What is it like working as an Associate Research Scientist?
Associate Research Scientist in College Station:
"I'd Rather Have A 'Post-Doc' Title."
Pros: Academic environment is nice and informal. Opportunities to interact with many smart and interesting people.
Cons: It's a dead-end, failed-to-become-a-PI job and most everyone knows that. In addition to (or instead of) doing science, many aspects of running a lab, such as mentoring students, approving purchases, organizing stocks, etc. Fall under this hat. These are not terrible duties, but given the low pay and lack of respect that goes with this job title, it gets old with time. Post-docs, although lower ranking, are viewed as bright individuals with potential and are worthy of career-advancing opportunities (like attending meetings and courses.) I've been tempted to call myself as a post-doc.