A Research Fellow earns an average salary of $50,625 per year. A skill in Chemical Process Engineering is associated with high pay for this job. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
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$36,443 - $154,421
MEDIAN: $50,625
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$36,443 - $154,421  
$0.00 - $45,302  
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$36,019 - $183,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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Job Description for Research Fellow
A research fellow holds a time-limited research position at a university, clinic, or similar environment. They continue their academic training in the research program of a principal investigator, helping build their experience and contribute to their field. Some tasks that research fellows may perform include designing laboratory experiments, applying standard scientific protocols to experiments and research, helping improve current investigatory methods, and evaluating emerging techniques in the field as required. Research fellows draft and edit scientific reports and articles, as well as design and perform experiments and record data according to the needs of the project. They may also need to independently reproduce, research, and improve techniques currently used and convert to new techniques as required. Research fellows typically work full time in a laboratory environment, although hours and environment may vary depending on the project's needs.
Research Fellow Tasks
  • Provide coaching and supervision to lower level research scientists.
  • Conduct highly complex research and analysis on multi-disciplinary technical projects.
  • Participate in related technical or professional societies as a recognized authority.
  • Use independent judgment to conceive, conduct and evaluate new and existing technologies and products; prepare findings for scientific publication.
  • Operate technical and scientific equipment for scientific experimentation.
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Pay by Experience Level for Research Fellow
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Skills That Affect Research Fellow Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
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Research Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 10%
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