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Working As A Senior Scientist, Product Development

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

  • $95,159

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What Does A Senior Scientist, Product Development Do

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Duties

Medical scientists typically do the following:

  • Design and conduct studies that investigate both human diseases and methods to prevent and treat them
  • Prepare and analyze medical samples and data to investigate causes and treatment of toxicity, pathogens, or chronic diseases
  • Standardize drug potency, doses, and methods to allow for the mass manufacturing and distribution of drugs and medicinal compounds
  • Create and test medical devices
  • Develop programs that improve health outcomes, in partnership with health departments, industry personnel, and physicians
  • Write research grant proposals and apply for funding from government agencies and private funding sources
  • Follow procedures to avoid contamination and maintain safety

Many medical scientists form hypotheses and develop experiments, with little supervision. They often lead teams of technicians, and sometimes students, who perform support tasks. For example, a medical scientist working in a university laboratory may have undergraduate assistants take measurements and make observations for the scientist’s research.

Medical scientists study the causes of diseases and other health problems. For example, a medical scientist who does cancer research might put together a combination of drugs that could slow the cancer’s progress. A clinical trial may be done to test the drugs. A medical scientist may work with licensed physicians to test the new combination on patients who are willing to participate in the study.

In a clinical trial, patients agree to help determine if a particular drug, a combination of drugs, or some other medical intervention works. Without knowing which group they are in, patients in a drug-related clinical trial receive either the trial drug or a placebo—a pill or injection that looks like the trial drug but does not actually contain the drug.

Medical scientists analyze the data from all the patients in the clinical trial, to see how the trial drug performed. They compare the results with those obtained from the control group that took the placebo, and they analyze the attributes of the participants. After they complete their analysis, medical scientists may write about and publish their findings.

Medical scientists do research both to develop new treatments and to try to prevent health problems. For example, they may study the link between smoking and lung cancer or between diet and diabetes.

Medical scientists who work in private industry usually have to research the topics that benefit their company the most, rather than investigate their own interests. Although they may not have the pressure of writing grant proposals to get money for their research, they may have to explain their research plans to nonscientist managers or executives.

Medical scientists usually specialize in an area of research. The following are examples of types of medical scientists:

Cancer researchers research the causes of cancers, as well as ways to prevent and cure cancers. They may specialize in one or more types of cancer.

Clinical and medical informaticians develop new ways to use large datasets. They look for explanations of health outcomes through the statistical analysis of data.

Clinical pharmacologists research, develop, and test current and new drugs. They investigate the full effects that drugs have on human health. Their interests may range from understanding specific molecules to the effects that drugs have on large populations.

Gerontologists study the changes that people go through as they get older. Medical scientists who specialize in this field seek to understand the biology of aging and investigate ways to improve the quality of our later years. 

Immunochemists investigate the reactions and effects that various chemicals and drugs have on the human immune system.

Neuroscientists study the brain and nervous system.

Research histologists have a specific skill set that is used to study human tissue. They investigate how tissue grows, heals, and dies, and may investigate grafting techniques that can help people who have experienced serious injury.  

Serologists research fluids found in the human body, such as blood and saliva. Applied serologists often work in forensic science. For more information on forensic science, see the profile on forensic science technicians.

Toxicologists research the harmful effects of drugs, household chemicals, and other potentially poisonous substances. They seek to ensure the safety of drugs, radiation, and other treatments by investigating safe dosage limits.

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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.

Education

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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Average Length of Employment
Senior Scientist 4.9 years
Lead Scientist 3.6 years
Scientist 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Senior Scientist, Product Development
Scientist 8.6%
Fellow 4.3%
Internship 3.1%
Consultant 3.1%
Top Careers After Senior Scientist, Product Development
Scientist 6.8%
Manager 4.9%

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Senior Scientist, Product Development Demographics

Gender

Male

60.9%

Female

31.9%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

48.4%

Asian

29.2%

Black or African American

9.1%

Hispanic or Latino

7.8%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Portuguese

14.3%

Ukrainian

14.3%

French

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

Russian

14.3%
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Senior Scientist, Product Development Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.5%

Thomas Jefferson University

8.5%

Lehigh University

6.4%

Wayne State University

6.4%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

Stanford University

4.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.3%

North Dakota State University -

4.3%

University of the Sciences

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

University of Notre Dame

4.3%

Cornell University

4.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Georgia

4.3%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.3%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%
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Majors

Chemistry

27.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

10.7%

Biology

8.0%

Microbiology

7.1%

Pharmacy

7.1%

Food Science

6.3%

Business

4.5%

Chemical Engineering

4.5%

Clinical Psychology

2.7%

Biotechnology

2.7%

Project Management

2.7%

Systems Engineering

1.8%

Genetics

1.8%

Management Science

1.8%

Culinary Arts

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Plastics Engineering

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Chemical Technology

1.8%
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Degrees

Doctorate

39.6%

Masters

29.1%

Bachelors

17.9%

Other

9.0%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

2.2%
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Real Senior Scientist, Product Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Product Development Scientist-Sealants and Adhesives Henkel Corporation Mentor, OH Nov 18, 2016 $120,827
Senior Product Development Scientist Henkel Corporation Mentor, OH Apr 09, 2016 $100,500 -
$120,000
Senior Food Scientist/Product Development Pepsico, Inc. Valhalla, NY Oct 01, 2011 $98,880
SR. Product Development Scientist Mars Chocolate North America, LLC Hackettstown, NJ Aug 15, 2016 $94,859
Senior Product Development Scientist 3M Company Saint Paul, MN Aug 03, 2015 $94,501
Senior Product Development Scientist Mead Johnson & Company, LLC Evansville, IN Feb 11, 2010 $89,964
Senior Product Development Scientist Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Company Piscataway, NJ Apr 30, 2013 $87,929
Senior Product Development Scientist Ohm Laboratories, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Jun 06, 2016 $87,500
SR. Product Development Scientist Mead Johnson & Company, LLC Evansville, IN Dec 10, 2015 $85,000 -
$113,000
Senior Product Development Scientist Mead Johnson & Company, LLC Evansville, IN Oct 01, 2011 $84,211
Senior Product Development Scientist Mead Johnson & Company, LLC Evansville, IN Feb 12, 2010 $82,265
Senior Product Development Scientist Colorcon, Inc. Harleysville, PA Aug 03, 2014 $80,725
Senior Product Development Scientist Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Company Piscataway, NJ Apr 30, 2012 $80,546
Senior Product Development Scientist Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Company Piscataway, NJ Apr 30, 2011 $80,546
Senior Product Development Scientist Mead Johnson & Company, LLC Evansville, IN Feb 11, 2010 $79,063
Senior Product Development Scientist Mead Johnson & Company LLC Evansville, IN Sep 14, 2013 $75,000
Senior Scientist, Product & Process Development Nycomed Us Inc. Melville, NY Sep 27, 2010 $74,381 -
$84,832
Senior Product Development Scientist Biodiscovery, LLC Ann Arbor, MI Sep 15, 2015 $74,000
Senior Scientist-Product Development Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. Cranbury, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $70,000
Senior Product Development Scientist Mead Johnson & Company, LLC Evansville, IN Aug 24, 2015 $67,995 -
$113,200
Senior Scientist, Topical Product Development Glaxosmithkline LLC Collegeville, PA May 12, 2016 $62,000 -
$112,000
Senior Product Development Scientist Universal Nutrients LLC Fort Worth, TX Aug 01, 2014 $62,000 -
$74,000

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  1. New Product Development
  2. Methods
  3. Method Validation
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  • Traveled to work closely with marketing and cross-cultural, in-country teams on new product development, launch, and commercialization.
  • Developed cleaning validation methods for production line.
  • Prepare Analytical Method Validation Protocols to be followed during method validations.
  • Reviewed product labeling and assisted in technical review for product registrations followed by FDA DSHEA regulation.
  • Developed a drinking water purification media based on rare earth oxide material which out performs current market technologies for arsenic removal.

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