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Research Scientist

at Water filtration startup

Mutatedmushrooms

- San Jose, California

- 8/12/20
Job/Career Demand
4.0
Positive Impact
4.0
Satisfaction
3.0
Advancement/Growth
1.0
Creativity
5.0
Work-Life Balance
5.0
Compensation & Benefits
4.0
Work Environment
2.0
Total Compensation
$100,000
Years of experience
3.0
Recommended Education
Doctoral or Professional Degree

Describe the path you took to become a research scientist

I went to graduate school to study Chemistry, and found my position by applying online.

What's a day in the life of a research scientist?

Run and design experiments, present research to CEO and customers.

What's the best part of being a research scientist?

Seeing the technology you helped design and implement actually work or be made into a product in real-time.

What are some perks of your job?

Free snacks

What's the downside of being a research scientist? Words of caution?

Industry research is unfortunately not the same as academic research. Experiments and further investigations must have a “business” rationale. Also, maybe the hardest part of the job is dealing with management and having to explain why experiments need to be done.

What's the earning potential? Entry-level? Mid-level? Senior-level?

Earning potential can be larger if you are willing to take on more responsibilities outside the lab.

Advice on how to get started as a research scientist

Be open to any of all opportunities. You may not fit perfectly in terms of experience, but this can be overcome by your analytical abilities, communication skills, or other strengths.

What skills are needed to be a research scientist?

PhD in Chemistry.

What's the future outlook for a research scientist?

Researching new technology will always be in demand, but you have to be willing to always learn and develop new skills.

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