Scientist 1

Entry level professional requiring Bachelor’s Degree in Science and no experience, or the equivalent (to a degree) in appropriate education and experience. Works under close supervision, receives specific and detailed instructions for required tasks and results expected. Performs a variety of routine scientific tasks, which provide experience and familiarity with scientific staff, methods, practices, and programs. Usually assumes no responsibility for direction of others, except for possible assistance in collection data.


Scientist 2

Continuing developmental level, performs standard scientific work requiring application of standard techniques and procedures. Limited exercise of judgment required when less common methods or procedures are necessary. Detects problems when using standardized procedures because of the condition of the sample, difficulties with the equipment, etc. Conducts specific phases of projects for more experienced scientists. For training and developmental purposes, assignments may include some work that is typical of a higher level. Performance generally requires a minimum of 1 year as Scientist 1 or related experience, or an MS Degree.


Scientist 3

Independently evaluates, selects, and applies standard scientific techniques and procedures while using judgment when necessary to adapt standard methods and techniques. Assignments have clear and specified objectives and require investigation of limited number of variables. Generally requires a minimum of 1 year Scientist 2 or related experience or a Ph.D. Degree without experience. Receives instructions on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Assistance given for unusual problems and normally reviewed for application of sound professional judgment. May supervise or coordinate work of technicians and be assisted by lower-level scientists.


Scientist 4

Fully competent scientist in all conventional aspects of subject matter or functional area of assignments; plans and conducts work requiring: a) mastery of specialized techniques or ingenuity when selecting and evaluating solutions to unforeseen or novel complexities, and b) ability to apply analytical solutions to wide variety of problems and assimilate details and their significance toward various scientific analyses, procedures, and tests. Requires sufficient professional experience to assure competence as a fully trained scientist in individual’s discipline or expertise. Generally requires 1 to 2 years Scientist 3 or related experience. Independently performs most assignments with instruction only regarding general expected results. Receives technical guidance for unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval of proposed project plans. May supervise small staff of scientists and technicians on project basis.


Scientist 5

Applies diversified knowledge of scientific principles and practices to broad variety of assignments and related fields. Requires use of advanced techniques and modification and extension of theories, precepts, and practices in individual’s field. Participates in planning and executing project programs using specialized knowledge of complexities, methods and probable value of results. May serve as expert in narrow specialty (e.g. Ornithology, Ichthyoplankton, Radiology, etc.) making recommendations and conclusions, which serve as basis for undertaking or rejecting specific project tasks. Requires sufficient breadth of knowledge and Scientist 4 work experience to have achieved a position of identifiable expertise within organization. Professional certification may be required. Supervision and guidance relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters. Consults with supervisor or specialized outside-authority concerning unusual problems and developments. Typical duties and responsibilities include one or more of the following: 1) In supervisory capacity, plans, organizes, and directs assigned project programs. Independently defines scope and critical elements of projects and selects steps to be taken. Supervises small staff (2-5) of Scientists 1- 4 and technicians on project basis; 2) As individual researcher or specialist, performs complex or novel assignments requiring development of new or improved techniques and procedures.


Scientist 6

Has full technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing and coordinating overall project assignments. Formulates and conducts systematic problem-area resolution of considerable scope and complexity through a series of complete and conceptually related studies, or a number of projects of lesser scope. Acts as technical liaison to individuals within and outside his organization with responsibility to act independently regarding technical matters pertaining to his/her field. Supervision received is essentially administrative, with assignments given in broad terms concerning general objectives and limitations. Plans, organizes, and supervises work of staff (6-15) of scientists 1-5 and technicians.


Scientist 7

Makes authoritative decisions and recommendations having important impact on extensive scientific activities of organization. Initiates and maintains extensive contacts with key scientists and officials of other organizations and companies. Individuals at this level demonstrate a high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organizing, and guiding extensive scientific projects. Typical duties and responsibilities include one or both of the following: 1) supervisory responsibility for important segment of organization’s scientific programs; 2) as individual researcher and consultant, selects problems for research to further the organization’s major projects and objectives. As a leader and authority in company and area of specialization, advises Department Head or company officials on complex aspects of extremely broad and important programs.


Scientist 8/Department Head

Provides overall supervision to Department to assure that technical, administrative, man-hour, and schedule targets of Department are met within framework of established corporate or organizational policy and in accordance with applicable professional standards, scientific control procedures, and corporate or organizational procedures and guidelines.