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Become A Senior Research Associate

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Working As A Senior Research Associate

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

  • $59,933

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Research Associate Do

A Senior Research Associate works closely with research team members to implement research ideas. They diagnose, solve system/software problems, and install application software according to research needs.

How To Become A Senior Research Associate

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 Senior Research Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Research Associate Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX May 16, 2016 $300,000
Senior Quantiative Research Associate Ajo LP Boston, MA Nov 19, 2015 $275,000 -
$375,000
Executive Vice President, Senior Research Associate Willis Re, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Apr 10, 2016 $184,775
Senior Research Associate Cornell University Ithaca, NY Jul 01, 2015 $160,063
VP, Senior Research Associate Alliancebernstein L.P. New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $160,000 -
$180,000
Senior Financial Operations Research Associate Earnest Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 11, 2016 $158,974
Senior Quantitative Research Associate Ajo Boston, MA May 22, 2015 $150,000 -
$350,000
Senior Immunology Research Associate Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy San Francisco, CA Jul 20, 2016 $150,000
Senior Immunology Research Associate Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy San Francisco, CA Oct 17, 2016 $150,000
Assistant Vice President, Senior Research Associate Alliancebernstein L.P. New York, NY Oct 14, 2015 $140,000 -
$150,000
Senior Research Associate The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Mar 15, 2015 $140,000
Senior Research Associate Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Johnston, IA Sep 04, 2015 $77,952
Senior Research Associate The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Saint Louis, MO Aug 01, 2015 $77,800
SR. Research Associate University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Jan 01, 2016 $77,510
Senior Research Associate Vera Institute of Justice, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $77,265
Senior Research Associate II, Analytical Development Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 09, 2015 $76,865 -
$85,539
Senior Bioinformatics Research Associate E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company Wilmington, DE Apr 21, 2016 $76,606 -
$96,980
Senior Research Associate Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 04, 2015 $76,500
SR. Research Associate University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Dec 28, 2015 $75,990
Senior Research Associate The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $65,499
Senior Research Associate Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL Jan 01, 2016 $65,219
Senior Research Associate University of Colorado Aurora, CO Sep 01, 2015 $65,147
Senior Research Associate Population Action International Washington, DC Feb 16, 2015 $65,000
Senior Research Associate The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Jan 02, 2016 $65,000
Senior Research Associate Carnegie Institution of Washington Stanford, CA Jan 12, 2015 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Research Associate

CellLinesLaboratoryEquipmentLabProceduresProteinExpressionAnalyticalMethodsMethodDevelopmentElisaHplcSafetyDNADataAnalysisClinicalTrialsDiseaseResearchProjectsChemistryRt-PcrDataCollectionRCellCulture

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Top Senior Research Associate Skills

  1. Cell Lines
  2. Laboratory Equipment
  3. Lab
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Identified neuronal cell lines expressing native target receptor suitable for understanding mechanism of action.
  • Identified laboratory equipment and supplies to be purchased and assisted Principal Investigator with lab budget and allocation decisions.
  • Collaborated on survey design, coordinated development of survey instruments, analyzed survey results, and prepared summary reports.
  • Developed project management tools and standard operating procedures to manage animal studies.
  • Utilized computer controlled feeding strategies optimizing heterologous protein expression, biomass production, promoter function and induction.

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