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Working As A Staff Associate Of Research

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

  • $56,698

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Associate Of Research 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 Staff Associate Of Research

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
Research Scientist 3.8 years
Research Manager 3.2 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Fellow 2.3 years
Research Trainee 0.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.2%
Researcher 4.6%
Fellow 3.7%
Volunteer 3.3%
Scientist 2.8%
Top Employers After
Scientist 7.2%
Fellow 6.5%
Consultant 5.2%
Internship 2.7%
Director 2.2%

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Staff Associate Of Research Demographics

Gender

Female

50.7%

Male

42.2%

Unknown

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

40.0%

Asian

27.6%

Hispanic or Latino

20.0%

Black or African American

7.0%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.6%

French

11.2%

Chinese

10.2%

Mandarin

6.1%

German

5.1%

Japanese

5.1%

Vietnamese

4.1%

Hindi

4.1%

Korean

4.1%

Russian

4.1%

Cantonese

4.1%

Italian

2.0%

Telugu

1.0%

Romanian

1.0%

Igbo

1.0%

Lithuanian

1.0%

Marathi

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Malayalam

1.0%

Hausa

1.0%
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Staff Associate Of Research Education

Schools

University of California - Davis

14.9%

University of California - San Diego

14.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

14.1%

University of California - Berkeley

10.8%

University of California - Irvine

6.0%

San Diego State University

5.6%

San Francisco State University

4.4%

University of Southern California

3.6%

Yale University

2.8%

University of California - Santa Cruz

2.4%

California State University - Los Angeles

2.4%

National University

2.4%

University of Phoenix

2.4%

San Jose State University

2.0%

University of California - San Francisco

2.0%

Johns Hopkins University

2.0%

Stanford University

2.0%

University of California - Santa Barbara

2.0%

University of California - Riverside

2.0%

Northeastern University

2.0%
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Majors

Biology

21.2%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

13.4%

Chemistry

7.3%

Microbiology

5.1%

Nursing

4.6%

Biomedical Engineering

4.3%

Public Health

3.8%

Business

3.8%

Psychology

3.8%

Medicine

3.8%

Neuroscience

3.8%

Physiology And Anatomy

3.5%

Pharmacy

3.5%

Genetics

3.2%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.7%

Geology

2.7%

Biotechnology

2.7%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.4%

Zoology

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

32.9%

Bachelors

27.7%

Doctorate

21.5%

Other

11.7%

Certificate

3.4%

Associate

2.1%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Staff Associate Of Research Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Scientific Research Staff Children's Hospital Pediatric Associates Boston, MA Jan 07, 2016 $150,000
Associate Scientific Research Staff Children's Hospital Pediatric Associates Boston, MA Jan 04, 2016 $110,000
R&D Staff-Power Electronics Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Jun 16, 2016 $102,000
Instructional Research Staff University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Jun 15, 2015 $100,800
Staff Research Associate University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Mar 28, 2016 $100,000
Staff Research Associate Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Aug 03, 2015 $99,600
R&D Staff-ADV Insulation and Systems Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Aug 25, 2015 $98,313
Staff Research Associate University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $91,500
Staff Research Associate University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 06, 2016 $85,728
Staff Research Associate University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jun 01, 2016 $85,728
Staff Research Associate/Chemist Siluria Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2015 $83,800
Staff Research Associate/Chemist Siluria Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2015 $82,000
Staff Research Associate III University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2015 $60,864
Staff Research Associate III University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA Oct 17, 2016 $60,252
Staff Research Associate University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 04, 2016 $60,252
Staff Research Associate III University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA Jan 25, 2016 $60,252
Staff Research Associate University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Feb 28, 2016 $60,000
Staff Research Associate III University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA Jan 02, 2016 $52,476
Staff Research Associate III University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA Mar 16, 2016 $52,476
Staff Research Associate III University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA May 09, 2016 $52,476
Staff Research Associate III University of California, San Diego Cincinnati, OH Jan 02, 2016 $52,446
Staff Research Associate Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at H-UCLA Torrance, CA Dec 21, 2015 $52,010
Staff Research Associate III University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA Nov 01, 2015 $51,948
Staff Research Associate University of California, Davis Davis, CA Sep 01, 2015 $51,925
Staff Research Associate University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Jan 11, 2015 $51,444

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  1. Cell Culture
  2. Lab Supplies
  3. Laboratory Equipment
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  • Coordinated MCP200L, a graduate level laboratory course in cell culture techniques and experimental design.
  • Interacted with sales people, which resulted in obtaining deals for lab supplies.
  • Designed, fabricated, procured and maintained field and laboratory equipment.
  • Designed DNA quality control procedures using genetic markers.
  • Provided consultation across studies conducted nationally and internationally on current, state-of-the art psychiatric instrumentation, and enrollment activities.

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