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Working As A Research Project Coordinator

  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $53,305

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Project Coordinator Do

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

Duties

Natural sciences managers typically do the following:

  • Work with top executives to develop goals and strategies for researchers and developers
  • Budget resources for projects and programs by determining staffing, training, and equipment needs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, technicians, and other staff members
  • Review staff members’ methodology and the accuracy of their research results
  • Ensure that laboratories are stocked with equipment and supplies
  • Monitor the progress of projects, review research performed, and draft operational reports
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff
  • Establish and follow administrative procedures, policies, and standards
  • Communicate project proposals, research findings, and the status of projects to clients and top management

Natural sciences managers direct scientific research activities and direct and coordinate product development projects and production activities. The duties of natural sciences managers vary with the field of science (for example, biology or chemistry) or the industry they work in. Research projects may be aimed at improving manufacturing processes, advancing basic scientific knowledge, or developing new products.

Some natural sciences managers are former scientists and, after becoming managers, may continue to conduct their own research as well as oversee the work of others. These managers are sometimes called working managers and usually have smaller staffs, allowing them to do research in addition to carrying out their administrative duties.

Managers who are responsible for larger staffs may not have time to contribute to research and may spend all their time performing administrative duties.

Laboratory managers need to ensure that laboratories are fully supplied so that scientists can run their tests and experiments. Some specialize in the management of laboratory animals.

During all stages of a project, natural sciences managers coordinate the activities of their unit with those of other units or organizations. They work with higher levels of management; with financial, production, and marketing specialists; and with suppliers of equipment and materials.

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How To Become A Research Project Coordinator

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. Natural sciences managers typically have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a related field, such as engineering. Some managers may find it helpful to have an advanced management degree—for example, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Education

Natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists; therefore, most have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a closely related field, such as engineering. Scientific and technical knowledge is essential for managers because they must be able to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed. 

Natural sciences managers who are interested in acquiring postsecondary education in management should be able to find master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in a natural science that incorporate business management courses. A relatively new type of degree, called the Professional Science Master’s (PSM), blends advanced training in a particular science field with business skills, such as communications and program management, and policy. Those interested in acquiring general management skills may pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Some natural sciences managers will have studied psychology or some other management-related field to enter this occupation.

Sciences managers must continually upgrade their knowledge because of the rapid growth of scientific developments.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. While employed as scientists, they typically are given more responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Eventually, they may lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects before being promoted to an administrative position.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not typically required to become a natural sciences manager, many relevant certifications are available. These certifications range from those related to specific scientific areas of study or practice, such as laboratory animal management, to general management topics, such as project management, and are useful to natural sciences managers regardless of the organization being managed.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, such as scientists, policymakers, and the public. Both written and oral communication are important.

Critical-thinking skills. Natural sciences managers must carefully evaluate the work of others. They must determine if their staff’s methods and results are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Natural sciences managers lead research teams and therefore need to work well with others in order to reach common goals. Managers routinely deal with conflict, which they must be able to turn into positive outcomes for their organization.

Leadership skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to organize, direct, and motivate others. They need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workers and create an environment in which the workers can succeed.

Problem-solving skills. Natural sciences managers use scientific observation and analysis to find solutions to complex technical questions.

Time-management skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to do multiple administrative, supervisory, and technical tasks while ensuring that projects remain on schedule.

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Average Length of Employment
Research Assistant 1.7 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Research Trainee 0.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 18.5%
Volunteer 7.2%
Researcher 4.0%
Consultant 2.8%
Tutor 2.3%
Teacher 2.1%
Top Employers After
Internship 11.6%
Researcher 5.6%
Consultant 5.4%
Volunteer 5.4%
Director 3.5%
Master 3.0%
Specialist 2.5%
Manager 2.4%

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Research Project Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

55.3%

Male

37.1%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

51.4%

Asian

19.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.3%

Chinese

12.4%

French

12.0%

Mandarin

8.8%

Hindi

5.3%

German

4.6%

Portuguese

3.5%

Cantonese

3.2%

Arabic

2.1%

Italian

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Korean

1.4%

Turkish

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Bengali

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Gujarati

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%
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Research Project Coordinator Education

Schools

Emory University

11.0%

New York University

7.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

6.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.5%

George Washington University

5.0%

George Mason University

5.0%

University of Washington

5.0%

University of California - San Diego

5.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.6%

Northwestern University

4.1%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

Cornell University

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.1%

Florida International University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

University of Arizona

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

10.8%

Psychology

10.4%

Biology

9.9%

Mechanical Engineering

7.6%

Public Health

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Nursing

4.6%

Chemistry

4.6%

Finance

4.5%

Environmental Science

4.3%

Sociology

3.7%

Counseling Psychology

3.6%

Political Science

3.6%

Marketing

3.3%

Economics

3.2%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.0%

Biomedical Engineering

3.0%

Computer Science

2.9%

Pharmacy

2.6%

Management

2.6%
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Degrees

Masters

39.8%

Bachelors

35.1%

Doctorate

12.6%

Other

8.8%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

1.2%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Research Project Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Scientist--Project Coordinator State of Ny--Helen Hayes Hospital West Haverstraw, NY Sep 27, 2009 $78,708
SR. R&D Design Project Coordinator Fresenius USA Manufacturing, Inc., A Fresenius Med Ogden, UT Jun 18, 2011 $68,848
Research Project Coordinator Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jul 09, 2010 $66,776
Research Project Coordinator Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 07, 2011 $66,504
Project Researcher Georgetown University Washington, DC Oct 02, 2011 $61,853
Research Project Coordinator University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Mar 04, 2016 $60,777
Research Project Coordinator University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Jan 01, 2014 $60,000
Research Project Coordinator University of Maryland Baltimore Baltimore, MD Jan 01, 2011 $60,000
Research Project Coordinator University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Apr 03, 2013 $55,224
Endangered Avian Research Project Coordinator Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Hanapepe, HI Jul 05, 2014 $54,283
Research Project Coordinator Baylor Research Institute Dallas, TX Dec 20, 2012 $53,219
Research Project Coordinator Baylor Research Institute Dallas, TX Jun 01, 2012 $53,040
Research Project Coordinator Northwestern University Chicago, IL Jan 04, 2016 $52,728
Endangered Avian Research Project Coordinator Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Hanapepe, HI Jul 05, 2011 $51,152
Research Analyst/Project Coordinator Heads Executive Consultancy LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 04, 2016 $50,086
Research Project Coordinator Syracuse University Washington, DC Jan 01, 2010 $49,999
Research Project Coordinator Northwestern University Chicago, IL Sep 28, 2012 $49,500
Research Project Coordinator University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Nov 01, 2016 $49,128
Asthma Project Researcher & Evaluator Puerto Rico Department of Health San Juan, PR May 11, 2010 $48,001 -
$23
Asthma Project Researcher & Evaluator Puerto Rico Department of Health San Juan, PR May 03, 2010 $48,001
Research Project Coordinator, Product Development Infectious Disease Research Institute Seattle, WA Nov 03, 2014 $47,029 -
$65,000
Senior Research Project Coordinator Emory University Atlanta, GA Feb 01, 2012 $44,125
Research Project Coordinator Emory University Decatur, GA Dec 01, 2011 $43,000
Research Project Coordinator Emory University Atlanta, GA Jul 01, 2012 $42,500
Research Project Coordinator Emory University Atlanta, GA Jul 01, 2012 $42,000
Research Project Coordinator Stevens & Lee, P.C. Philadelphia, PA Sep 20, 2010 $41,358 -
$51,358
Educational Project Researcher Seelio, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Sep 23, 2014 $40,800
Project Research Coordinator AIP New York Co., Ltd. New York, NY Nov 16, 2011 $40,008

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  1. Independent Research Project
  2. Compliance
  3. Data Entry
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  • Performed an independent research project on the smudge pit component of Fort Vancouver for course credit through Washington State University-Vancouver.
  • Monitor design and development (engineering) operations to ensure compliance to domestic and international design control regulations.
  • Performed randomization and eligibility checklist generation, data entry, queries, warnings and delinquencies resolutions.
  • Developed procedures for data management and data collection that assured accurate assessment of projects.
  • Searched various databases for supporting documentation, prepared and submitted documents, data and records according to department procedures and government regulations

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