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Become A Staff Scientist

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Working As A Staff Scientist

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

  • $71,451

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Scientist Do

The primary role of a Staff Scientist is to develop and manage scientific research projects with minimal supervision. They are also responsible for the technical and budgetary aspects of scientific research projects.

How To Become A Staff Scientist

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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Staff Scientist Career Paths

Staff Scientist
Group Leader Project Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Research Coordinator Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Adjunct Professor Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Physician Assistant Clinical Researcher
Clinical Study Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Laboratory Manager Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trial Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Nurse Practitioner Clinical Assistant
Clinical Trials Specialist
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Chemist Senior Scientist Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Adjunct Faculty Clinical Manager
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Operations Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Information Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Controller Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Scientist Principal Scientist Associate Director
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Scientist Associate Director Program Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Scientist Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Group Leader Production Supervisor Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Operations Director Management Consultant
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Chemist Scientist Research Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
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Staff Scientist Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    59.9%
  • Female

    29.8%
  • Unknown

    10.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    67.9%
  • Asian

    22.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.6%
  • Unknown

    2.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    24.1%
  • Chinese

    14.8%
  • French

    13.0%
  • German

    10.2%
  • Russian

    7.4%
  • Japanese

    6.5%
  • Mandarin

    4.6%
  • Carrier

    3.7%
  • Korean

    2.8%
  • Italian

    2.8%
  • Cantonese

    1.9%
  • Sami

    0.9%
  • Vietnamese

    0.9%
  • Romanian

    0.9%
  • Hindi

    0.9%
  • Bulgarian

    0.9%
  • Welsh

    0.9%
  • Greek

    0.9%
  • Tagalog

    0.9%
  • Portuguese

    0.9%
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Real Staff Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Scientist Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA May 28, 2016 $165,006 -
$237,000
Geological Staff Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Apr 01, 2016 $162,000
Instructor/Staff Scientist I Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, MA Aug 01, 2015 $150,000
Physicist Staff Scientist/Engineer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Jan 02, 2015 $140,400
Staff Scientist SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Feb 02, 2015 $140,000
Staff Scientist Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Jan 10, 2016 $137,857
Physicist Staff Scientist Engineer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Jan 10, 2016 $137,508
Staff Scientist Sas Institute Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 07, 2016 $135,000 -
$152,000
Staff Scientist Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Apr 15, 2016 $131,596
Staff Scientist National Institutes of Health, HHS Phoenix, AZ May 15, 2016 $130,000
Staff Scientist Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Aug 13, 2015 $129,000
Staff Scientist National Institutes of Health, HHS Bethesda, MD Jan 02, 2016 $127,000
Staff Scientist Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Mar 09, 2016 $126,998
Staff Scientist National Institutes of Health, HHS Bethesda, MD Feb 26, 2015 $90,822
Staff Scientist The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology Philadelphia, PA Aug 29, 2016 $90,000
Staff Scientist National Institutes of Health, HHS Hamilton, MT May 29, 2016 $90,000
Staff Scientist, Biology Takeda California, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 25, 2015 $90,000 -
$111,000
Electron Microscopy Staff Scientist Purdue University KS Jan 15, 2015 $90,000
Core Staff Scientist H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Tampa, FL Apr 06, 2015 $90,000
Staff Scientist-Microbiology Aiken Biosciences, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 04, 2016 $90,000
Environmental Staff Scientist Gannett Fleming, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 19, 2015 $66,581
Environmental Staff Scientist Gannett Fleming, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 20, 2015 $66,581
Staff Scientist The Henry M. Jackson Foundation Bethesda, MD Dec 28, 2015 $66,000
Staff Scientist Lasergen, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 18, 2015 $66,000
Staff Scientist The Salk Institute for Biological Studies San Diego, CA Nov 20, 2016 $66,000
Staff Scientist The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Jul 16, 2015 $65,000
Research Fellow/Staff Scientist I Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, MA Oct 10, 2016 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Staff Scientist

LabCellCultureProteinSafetyPlansWaterSamplesProceduresRDNAGeneExpressionOversightDataAnalysisHplcPCREPAPhaseIIProductDevelopmentElisaTechnicalReportsClinicalTrialsAssayDevelopment

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Top Staff Scientist Skills

  1. Lab
  2. Cell Culture
  3. Protein
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with universities/labs and supervised NSF funded research trainees.
  • Support tech transfer of cell culture process from Process Development to clinical manufacturing.
  • Contributed research and published articles on protein biochemistry and purification, polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies, and glycan array screenings.
  • Managed and prepared 15 Health and Safety Plans for high risk buildings located at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant.
  • Obtain soil, air, and water samples for laboratory analysis.

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