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Salary Range
€32k - €60k
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In Brief...

Researches and develops ways to make products from raw materials, solving problems and making improvements in existing processes.


  • Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


  • Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

In Summary - Process Development Scientist

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The Work - Process Development Scientist

Process development scientists find and develop new processes, as well as improving existing ones. They work to reduce costs, increase efficiency and safety, improve product quality and find environmentally-friendly processes.

Once scientists have developed a research prototype of a new product in the laboratory, process development scientists find out how to standardise the item and produce it on a larger scale. This is known as 'scaling up'. Process development scientists study technical reports of the prototype. Then, they write their own reports to specify how the process needed to develop it should work.

They are very much part of a team, working alongside people such as research scientists, engineers and technicians. For example, they discuss computer-aided design (CAD) models and research papers. They get advice from engineers to make sure the right materials are available to make the product. Process development scientists can work with suppliers, contract managers and customers. They might lead teams, including other scientists and technicians, and have overall responsibility for the cost, safety and timescale of the project.

Increasingly, process development scientists also need to take account of environmental issues. They consider ways to reduce the amount of energy used in the process, or the possibility of using materials that can be recycled. They plan and carry out a pilot test on the most promising process, carefully recording and analysing the results. This might uncover technical problems that they must solve before manufacturing can begin.

When a decision has been made on the best process to use, they set up and test the process in the laboratory, studying it carefully. Process development scientists often use sophisticated technology, including computers, to monitor process and production trials, and to find and identify faults. They use technology to measure and control conditions such as pressure and temperature, for example, in metal and aerospace industries.

Process development scientists also carry out risk assessments to make sure the process is safe, and to identify any training needs for the staff who will use the new equipment and technology. They check and follow safety laws and regulations. They evaluate the process trials, identifying and tackling any problems. Depending on the results of these trials, full-scale production will then begin.

Process development scientists regularly evaluate production, demonstrating that the process is an improvement on the previous one and identifying any new steps, methods or technology needed to make sure the process keeps improving. If they need to, they will advise that a piece of machinery or a raw material must be changed to make the process more efficient or to reduce costs.

Process development scientists sometimes need to wear protective clothing such as gloves and masks. They might have to travel to production sites, to assess a trial or full-scale production.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Inspect materials and products for defects, and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Remove materials and products from machines and equipment, and place them in boxes, trucks or conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Push dual control buttons and move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment.
  • Identify and mark materials, products, and samples, following instructions.
  • Load materials and products into machines and equipment, or onto conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Clean and maintain machinery, equipment, and work areas to ensure proper functioning and safe working conditions.
  • Weigh or measure materials or products to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Fasten, package, or stack materials and products, using hand tools and fastening equipment.
  • Record production and operational data, such as amount of materials processed.
  • Add chemicals, solutions, or ingredients to machines or equipment as required by the manufacturing process.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Interests - Process Development Scientist

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


As a process development scientist, you must have an investigative and analytical mind, and a methodical approach to testing new processes. You will need to be creative and have good problem solving skills.  
Process development scientists often work closely with research department specialists, so you must have good teamwork and interpersonal skills. The ability to write clear and accurate reports is essential. You may lead a team of technicians, so you must be able to organise and motivate people.  
Many processes are being constantly improved, so you must be willing to learn and develop new knowledge, and keep up-to-date with technological advances. Increasingly, process development scientists need to be aware of environmental issues. You must also be willing to follow safety procedures closely. Work can be very stressful during periods when experiments and deadlines have to be met.

Entry Requirements - Process Development Scientist

Pay & Salary - Process Development Scientist

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €32k - €60k

Development Chemist: 30 - 65
Process Chemist: 35 - 55
Analytical Chemist: 30 - 55

Data Source(s):
Brightwater / CPL / Hudson

Last Updated: February, 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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