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Working As A Senior Research 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

  • $64,314

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Research 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 Senior Research 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
Study Coordinator 2.7 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Research Trainee 0.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.6%
Researcher 2.4%
Tutor 2.0%
Consultant 2.0%
Top Employers After
Internship 4.9%
Evaluator 3.5%
Volunteer 3.5%
Manager 3.5%
Fellow 3.5%

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Senior Research Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

65.7%

Male

29.5%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

54.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

11.7%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.1%

Amharic

7.4%

Mandarin

7.4%

Chinese

3.7%

Turkish

3.7%

German

3.7%

French

3.7%

Greek

3.7%

Dutch

3.7%

Polish

3.7%

Korean

3.7%

Cantonese

3.7%

Italian

3.7%
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Senior Research Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Pennsylvania

10.4%

Johns Hopkins University

10.4%

University of Houston

10.4%

Drexel University

7.8%

Tulane University

5.2%

George Mason University

5.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

University of Texas Medical Branch

3.9%

Duke University

3.9%

Georgetown University

2.6%

Merrimack College

2.6%

Albany State University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

11.8%

Nursing

11.8%

Biology

9.7%

Psychology

9.1%

Public Health

8.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.4%

Chemistry

5.4%

Health Care Administration

5.4%

Social Work

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.8%

Clinical Psychology

3.2%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.7%

Medicine

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Geography

2.7%

Statistics

2.2%

Environmental Science

2.2%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.6%

Microbiology

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

38.8%

Bachelors

31.7%

Doctorate

12.6%

Other

10.7%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Senior Research Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Staff Malware Researcher Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 03, 2016 $150,370 -
$160,370
Senior Staff Researcher Futurewei Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 07, 2009 $140,000
SR. Staff Researcher Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 04, 2014 $121,800 -
$194,900
SR. Staff Researcher Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Apr 07, 2014 $121,800 -
$194,900
Senior Staff Malware Researcher Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA May 02, 2014 $121,800 -
$194,900
Senior Research Coordinator Pratt Institute New York, NY Sep 17, 2010 $104,350
Instructor and Senior Researcher University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Jan 01, 2016 $102,722
Senior Research Data Coordinator Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Mar 10, 2014 $97,710
Senior Computational Neuroscience Research Enginee Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2012 $96,283 -
$100,420
Senior Computational Neuroscience Research Enginee Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2012 $96,283 -
$100,420
Senior Research Coordinator Neurobehavioral Research Inc. Cedarhurst, NY Oct 15, 2010 $92,186
Senior Research Data Coordinator Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Apr 08, 2013 $92,100
Senior Research Data Coordinator Abbott Laboratories Parkersburg, IL Oct 16, 2011 $92,100
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher LSU Health Sciences Center/New Orleans New Orleans, LA Jan 11, 2015 $62,500
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher LSU Health Sciences Center/New Orleans New Orleans, LA Nov 01, 2015 $62,500
SR. Research Program Coordinator II The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Dec 01, 2014 $56,830
SR. Research Program Coordinator II Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Aug 05, 2013 $56,391
Senior Research Coordinator New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Feb 10, 2013 $56,160
Senior Research Coordinator New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Oct 02, 2013 $56,160
SR. Research Program Coordinator II The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jun 14, 2010 $56,000
SR. Research Program Coordinator II Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jun 01, 2014 $51,500
SR. Research Program Coordinator Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD May 13, 2013 $51,355
SR. Research Program Coordinator Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD May 20, 2013 $51,355
SR. Research Program Coordinator II Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jan 01, 2015 $50,750
Senior Research Program Coordinator The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Mar 15, 2015 $50,297
SR. Research Program Coordinator II Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Aug 23, 2013 $50,000

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  1. Protocols
  2. IRB
  3. Clinical Trials
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  • Promoted to increasingly senior roles within the research organization for industry-sponsored studies with up to 10 different oncology protocols.
  • Performed insightful data analyses and adequately managed IRB protocol.
  • Coordinated multiple clinical trials and academic studies.
  • Organized investigator and coordinator meetings and initiated site start-up procedures; provided protocol training and study materials for 80 national sites.
  • Completed case report forms and regulatory documents.

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