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Working As A Senior Associate Scientist

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

  • $96,410

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Associate Scientist Do

A Senior Associate Scientist supervises the work of associate scientists. They manage the design and implementation process of a research project, which includes analyzing information for that project.

How To Become A Senior Associate Scientist

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.


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 Senior Associate Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Associate/Scientist Abt Associates Inc. Arlington, VA Nov 19, 2012 $146,099
SR. Associate/Scientist I, Cell Line Development Biogen, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 22, 2016 $111,500 -
SR. Associate Scientist, Tech Development Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 15, 2014 $105,800
Senior Associate Scientist, Translational Research (Oncology) Janssen Research & Development, LLC Spring House, PA Nov 15, 2016 $102,461
Senior Associate Scientist Amgen Inc. South San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2014 $98,296
SR. Associate Scientist Amgen Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 21, 2016 $95,442
Senior Associate Scientist, Pharmacology Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA May 12, 2011 $93,732
Senior Associate Scientist, Dmpk Biogen, Inc. Cambridge, MA Feb 07, 2016 $92,476
SR. Associate Scientist Amgen Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 01, 2015 $92,000
SR. Associate Scientist Amgen Inc. South San Francisco, CA Nov 14, 2011 $91,000
SR. Associate Scientist Amgen Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jul 05, 2014 $90,000
Senior Associate Scientist Amgen Inc. West Greenwich, RI Aug 01, 2015 $89,198
Senior Associate Scientist Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 27, 2014 $88,704
Senior Associate Scientist Janssen Research & Development, LLC Spring House, PA Dec 15, 2016 $87,340
Senior Associate Scientist-Dmpk Astrazeneca Pharmaceutical LP Waltham, MA Sep 16, 2011 $77,000 -
Senior Associate Scientist-Electrophysiologist Pfizer Inc. Cambridge, MA Jul 01, 2013 $76,939 -
Senior Associate Scientist-Electrophysiologist Pfizer Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 07, 2013 $76,939 -
SR. Associate Scientist Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Mar 15, 2011 $76,709
SR. Associate Scientist Zoetis, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Oct 01, 2015 $76,426
Senior Associate Scientist Andro Computational Solutions, LLC Turin, NY Sep 05, 2014 $75,005
Senior Associate Scientist Pfizer Inc. Andover, MA Oct 01, 2015 $67,621 -
Senior Associate Scientist Pfizer Inc. Andover, MA Dec 20, 2013 $67,163 -
Senior Associate Scientist Pfizer Inc. Andover, MA Nov 01, 2013 $67,163 -
Senior Associate Scientist-Biochemist Pfizer Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 19, 2014 $67,163 -
Senior Associate Jc60 Biological Scientists Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Cambridge, MA Feb 18, 2015 $67,163
Senior Chemist/Associate Scientist Firmenich, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Sep 06, 2014 $67,000

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Top Senior Associate Scientist Skills

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Cell Lines
  3. Analytical Method Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated and maintained laboratory equipments or instruments necessary to support testing.
  • Maintained, propagated and prepared mammalian and amphibian cell lines.
  • Conducted analytical method development to identify intermediates, drug substance, and product.
  • Conduct protein extractions and purification using varieties of chromatographic techniques.
  • Collected, analyzed, and interpreted experimental data, and recorded procedures, observations, and results daily in electronic notebook.

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