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Become A Research Biologist

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  • $96,410

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What Does A Research Biologist Do At Geological Survey

* Conduct research focused on bioaccumulation and toxicity of contaminants from water, sediment, soil, and food; the physical, chemical, and biological factors affecting these processes; and relationships between laboratory responses, field responses, and characteristics of contaminated aquatic ecosystems.
* Lead research teams on a permanent and continuing basis, serves as a principal investigator on research projects, and provides scientific guidance and oversight for environmental toxicology investigations at CERC, within USGS, and for other organizations.
* Provide scientific guidance and oversight for research related to ecological restoration, behavioral toxicology, invasive species control, and other research conducted inthe Ecology Branch at CERC.
* Responsible for managing an annual research program of approximately $1,700,000 to $2,000,000

What Does A Research Biologist Do At Geological Survey

* Conduct research to understand the mechanisms of actions of chemicals on the developing embryos of fish and wildlife.
* Lead research teams on a permanent and continuing basis, and provides scientific guidance and oversight.
* Develop analytical techniques to quantify exposure and estimate toxicity in both laboratory and field studies.
* Provide technical assistance to DOI agencies and other Federal, State, and private interests as appropriate

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How To Become A Research Biologist

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 Research Biologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Aug 18, 2010 $96,867 -
$125,926
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Aug 23, 2010 $96,867 -
$125,926
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Aug 12, 2010 $96,867 -
$125,926
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Aug 02, 2010 $96,867 -
$125,926
Field Research Biologist-Seeds & Traits R&D Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidiary of The Dow Chemic HI Aug 29, 2016 $94,608 -
$141,926
Research Biologist North Slope Borough, Dept of Wildlife Management Barrow, AK Jan 01, 2011 $91,316
Researcher/Biologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA Oct 11, 2009 $86,505
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Jun 21, 2010 $81,460 -
$105,897
Field Research Biologist-Seeds and Traits R&D Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidia HI Aug 29, 2013 $80,964 -
$121,452
Research Biologist Merck & Co., Inc. Rahway, NJ Feb 28, 2012 $80,059 -
$103,280
Lead Research Biologist Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidiary of The Dow Chemic Kaumakani, HI Aug 20, 2015 $78,853 -
$107,842
Field Research Biologist Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidia HI Aug 07, 2014 $78,132 -
$117,204
Field Research Biologist Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidia Kaumakani, HI Aug 08, 2014 $75,026 -
$104,916
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2011 $69,000
Research Biologist Merck & Co., Inc. Boston, MA Aug 15, 2011 $68,245 -
$103,280
Wildlife & Research Biologist Hamer Environmental, L.P. Portland, OR Aug 26, 2015 $67,256
Research Biologist USDA, Agricultural Research Service Boston, MA Nov 17, 2015 $66,154
Field Research Biologist-Seeds and Traits R&D Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidia CA Aug 22, 2013 $66,144 -
$89,424
Research Biologist Kelly Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD Aug 08, 2010 $65,970
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, Davis Sacramento, CA Mar 01, 2011 $65,400
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Dec 14, 2010 $61,700
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Dec 14, 2011 $61,700
Wildlife & Research Biologist Hamer Environmental, L.P. Hoquiam, WA Mar 01, 2015 $60,112
Molecular Research Biologist Reprogenetics LLC Livingston, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $60,000
Field Research Biologist Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidiary of The Dow Chemic HI Aug 26, 2014 $58,152 -
$87,216
Field Research Biologist Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidia HI Aug 26, 2014 $58,152 -
$87,216
Senior Research Biologist Merial LLC Athens, GA Sep 08, 2013 $57,830 -
$82,700
Research Biologist Ocean State Research Institute, Inc. Providence, RI May 01, 2011 $55,000

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Top Skills for A Research Biologist

LaboratoryEquipmentCellLinesProceduresSafetyMolecularBiologyRt-PcrProteinElisaResearchProjectsGLPDiseaseMammalianCellCultureDiscoveryToxicologyDna/RnaDataCollectionDataAnalysisMerckRegulatoryEPA

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Top Research Biologist Skills

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Cell Lines
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform general maintenance on laboratory equipment and troubleshoot where necessary.
  • Perform cell culture on cancer cell lines used for studies.
  • Developed and implemented Standard Operating Procedures, and chaired the Regulatory department's SOP committee.
  • Received award for outstanding efforts and achieving great financial savings for Safety Assessment.
  • Carried out molecular biology experiments using proteins and nucleic acids from human tissue and cultured cells.

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