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Become A Research Staff Member

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Working As A Research Staff Member

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

  • $111,360

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Staff Member Do At General Motors

* Develop next-generation technologies for vehicle aerodynamics, drag reduction and vehicle aerodynamic stability using passive or active airflow controls.
* Generate innovative ideas and explore new research areas for vehicle aerodynamics.
* Develop and execute specific research plans, including concept generation, development, implementation, and validation.
* Lead technical direction and provide technical expertise to GM aerodynamics engineers.
* Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge in optimum vehicle shapes for low aerodynamic drag and for improved vehicle stability.
* Communicate innovative ideas, plans, and results effectively with co-workers and engineering groups via presentations and written reports.
* Collaborate effectively with peers, management, operations groups, and outside organizations.
* Develop corporate contacts and represent GM effectively to the external technical community
* Must have a thorough understanding of fluid dynamics fundamentals and be able to develop research projects independently
* Familiarity with CFD and adjoint shape optimization tools and experience with wind tunnel test
* Qualifications

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How To Become A Research Staff Member

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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Real Research Staff Member Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Staff East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN Jan 04, 2016 $360,000
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation Austin, TX Jul 27, 2015 $168,180
Member of Research Staff (Internal Title: Software Engineer) Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 15, 2015 $165,000
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Jul 14, 2016 $165,000
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Jan 06, 2016 $157,976 -
$251,309
Staff Applied Researcher Linkedin Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 05, 2016 $156,500 -
$290,600
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jun 22, 2016 $155,152
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 25, 2016 $155,152
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY May 08, 2016 $155,000
Member of Research Staff (Research Computer Scientist) Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 29, 2016 $153,039
Member of Research Staff Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 23, 2016 $151,709
Member of Research Staff Typical Set, LLC Berkeley, CA Sep 13, 2016 $150,000
Member of Research Staff Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 28, 2016 $130,000
Staff Vulnerability Researcher Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Aug 28, 2016 $130,000
Staff Vulnerability Researcher Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 08, 2015 $130,000
Senior Member Research Staff Philips Electronics North America Corporation Cambridge, MA Jan 18, 2016 $130,000
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Aug 17, 2015 $129,355 -
$249,365
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Jul 15, 2015 $128,772
Principal Member Research Staff Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Cambridge, MA Apr 09, 2016 $128,577
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Livermore, CA Jan 09, 2016 $116,400
Member of Research Staff Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 30, 2015 $116,220
Member of Research Staff Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 30, 2015 $116,001
Member of Research Staff Fujitsu Laboratories of Amercia Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 28, 2015 $115,806
Member of Research Staff (Microsystem Medical Device Scientist) Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (Parc) Palo Alto, CA Oct 26, 2015 $115,350 -
$140,000
Research Staff Member IBM Corporation San Jose, CA May 13, 2015 $115,336 -
$253,850

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Top Skills for A Research Staff Member

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Top Research Staff Member Skills

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  • Designed the hardware that will control complex laser scan heads, motion control and safety systems for the laser laboratory.
  • Core physics calculations were performed using the core physics codes, MCNP4C, COMBINE and VENTURE.
  • Design and analysis of sensor network deployment algorithms.
  • Planned and executed [ ] research projects investigating pollution in Lake Tahoe and clogging of permeable pavements.
  • Communicated and coordinated content with coordinating producers, producers, research staff, digital media group and on-air personalities.

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