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Research Scientist

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Education
Most of these occupations require post-graduate qualifications. For example, they may require a masters degree, and some require a Ph.D., or M.D.

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Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience plus specialist training to be able to do their job.

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Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

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€29k > 61
Research Scientist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€29 - 61
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Plans and carries out experiments and investigations to increase scientific knowledge in a range of areas such as life sciences, including physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, plant sciences.


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Liam McCaul
R&D Engineer
Liam McCaul is an R&D Engineer. His daily job activities include carrying out research to develop new ways to make products more energy efficient, more aesthetically pleasing and easier to use. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and Product Development.
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Caitriona Jackman
Planetary Scientist

Caitriona Jackman went to secondary school at Crescent College Comprehensive in Limerick. From there, she did a degree in Applied Physics at the University of Limerick. During that time she did a 9-month co-op placement at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey.  After graduation she moved to the University of Leicester to do a PhD in Planetary Science. She is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London.

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Xiaona Hou
Product Engineer
Xiaona Hou is a Product Engineer. She is responsible for supporting R&D work in the Diabetes Care business unit at MD Medical. 
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Jane Kennedy
Research & Development Manager

Jane Kennedy is Research and Development Manager at Keohane’s Seafood in Cork. Jane Completed the graduate programme with BIM in Clonakilty which opened her eyes to the potential of the booming seafood industry in Ireland. Jane considers the international travel opportunites to be one of the jobs greatest perks.

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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Provide scientific or technical guidance, support, coordination, or oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public.

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Review and implement environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirements.

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Collect, synthesize, analyze, manage, and report environmental data, such as pollution emission measurements, atmospheric monitoring measurements, meteorological or mineralogical information, or soil or water samples.

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Communicate scientific or technical information to the public, organizations, or internal audiences through oral briefings, written documents, workshops, conferences, training sessions, or public hearings.

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Provide advice on proper standards and regulations or the development of policies, strategies, or codes of practice for environmental management.

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Prepare charts or graphs from data samples, providing summary information on the environmental relevance of the data.

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Conduct environmental audits or inspections or investigations of violations.

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Monitor effects of pollution or land degradation and recommend means of prevention or control.

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Design or direct studies to obtain technical environmental information about planned projects.

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Analyze data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance and to interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Law and Government: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Clerical: Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Entry Routesheader image

Entrants to a career as a Research Scientist need a good honours degree in a science subject area. Most Research Scientists continue to study towards postgraduate qualifications.

STEM related degree programmes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are at available through the IoTs and Unversities countrywide.

Check course details for exact entry requirements, as these may vary depending on the particular focus of the programme.

Master’s qualifications in Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry can also be studied. These courses incorporate more independent research and are designed to lead directly onto further postgraduate study such as a PhD.

Employers will typically expect you to have completed, or be working towards a PhD, in your specialist area of interest.

Having work experience in a research department or a degree that included a placement in a research environment may also improve your chances of securing a job as a Research Scientist.

Entry level options include starting as a research assistant or graduate industrial scientist whilst continuing to study part-time for a PhD.

See also Irish Research Council (below) for research grant information and opportunities.

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Smart Futures
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Organisation: Irish Research Council
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Organisation: Tyndall National Institute
Address: Lee Maltings Complex, Dyke Parade, Cork City, Ireland
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