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Become A Research Physicist

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Working As A Research Physicist

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  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
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  • $71,759

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Example Of What A Research Physicist does

  • Research included the performance of LIDAR experiments at Cape Canaveral Air Field, FL and HIPAS Observatory, AK.
  • Service on review panels for projects at DARPA and NSF.
  • Staff physicist in the Laboratory of Modern Fluid Physics.
  • Created an analytical models of photonic crystals as perfect GHz filters.
  • Researched and conducted experiments on solar (photovoltaic) cell technology by applying semiconductor physics theory.
  • Worked onsite at Phillips Laboratory, Hanscom AFB.
  • Develop code for data analysis; perform data analysis using developed code and ENVI.
  • Full Patent applied May 2014.
  • Write C++ and Root code to extract and analyze particle physics data Present weekly PowerPoint updates on research progress
  • Work based as Scientist at Beamline 12.2.2, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA

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How To Become A Research Physicist

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 Physicist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Physicist Milow, Ltd. Austin, TX Mar 25, 2016 $260,875
Research Physicist Milow, Ltd. Austin, TX Mar 25, 2013 $260,875
Research and Development Senior Physicist (R&D SP) 21St. Century Oncology Services, Inc. Madison, WI Jul 01, 2013 $144,000 -
$191,300
Staff Research Physicist The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Dec 05, 2011 $137,881
Research Physicist Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Jun 09, 2016 $137,301
Research Physicist Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Sep 16, 2016 $137,301
Research and Development Physicist Resonant Inc. Goleta, CA May 16, 2016 $133,058
Research Physicist Shell International Exploration & Production Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2011 $125,700
Research Physicist University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Nov 01, 2014 $121,000
Senior Research Physicist Tomotherapy Incorporated Madison, WI Apr 07, 2011 $119,797
Research/Development Staff-Physicist-Electron Microscopy Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Feb 04, 2016 $116,170
Research Physicist SRI International Menlo Park, CA Nov 27, 2013 $114,460
Research Physicist Accuray Incorporated Madison, WI Nov 01, 2011 $110,863
Staff Research Physicist The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Nov 01, 2014 $89,000
Research Staff Scientis/Physicist Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Oct 16, 2013 $88,899
Research Physicist Particle Beam Lasers, Inc. Port Jefferson, NY Jul 15, 2011 $88,885
Associate Research Physicist Step II University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Apr 15, 2015 $87,000
Research Physicist Milliken & Company Spartanburg, SC Sep 20, 2011 $86,000
Staff Research Physicist The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jan 06, 2016 $85,000
Senior Research Physicist Ferrotec (USA) Corporation Bedford, NH Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Physicist R&D Genesis Vision Inc. Rochester, NY Oct 01, 2011 $75,000
Research Physicist Entegra Corporation Gaithersburg, MD Nov 01, 2014 $75,000 -
$93,000
Research Physicist Massachusetts General Physician's Organization Boston, MA Apr 01, 2015 $75,000
Assistant Research Physicist University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Mar 01, 2015 $74,700
Associate Research Physicist The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $74,675
Associate Research Physicist The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jan 05, 2016 $74,675

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Top Skills for A Research Physicist

LaserDiodesLaboratoryAtomicPhysicsDataAnalysisLabPhotovoltaicDevicesFortranC++RFLabviewSemiconductorPhysicsTheoryNSFLidarNumericalSimulationsProjectManagementDataCollectionMonteCarloProperAlignmentYamahaVideoCamera

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Top Research Physicist Skills

  1. Laser Diodes
  2. Laboratory
  3. Atomic Physics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed a detailed radiometric analysis for the design and construction of Naval Research Laboratory infrared test range facility.
  • Developed a Python toolset for data analysis and visualization for a large fusion code M3D-K..
  • General Physics I laboratory instructor.
  • Write C++ and Root code to extract and analyze particle physics data Present weekly PowerPoint updates on research progress
  • Assess both radar system and shipboard combat systems performance in field test exercises and provide post analysis.

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