Senior research scientists lead the formulation, development, and optimization of new programs, designs, and prototypes. They stay on the cutting age of modern science, assessing new technologies and their future applications. They propose, plan, and manage research projects. Many positions are based out of university research departments or laboratories, but other positions can be with technology companies or government-run agencies.
The requirements for being a senior research scientist depend on the type of research the position entails. As a rule, most positions require the candidate to hold at least a master's degree in a field related to the research position. Most positions prefer candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree. Prior research experience related to the position is generally preferred or required. Different research areas use different instrumentation, and candidates need to be familiar with the use and maintenance of anything they may use in their research.
Being a senior research scientist requires an inquisitive mind and a keen eye for innovation. The ability to collaborate and cooperate with others is important in order to communicate with staff both inside and outside of the research team. Senior research scientists may be in charge of a group of people, and as such, need to possess strong leadership skills. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are crucial for this line of work because senior research scientists have to report and present their methods and findings. This may entail publishing in academic journals and magazines. When a research project comes to fruition, senior research scientists may need to do all of the writing and paperwork to apply for a patent.
Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) Tasks
- Assess new technologies and future applications of technologies.
- Propose, plan, and manage research projects, report preparation, and presentation of findings.
- Lead the formulation, development, and optimization of new programs, designs, and prototypes.
- Participate in research formulating and writing with other staff.