post Doctoral Associate University of Florida Wimauma, FL Mar 13, 2015 $45,000
Post Doctoral Associate University of Florida Gainesville, FL Oct 16, 2015 $45,000
Post Doctoral Scholar Oregon State University Corvallis, OR Sep 15, 2015 $45,000
Post-Doctoral Scientist Protea Biosiences, Inc. Morgantown, WV Sep 15, 2015 $45,000
Post Doctoral Associate University of Florida Gainesville, FL Aug 21, 2015 $45,000
Post-Doctoral Associate Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Aug 15, 2016 $45,000

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Top Post-Doctoral Scientist Skills

  1. Cell Lines
  2. Protein Expression
  3. Laboratory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Engineered novel cell lines for investigation of MAPK signaling fidelity and crosstalk.
  • Determined and optimized conditions for protein expression and purification for structural and functional studies.
  • Acquired substantial experience in researching chemicals and laboratory equipment for the development of the process used in sample fabrication.
  • Developed and performed biochemistry and molecular biology techniques.
  • Prepared bacterial transformations and DNA preparation with ERR alpha constructs.

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