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Working As A Senior Research Specialist

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $61,420

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Research Specialist Do At Ohio State University

* Conducts high quality and cutting-edge research in the field of early childhood education, health, and/or development.
* Formulates innovative research questions, develops research projects, regularly pursues external research funding, and publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed journals, both independently and in collaboration with others.
* Functions as a specialist in research and development in a field related to early childhood.
* Specific duties include: collecting data, analyzing data, and making decisions about research design; pursuing an innovative research agenda that aligns with the mission of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and securing external funding to support research endeavors; providing mentorship and support for colleagues and students at various stages of scientific growth; engaging in writing of scholarly reports for peer-reviewed outlets, internal/local outlets (e.g., white papers), and evaluation outlets; providing leadership on the conduct of collaborative research.
* The successful candidate will: be a critical thinker with a demonstrated ability to be an independent researcher, produce high-quality research outputs, be innovative and collaborative; have a history of successfully obtaining sponsored funding; maintain and manage multiple simultaneous research projects and associated deadlines; participate in the selection of key research personnel to work on project(s) undertaken; supervise and review the work of collaborating research staff and instruct on methods and procedures necessary to achieve desired goals and meet deadlines

What Does A Senior Research Specialist Do At Johns Hopkins University

* The maintenance of a mouse colony with an up-to-date inventory of mice, setting up appropriate crosses, tagging and genotyping mice, and harvesting of mouse tissues for experiments.
* The use of established molecular biology procedures and protocols to perform experiments, which will involve sample preparation, oligonucleotide design, standard PCR and QPCR, bisulfite conversion, pyrosequencing.
* The maintenance of a human eye tissue bank.
* The review of experiments and animal usage with other lab members to ensure efficient utilization of resources.
* Working together with a budget analyst to ensure that experiments meet budgetary restrictions and that grant reconciliations are performed in a timely manner.
* Managing the inventory and equipment for the lab, including updating and maintaining animal protocols, biosafety related documentation, knowledge of vendors and suppliers of materials specific to the laboratory, and monitoring equipment performance and maintenance schedules.
* Ensuring that junior members of the laboratory are appropriately trained

What Does A Senior Research Specialist Do At Johns Hopkins University

* Collaborates with the Principle Investigator to oversee scientific management of the research laboratory.
* Manage their own independent research projects in collaboration with the Principal Investigator.
* Leads multiple, concurrent projects and/or multi-faceted projects; directs others in making modifications.
* Analyzes and resolves variations in complex tests, experiments and procedures; designs and implements modifications and changes to techniques, procedures and quality control measures.
* Identifies and selects best options for scientific strategies and research development based on literature reviews and collaboration with colleagues.
* Adapts experimental design based upon interpretation of data and/or literature review, in collaboration with others.
* Incorporates new technologies into the laboratory.
* Evaluates options and make decisions regarding the purchase of new laboratory equipment.
* Collaborates in conception and design of research and in writing grants and proposals.
* Serves as primary presenter within department and/or at professional conferences.
* Co-authors/authors manuscripts and publications.
* Acts as a resource for laboratory techniques for post-doctoral fellow and students and junior technicians.
* Identifies problems and propose and implement plan for solutions

What Does A Senior Research Specialist Do At Johns Hopkins University

* Collaborate with the Principal Investigator to oversee scientific management of the research laboratory.
* Manages their own independent research projects in collaboration with the Principal Investigator
* Identify and select best options for scientific strategies and research development based on literature reviews and collaboration with colleagues
* Incorporate new technologies into the laboratory
* Develop and validation of assays
* Evaluate options and make decisions regarding the purchase of new laboratory equipment
* Contribute to writing of scientific publications and grant applications
* Act as a resource for laboratory techniques for post-doctoral fellow and students and junior technicians
* Identify problems and propose and implement plan for solutions
* Knowledge:
* Extracts scientific information from literature/lectures/seminars and translates into productive contributions to lab interests

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How To Become A Senior Research Specialist

Most market research analysts need at least a bachelor’s degree. Top research positions may require a master’s degree. Strong math and analytical skills are essential. 

Education

Market research analysts typically need a bachelor’s degree in market research or a related field. Many have degrees in fields such as statistics, math, and computer science. Others have backgrounds in business administration, the social sciences, or communications.

Courses in statistics, research methods, and marketing are essential for these workers. Courses in communications and social sciences, such as economics or consumer behavior, are also important.

Some market research analyst jobs require a master’s degree. Several schools offer graduate programs in marketing research, but many analysts complete degrees in other fields, such as statistics and marketing, and/or earn a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). A master’s degree is often required for leadership positions or positions that perform more technical research. 

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is voluntary, but analysts may pursue certification to demonstrate a level of professional competency. The Marketing Research Association offers the Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) for market research analysts. Candidates qualify based on experience and knowledge; they must pass an exam, be a member of a professional organization, and have at least 3 years working in opinion and marketing research. Individuals must complete 20 hours of industry-related continuing education courses every 2 years to renew their certification.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Market research analysts must be able to understand large amounts of data and information. 

Communication skills. Market research analysts need strong communication skills when gathering information, interpreting data, and presenting results to clients. 

Critical-thinking skills. To determine what marketing strategy would work best for a company, market research analysts must assess all available information.

Detail oriented. Market research analysts must be detail oriented because they often do precise data analysis.

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Senior Research Specialist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    50.2%
  • Male

    44.4%
  • Unknown

    5.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    72.4%
  • Asian

    14.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.3%
  • Unknown

    2.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    27.5%
  • French

    10.0%
  • Arabic

    10.0%
  • German

    7.5%
  • Portuguese

    5.0%
  • Chinese

    5.0%
  • Japanese

    5.0%
  • Persian

    5.0%
  • Mandarin

    5.0%
  • Italian

    5.0%
  • Vietnamese

    2.5%
  • Serbian

    2.5%
  • Amharic

    2.5%
  • Cantonese

    2.5%
  • Korean

    2.5%
  • Carrier

    2.5%
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Real Senior Research Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Jan 15, 2016 $132,364
Visiting Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2015 $130,000
SR. Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Apr 15, 2014 $130,000
SR. Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Jun 12, 2014 $130,000
SR. Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2014 $121,595
Senior Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Aug 20, 2015 $105,370 -
$135,093
Senior Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute, Inc. Cary, NC Jun 02, 2014 $105,370
Senior Operations Research Specialist Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Mar 06, 2015 $105,370 -
$135,093
Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Nov 16, 2016 $95,417
Vstg Senior Research Specialist In Public Health/Instructor University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Jul 16, 2015 $93,734
Senior Researcher-Literary Specialist American Institutes for Research Washington, DC Feb 16, 2015 $90,875 -
$95,489
Senior Research Specialist World Vision Inc. Washington, DC Aug 28, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Visiting Senior Research Specialist In Public Heal University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Mar 16, 2014 $85,000
Senior Research Specialist I The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jul 02, 2013 $68,391
Senior Operations Research Specialist BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth, TX Sep 02, 2014 $66,800 -
$111,300
Senior Operations Research Specialist BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth, TX Jan 08, 2015 $66,800 -
$111,300
Senior Operations Research Specialist BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth, TX Dec 24, 2014 $66,800 -
$111,300
Senior Research Specialist West Virginia University Morgantown, WV Oct 01, 2015 $65,761
Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL May 16, 2015 $65,520
Senior Research Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Jun 01, 2015 $65,520
SR. Research Specialist Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Feb 01, 2014 $54,450
Senior Research Specialist The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jun 01, 2015 $53,000
SR. Research Specialist Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jun 15, 2014 $52,624
Senior Research Specialist The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jan 05, 2016 $52,020
Senior Research Specialist The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN May 01, 2016 $52,020
Senior Research Specialist J.D. Power and Associates Westlake Village, CA Apr 28, 2014 $52,000 -
$60,000
Senior Research Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Dec 11, 2015 $51,005

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Top Skills for A Senior Research Specialist

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Top Senior Research Specialist Skills

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  2. Procedures
  3. Cell Culture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed agricultural client service for lab personnel and field personnel.
  • Performed quality control checks of technical procedures and documentation.
  • Supervised technicians in the proper techniques of cell culture and general laboratory procedures.
  • Managed coordination and implementation of multiple research projects within the research unit, including budgetary responsibilities.
  • Inspect facilities, machinery, and equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety environmental regulation compliance.

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