Jobs Descriptions: Research & Development (Preclinical)

Posted by | September 28, 2011 | Blog

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Each job description includes the required level of education and experience, and approximate compensation. Not all companies pay at the levels shown: smaller start-up companies may pay less, but may offer employees stock options. Senior executives and managers may also receive annual bonuses that range from 10-25 percent of salary. Employers encourage continuing education, which is often part of already generous benefits packages. In other words, individuals with a strong work ethic, who demonstrate a willingness to expand their knowledge base and leadership skills, can expect to have a rewarding and stimulating career in this young and vigorous industry.
Note: The approximate salary ranges quoted here are estimates only. Salary structures within any company may vary based on company size, geographical location, labor market, level of experience, and/or educational qualifications.

 

1. Jobs Descriptions for preclinical R&D positions

Discovery Research, Bioinformatics and Animal Sciences

1.1 Job description: Vice President of Research and Development

In this job position, the professional develops operating plan and develops strategic objectives that support the company’s research and development strategies. Determines overall organizational structure and allocations of managerial responsibilities. Provides leadership to direct others in solving complex problems. Reviews and approves all major projects. Exercises authority to implement and initiate projects. Participates with senior management in developing and establishing organizational and company policies. Receives strategic guidance only. Make final decisions on administrative and operational matters. Directs all major functions and activities within the research area. Integrates these functions and activities with those of other major organizations. Has demonstrated management and strategic planning skills. Capable of representing the company in all related technical matters of high significance. Responsible for introduction of new technology enhancement into the research area. Responsible for the scientific and career growth of employees.

Education/Experience

Requires a PhD in a scientific discipline and 15 years’ management experience.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$175,000+

1.2 Job description: Scientific Director

In this job position, the professional is responsible for directing the activities of multiple sections or an entire program area in the research department through subordinate managers. Undertakes long-term and short-term planning and supervision of projects that require interaction with business and manufacturing units. Makes decisions on work programs and monitors project and program costs. May conduct and collaborate with others on basic research relevant to long-term objectives and concerns. Collaborates on patent applications and manuscripts for publication. Develops strategies to ensure effective achievement of scientific/business objectives. Monitors and evaluates completion of tasks and projects. Develops budgets for capital expenditures, labor and contracts. Makes final decision on administrative or operational matters. Represents the organization as prime internal and customer contact on contracts or operations. Conducts briefing and technical meetings for top management and customer representatives. Instrumental in attracting and obtaining major new company business contracts.

Education/Experience

Requires a PhD in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 12 years’ experience in a research environment.

Approximate salary range for this job positon

$120,000 – $175,000

1.3 Job description: Associate Scientific Director

In this job position, the professional is responsible for planning, coordinating and managing the activities of one or more sections or projects in the research department. Undertakes long-term and short-term planning and supervision of projects, which generally require interaction with business and manufacturing units. Makes decisions on work programs and monitors project and program costs. May conduct and collaborate with others on basic research relevant to long-term objectives and concerns. Collaborates on patent applications and manuscripts for publication. Develops tactics to ensure effective achievement of scientific/business objectives. Monitors and evaluates completion of tasks and projects. Assists in developing budgets for capital expenditures, labor and contracts. Frequent contacts with equivalent inter-organizational managers and customer representatives concerning projects, operational decisions, scheduling requirements, or contractual clarifications. Conducts briefings and technical meetings for internal and external representatives including equivalent or above management.

Education/Experience

Requires a PhD in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in aresearch environment.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$99,000 – $143,000

1.4 Job description: Principal Scientist

In this job position, the professional initiates, directs and executes scientific research and development that is critical to corporate strategies and image. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems. Makes major contributions to the scientific direction of the company including initiation of research that may lead to major new programs. Participates in development of patentable technology. May be responsible for management and professional development of research group. Plans and executes laboratory research. Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theory. Makes important contributions to scientific literature and conferences. Exhibits an exceptional degree of sustained ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness. Applies and/or develops highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts that may be new to the industry. May serve as consultant to top management in long-range corporate planning concerning new or projected areas of technological research and advancements. Key spokesperson to customer personnel on corporate capabilities and future efforts. May be instrumental in attracting and obtaining major new company business contracts and/or grants. Recognized as a scientific leader within the company.

Education/Experience

Requires a PhD in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a research environment. Expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts is also required. As an alternative, post doctorate experience may be considered if combined with a minimum of 12-15 years related experience.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$99,000 – $132,000

1.5 Job description: Senior Scientist

In this job position, the professional initiates, directs and executes scientific research and development that is critical to corporate strategies and image. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, projects and problems. Plans and executes laboratory research. Maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theory. Makes major contributions to scientific literature and conferences. Acts as spokesperson on corporate research and development. Participates in development of patent applications. May be responsible for management and professional development of research group. Interfaces with various departments. Projects require expert and extensive knowledge of advanced principles, theories and concepts in area of expertise. Contributes to the development of principles and concepts new to the field. Often acts as project leader. Serves as organization consultant and spokesperson on specialized projects or programs. Acts as advisor to top management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications.

Education/Experience

Requires a PhD in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 5-10 years’ experience or MS with 8-10 years’ experience in a research environment. Expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts is also required. As an alternative, post doctorate experience may be considered if combined with a minimum of 12-15 years related experience.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$85,000 – $100,000

1.6 Job description: Scientist II

In this job position, the professional is responsible for the initiation, design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research projects in collaboration with others, that are critical to corporate strategies and image. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions and projects. Serves as in-house and outside consultant. Participates in development of patent applications. May manage and be responsible for professional development of research group. May coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts. Contributes to scientific literature and conferences. Projects require expert and extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories in area of expertise. Uses professional concepts and company procedures to solve a wide range of complex scientific problems in creative and imaginative ways. May represent the organization as prime technical contact on contracts or projects  requiring coordination across organizational lines. Provides intra/inter-group scientific leadership and training. Often acts as mentor and may act as project leader.

Education/Experience

Requires a PhD in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 2-5 years’ experience or MS with 8-10 years’ experience in a research environment.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$60,000 – $85,000

1.7 Job description: Scientist I

In this job position, the professional designs, implements and executes scientific research and development projects in collaboration with a larger research team. Investigates the feasibility of applying a variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions and products. Demonstrates potential for technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought. May coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts. Contributes to scientific literature and conferences. Projects require substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories in area of expertise. Uses professional concepts and procedures to solve a wide range of difficult scientific problems in imaginative ways. Involved in intra/inter-group teams regarding project design and implementation. Provides scientific guidance and training to more junior staff. May directly supervise one or more members of research group.

Education/Experience

Requires a PhD in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 0-2 years’ experience or MS with 8-10 years’ experience in a research environment.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$60,000 – $85,000

1.8 Job description: Principal Research Associate

This job position encompasses all the responsibilities of the Senior Research Associate, with either additional formal responsibility for supervising a distinct group, or additional technical responsibilities of a very independent nature that require the evaluation of tangible variance factors. If functioning in the more senior technical versus supervisory capacity this position would typically involve acting as the primary investigator in conducting his/her own experiments and would routinely exercise independent judgment in developing methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Has expert understanding of and ability to apply principles, theories and concepts in specialized area of responsibility, together with working knowledge of related disciplines. Projects require a high level of familiarity with current scientific literature together with the capability to select methods and techniques of obtaining solutions including the development of new scientific techniques. Typically leads department/project team in providing services or solutions to complex technical problems. Serves as consultant within area of expertise for other sections and/or divisions.

Education/Experience

Requires a BS/MS and 5-8 years’ regulatory affairs experience in the development of biological or pharmaceutical products or 2-5 years with a Masters and demonstrated working knowledge of scientific principles. In-depth knowledge of FDA laws is desirable.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$60,000 – $70,000

1.9 Job description: Senior Research Associate

In this job position, the professional is responsible for performing research and development experiments for projects and products in collaboration with others. Uses professional concepts in accordance with company objectives to solve complex problems in creative and effective ways. Investigates, creates and develops new methods and technologies for project advancement. Regularly exercises technical discretion in design, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project goals. Contributes to project process within scientific discipline through innovative research. Prepares technical reports, summaries, protocols and quantitative analyses. May participate in scientific conferences and make contributions to publications and patents. Has full understanding of and ability to apply established principles, theories and concepts in area of responsibility, together with a working knowledge of related disciplines. Projects require familiarity with current scientific literature together with capability to select methods and techniques for obtaining solutions within broadly defined practices and procedures. May be involved in teams, which include participation from other sections and/or divisions. May provide guidance to less senior personnel. May assume leading role in providing solutions to difficult, though defined, problems associated with specific projects.

Education/Experience

Requires a BS in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 5-8 years’ related laboratory experience, or MS with 2-5 years’ experience.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$60,000 – $70,000

2.0 Job description: Research Associate

In this job position, the professional is responsible for performing research and development experiments for projects and products, in collaboration with others. Regularly exercises technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project goals. Contributes to project process within scientific discipline through innovative research. Prepares technical reports, summaries, protocols and quantitative analyses. May participate in external seminars and scientific conferences. Has full understanding of and the ability to apply established principles, theories and concepts in area of responsibility. Projects may require familiarity with current scientific literature together with the capability to select methods and techniques for obtaining solutions within generally defined practices and policies.  Contacts are primarily with direct supervisors and others in section or group for guidance and regarding status of work projects. May interact with other sections/divisions on routine matters.

Education/Experience

Requires BS in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 2-5 years’ related laboratory experience, or MS with 0-2 years’ experience.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$38,000 – $50,000

2.1 Job description: Research Assistant

In this job position, the professional is responsible for performing research and laboratory tasks for projects and products, in collaboration with others. Projects may require the exercise of technical discretion in the design, execution or interpretation of experiments. Makes detailed observations, analyzes data and interprets results. Prepares technical reports, summaries, protocols and quantitative analyses. Has an understanding and/or application of fundamental principles, theories and concepts in the area of responsibility. Projects require the ability to read and understand relevant scientific literature. Contacts are primarily with direct supervisors and others in section or group for guidance and regarding status of work projects.

Education/Experience

Requires a certificate, AS/BS or equivalent in a scientific discipline and a minimum of 0-2 years’ related laboratory experience.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$32,000 – $48,000

2.2 Job description: Bioinformatics Scientist/Engineer

In this job position, the professional develops gene discovery algorithms for integrating sequence-based/functional knowledge about genes to help scientists analyze and interpret gene-expression data. Analyzes DNA information and identifies opportunities and needs for innovative solutions for the analysis and management of biological data in relevant databases. Assists in the development of software and custom scripts to automate data retrieval, manipulation, and analysis; application of statistics, and visualization tools. May mange some of the processes involved in database design, interface design, and information processing. Provides leadership in the development, evaluation and deployment of gene centric information systems and works closely with scientists and other experimental departments in developing statistical and probabilistic methods for gene clustering/analysis. Other responsibilities may include the initiation and management of external relationships and collaborations with academic and commercial parties, evaluation of third party products and technologies, and management of acquisition and implementationEducation/Experience

Requires MS or PhD in Bioinformatics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology or Computer Science, Computational Chemistry, or related field and 1-4 years of industry experience. Proficiency in programming languages like C/C++, Perl, SQL, HTML, and JAVA and knowledge of mixed operating systems environments (e.g. UNIX, Windows NT, Sybase, Oracle etc.) is required. Working knowledge of public domain bioinformatics data sources, public sequence databases, sequence assembly tools and gene expression analysis software is preferred.

Approximate salary range for this job position

$75,000 – $85,000

Approximate “Senior” Salary Range

$85,000 – $100,000

 

We will add more job descriptions in another blog post soon.

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2 Responses to “Jobs Descriptions: Research & Development (Preclinical)”

  1. Comment made by kierunki xn--studiw-fxa on Oct 5th 2011 at 07:33:

    I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

    • Comment made by Ricardo Moura on Oct 13th 2011 at 12:54:

      Thank you for comment. This post is being investigated in order to improve it with more valuable information, mainly for recent graduates.

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