Research Scientist Job Openings - 62 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    NEW
    Information Security Data Scientist
    Verizon Communications

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    Information Security Data Scientist
    Verizon

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    Data Scientist - Marketing Cloud
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    Data Scientist - Marketing Cloud
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    Sales Analyst Data 4
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

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    Confocal Research Technician - FlyLight
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    Cloud Supply Chain Data Scientist
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

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    Research Technician - GENIE
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,000

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    Research Specialist - Light Microscopy
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

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    Research Technician Fly Optogenetics, Behavior and Anatomy
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    Cloud DATA SCIENTIST - Big Data Platform Team - West Region
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    Principal Data Data EMR
    Anthem

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,000

    Cloud DATA SCIENTIST - Big Data Platform Team - Central Region
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

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    Research Technician (Temp-to-Hire), Annotator, Mouse Light
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $50,000

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    Research Technician (Temp-to-Hire), Connectome Annotator (Multiple Openings)
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $89,040

    Director HealthCore Research, Safety and Epidemiology (Remote option) #139508
    Anthem

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,000

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    Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Associate-Imaging, Mouse Light
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,000

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    Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Associate-Computer Vision, MouseLight
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $97,055

    Customer Engagement Specialist, UX Research
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $19,250

    Waiter Waitress Farm
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $24,060

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    Grill Cook - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $58,560

    Custodial Services Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $36,630

    General Utility Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $36,630

    General Utility Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $19,250

    Waiter Waitress Farm
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $36,630

    General Utility Lead Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $36,630

    General Utility Lead Worker - Janelia Farm Research Campus
    Aramark

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $67,500

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    Temp-to-hire Research Technician, Project Technical Resources
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

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    Research Scientist
    HJF

    Frederick, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

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    Transportation Research
    Intelligent Automation Inc.

    Rockville, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

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    Research Scientist
    HJF

    Rockville, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,693

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    Applied Research Scientist (Deep Learning on Medical Imaging for Clinical Informatics)
    Nvidia Corporation

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

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    Software Defined Radio
    Vencore

    Springfield, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

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    Computational Biology
    HJF

    Frederick, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

    BioTelemetry, Inc. Research - Cardiovascular Research Scientist
    Biotelemetry, Inc.

    Rockville, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

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    Spectral Research Scientist
    Leidos

    Springfield, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

    NEW
    Transportation Research
    Intelligent Automation Inc.

    Rockville, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

    NEW
    BioTelemetry, Inc. Research - Cardiovascular Research Scientist
    Biotelemetry, Inc.

    Rockville, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

    Research Scientist 5
    Northrop Grumman

    McLean, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,500

    Research Scientist
    CNA

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

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    Research Scientist
    Booz Allen

    Alexandria, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $76,418

    Research Scientist - AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research
    NORC

    Bethesda, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

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    Spectral Research Scientist
    Leidos Holdings

    Springfield, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

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    Scientist II- Toxin Vaccine Research
    General Dynamics Information Technology

    Frederick, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,693

    Managing Research Scientist, Talent Assessment
    Corporate Executive Board

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,693

    Research Scientist
    George Washington University

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,500

    Embedded Systems Research Scientist
    Bae Systems

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

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    Motion Imagery Research Scientist, Senior
    Booz Allen

    Springfield, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

    NEW
    Scientist II- Immunology Research
    General Dynamics Information Technology

    Frederick, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,500

    Machine Learning Research Scientist
    Bae Systems

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

    Research Scientist
    Booz Allen Hamilton

    Alexandria, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

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    Research Scientist 5
    Northrop Grumman

    McLean, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

    Research Scientist 5

    McLean, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

    Research Scientist (Psychology)
    Leidos

    Reston, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $70,000

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    Spectral Research Scientist
    Leidos

    Reston, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,693

    Lead Research Scientist
    George Washington University

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,693

    Research Scientist
    George Washington University

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,693

    Research Scientist, NGS Core
    George Washington University

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,693

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    Research Scientist, Bioinformatics
    George Washington University

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $80,000

    NEW
    Scientist I- Toxin Vaccine Research
    General Dynamics Information Technology

    Frederick, MD

Research Scientist Jobs

average

$59,500

  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

What does a Research Scientist do

Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, science, medicine, and other fields.

Duties

Computer and information research scientists typically do the following:

  • Explore fundamental issues in computing and develop theories and models to address those issues
  • Help scientists and engineers solve complex computing problems
  • Invent new computing languages, tools, and methods to improve the way in which people work with computers
  • Develop and improve the software systems that form the basis of the modern computing experience
  • Design experiments to test the operation of these software systems 
  • Analyze the results of their experiments
  • Publish their findings in academic journals and present their findings at conferences

Computer and information research scientists create and improve computer software and hardware.

Creating and improving software involves working with algorithms, which are sets of instructions that tell a computer what to do. Some computer tasks are very difficult and require complex algorithms. Computer and information research scientists try to simplify these algorithms to make computer systems as efficient as possible. The algorithms allow advancements in many types of technology, such as machine learning systems and cloud computing.

Computer and information research scientists design new computer architecture that improves the performance and efficiency of computer hardware. Their work often leads to technological advancements and efficiencies, such as better networking technology, faster computing speeds, and improved information security. In general, computer and information research scientists work at a more theoretical level than do other computer professionals.  

Many people with a computer and information research science background become postsecondary teachers. In general, researchers in an academic setting focus on computer theory, although those working for businesses or scientific organizations usually focus on projects that may produce profits.

Some computer scientists work with electrical engineers, computer hardware engineers, and other specialists on multidisciplinary projects. The following are examples of types of specialties for computer and information research scientists:

Data mining. Computer and information research scientists write algorithms that are used to detect and analyze patterns in very large datasets. They improve ways to sort, manage, and display data. Computer scientists build algorithms into software packages that make the data easier for analysts to use. For example, they may create an algorithm to analyze a very large set of medical data in order to find new ways to treat diseases. They may also look for patterns in traffic data to help clear accidents faster.

Robotics. Some computer and information research scientists study how to improve robots. Robotics explores how a machine can interact with the physical world. Computer and information research scientists create the programs that control the robots. They work closely with engineers who focus on the hardware design of robots. Together, these workers test how well the robots do the tasks they were created to do, such as assemble cars and collect data on other planets.

Programming. Computer and information research scientists design new programming languages that are used to write software. The new languages make software writing more efficient by improving an existing language, such as Java, or by making a specific aspect of programming, such as image processing, easier.

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how to become a Research Scientist

Most jobs for computer and information research scientists require a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field. In the federal government, a bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some jobs.

Education

Most computer and information research scientists need a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field, such as computer engineering. A Ph.D. usually requires 4 to 5 years of study after earning a bachelor’s degree, typically in a computer-related field, such as computer science or information systems. During their first 2 years in a Ph.D. program, students take a variety of computer science classes. They then choose a specialty and spend the remaining years in the program doing research within that specialty.

Computer scientists who work in a specialized field may need knowledge of that field. For example, those working on biomedical applications may have to take some biology classes.

Advancement

Some computer scientists may become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer and information research scientists must be organized in their thinking and analyze the results of their research to formulate conclusions.

Communication skills. Computer and information research scientists must communicate well with programmers and managers and be able to clearly explain their conclusions to people with no technical background. They often present their research at conferences.

Critical-thinking skills. Computer and information research scientists work on many complex problems.

Detail oriented. Computer and information research scientists must pay close attention to their work, because a small programming error can cause an entire project to fail.

Ingenuity. Computer and information research scientists must continually come up with innovative ways to solve problems, particularly when their ideas do not initially work as intended.

Logical thinking. Computer algorithms rely on logic. Computer and information research scientists must have a talent for reasoning.

Math skills. Computer and information research scientists must have knowledge of advanced math and other technical topics that are critical in computing.

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Real Research Scientist Salaries

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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Scientist/Member of The Technical Team D. E. Shaw Research, LLC New York, NY Apr 22, 2015 $276,000
Research Scientist Recruit Institute of Technology, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 09, 2016 $250,000
Research Scientist Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 11, 2015 $212,199
Research Scientist Facebook, Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 26, 2015 $210,000
Research Scientist Facebook, Inc. New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $210,000 -
$230,000
Research Scientist Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 28, 2015 $210,000
Research Scientist Facebook, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $210,000
Research Scientist IV Rochester General Hospital Rochester, NY Jan 12, 2016 $206,000
Research Scientist Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jul 01, 2015 $201,988
Research Scientist The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Seattle, WA Feb 15, 2015 $200,000

Top Skills for a Research Scientist

Know what it takes to get the job done

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Top Research Scientist Skills

We found these three skills more than any other for research scientist jobs are:
  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Cell Lines
  3. Analytical Methods
It turns out that the skill with the lowest overall demand for research scientist jobs is NMR.

FDA, Method Development, Laboratory Equipment, Product Development, Safety, Analytical Methods, GLP, Rt-Pcr, Synthesis, Hplc, Protein Purification, Cell Lines, Procedures, DNA, R, Data Analysis, Chemistry, Research Projects, NMR, Clinical Trials

Top Research Scientist Employers

Find the best employers to advance your career

Top 10 Research Scientist Employers

You can find a job as a Research Scientist with over 10 different companies. The company with the highest employment for a Research Scientist is University of Texas.

Other companies that have high employment for Research Scientist jobs are:
  1. University of Washington
  2. Bristol-Myers Squibb
  3. Md Anderson Cancer Center
  4. Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

University of Texas, University of Washington, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Md Anderson Cancer Center, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Virginia Tech, Pfizer, Battelle Memorial Institute, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, University of Colorado

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