This ASCB article provides clarity on the often obscure role of staff scientists. The author asserts that although many students and postdocs are interested in these positions, openings and job descriptions can be difficult to find. The article then explores academic staff scientist positions, including a number of possible titles and responsibilities. When searching for these positions, word of mouth can play a critical role.
Overall, the author explains, “If you like the ‘doing’ part of science and not the writing /funding part of it, a staff scientist position may be a great fit for you. Furthermore, staff positions can be a great example of transitional careers—a place to learn new things and make you a better scientist for future endeavors.”
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