The responsibilities of staff scientists include collaborating with and guiding coworkers, overseeing projects and activities, and creating and reviewing procedures. Staff scientists also manage transfers and activities of other labs, perform tests, research, read and communicate data analysis, and complete other duties as assigned.
Work is usually done inside an office or a lab; however, sometimes staff scientists may be required to work off site. A variety of technical, scientific, and government agencies employ staff scientists. Staff scientists work closely with other scientists and researchers. Depending on the company's size, the staff scientist may report directly to their employer or a supervising scientist.
Staff scientists may work during regular business hours, although this may fluctuate depending on their projects and research.
A bachelor's, master's and/or doctoral degree in the specific area in which they work are mandatory to work as a staff scientist. Depending on the area of employment, anywhere from two to eight years of experience is generally needed as well. Most companies also prefer a knowledge of tests, data management, and data analysis. Aside from education requirements, staff scientists should be creative, detail oriented, and able to work well alone and in groups. They should also be reliable, flexible, goal-oriented, and able to communicate well.
Staff Scientist Tasks
- Manage the technical, budgetary, and scheduling aspects of scientific research projects.
- Accurately document and publish scientific findings.
- Develop and conduct scientific research projects with minimal supervision.