Sunday, July 29, 2012

November 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals:     
November 2011
Market research as an occupation has changed significantly with the advent of internet marketing. While in the past market research professionals were limited to a few market opinion/behavior research options, they now have online resources at their disposal as well. In fact, online market research and inbound marketing campaigns have become standard methodologies for market research professionals. As market research becomes an imperative to successful company and organization building the field of market research is an increasingly interesting and lucrative career choice. ResearchNetwork currently has 715 job postings under the category of market research.

Developing Marketing Strategies

A key component of the market research manager’s job is expertise in formulating questions for researchers to employ in their quest to understand market behavior or intent. The types of questions a market researcher might ask can be loosely framed under a few categories, each of which requires a different approach in terms of questioning. While this is par for the course for market research experts, for those new to the industry, and as a refresher, the three main categories of questions should include these considerations:

Asking non-threatening questions about behavior
·         Remember, the time period of the questions should be related to the saliency of the topic.
·         When asking closed ended questions about behavior make sure that all of the alternatives are included, otherwise stick to open ended ones. This point holds true for all marketing survey questions.
·         Use words that all respondents will understand, again this is a universal survey rule of thumb.

Asking threatening questions about behavior
·         Computer generated questionnaires can reduce the threat of socially questionable answers and increase perceived confidentiality.
·         Reduce the perceived importance of threatening topics by embedding them amid other more and less threatening topics.
·         Remember long questions are better than short questions when they are potentially threatening.
·         Don’t repeat questions even using different wording as this may place undesired importance on the topic or question.

Asking questions about attitude or intended behaviors
·         Make sure the attitudes being measured are clearly specified and articulated.
·         Remember to avoid double barrelled questions that don’t allow a single answer.
·         Ask the least popular question last when asking questions with underlying values and differing degrees of popularity.
·         Wherever possible separate the issues from the individuals.
·         Finally, decide which critical aspects of attitude/behavior you are measuring; cognitive, evaluative or behavioral. Don’t assume that each of these will be the same.

Good data is vital to forming market research strategies based upon real attitudes and behaviors. It is imperative that market researchers thus frame all of their questions to illicit, not the answers they want to hear but, the authentic intent and beliefs of the market.
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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
J.R.R. Tolkien
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Market Research Humor

A man was walking along a country road and overhead there drifted a hot air balloon with a single occupant. The man in the balloon calls down to the man on the ground: "Excuse me sir, can you tell me where I am?"

After a moment of consideration the man on the ground replies: "You are in a balloon, 70 feet above the ground, drifting at 4 miles per hour, in a Southeasterly direction."

The man in the balloon then replied: "You must be a market researcher?"

The man on the ground said: "Why, yes, how did you know?"

To which the man in the balloon answered: "Because, while everything you have told me is absolutely true, it is of no use to me and I am no better off than I was before."

To this, the market researcher responded: "Then you must be a marketing manager. You were lost... didn't know where you were... didn't know where you were going. You asked for my help and I gave it to you, and though you are still lost, now it is my fault."!

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“Inquiry is fatal to certainty”.
 Will Durant
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Top interview tips for market researchers
Attend your interview armed with a portfolio of successful campaigns – it’s not bragging it’s proving yourself. Brush up on the basics of all aspects of modern marketing including the fundamentals of inbound marketing, outbound marketing and how both of these can utilize qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Marketing is a rapidly changing field and our number one interview tip for market researchers is, prove you are at the top of your game by showing and in-depth proficiency for contemporary marketing. In other words – do your research!
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"Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising." 
 Mark Twain
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We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.

Friday, July 27, 2012

October 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals: October 2011
Medical research is as much about discovering what the needs of humanity are as it is about finding cures for known illness. The challenge for the exemplary research professional is to find relevant research paths and to embark on a course that will have potential ramifications for change and further discovery. The depth and breadth of the field is vast but biomedical research is probably the most prevalent of these and the broadest in scope. Of all jobs posted on ResearchNetwork.com biomedical research along with market research arguably enjoy the most job postings.

Biomedical Research

Biomedical research facilities employ scientists in the fields of cellular immunology, infectious disease, immune models of human disease, the development of immune system-based therapies and vaccines, and medical research discoveries that provide tangible health benefits to individuals and the community. Included within the scope of biomedical research is an essential clinical component wherein a drug treatment or therapy developed in the laboratory is tested prior to being prescribed by doctors.

This is slightly different from a clinical research study and also from an observational study. Observational studies can be fascinating but they are also interesting in that a researcher may be part of a research trial which they will never see the final results of in their lifetime. One such trial was the Framingham Heart Study. From 1948 researchers followed four generations of family members in Framingham, Massachusetts, to see what had negative or positive impacts on the condition of their hearts. Some of the key findings of that study were that high blood pressure, high-fat diets, and smoking are not good for the heart. Researchers who began on the project did not necessarily get to see the final results of their research findings.  

Also in the field of medical research are areas of preventative medicine and community health which offer the medical researcher great skills crossover and diversity. These include disease prevention and control, nutrition, fitness and health and a gambit of other fields. Each of these is becoming increasingly important in medical research as obesity epidemics and vaccine resistant epidemics become prevalent.

Some of the discoveries in these fields are quite spectacular. An example are recent fat studies which actually show that one can fight fat with fat. Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) discovered that orexin, a hormone produced in the brain, activates calorie-burning brown fat in mice. Incredibly researchers discovered that, "Without orexin, mice are permanently programmed to be obese. With it, brown fat is activated and they burn more calories." One of the researchers, Dr. Sikder went on to say, "We're now taking the next steps in determining how orexin -- or a chemical that has the same effect -- might be used in humans to therapeutically prevent or treat obesity."

Although these types of research don’t receive as much press as say, stem cell or cancer research studies, they also significantly impact the quality of life for many people. Medical research is full of such fascinating and life altering examples. As such the field of medical research is both lucrative and diverse.

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“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
Carl Sagan
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Choosing a Research Topic

Choosing a research path is often the most challenging aspect of a research manager’s job. While addressing a practical problem in the field is often an obvious choice there are frequent occasions when the underlying problems are the less obvious but appropriate path for the researcher to embark upon. Requests for proposals (RFP) are one course a researcher can take to establish required research within their field. Typically RFPs describe some problem that an organisation would like researchers to address.  Typically a RFP describes a problem or need that requires research. Usually it will be quite specific and as such it takes significant guess work away from a research avenue and presents a clear opportunity.

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"The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.” Horace Wallpole
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Top Tips for Careers in Medical Research
The key to acquiring a job in medical research is to be out there. The field, particularly in some niche areas, is fiercely competitive. Ensure employers know you are available by maintaining a current and professional online CV. Many employers never advertise but rather search databases for good candidates whom they invite to apply. Networking is critical to a contemporary job search strategy and online networking is fast becoming the norm. ResearchNetwork exists to facilitate networking and a presence among other research professionals and employers.



Need a Research Professional?

Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, scientific, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

September 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals:     
September 2011
Science has become the land of awe and opportunity for researchers, with the field expanding at an exponential rate to rival that of Moore’s law. Speaking of Moore’s law, that scientific research is becoming more connected with computer science all the time. Biology, geology and other sciences which in the past have been completely distinct and unrelated fields are merging with computer technology to create the wonders of the future. Today we feature amazing fields of scientific research.

Scientific research

There is no better way to understand what scientific research means in today’s world than to look at the people engaged in some of these contemporary and exciting areas, particularly the broadening field of artificial intelligence – the ultimate merger between man and computer.

Artificial Intelligence Research:

At the forefront of the challenging, futuristic (or is it?) field of artificial general intelligence is Daniel Dewey who is an independent scholar working on the theory of safe and beneficial artificial general intelligence. Dewey works alongside guys like Vladimir Nesov, a decision theory researcher, to establish the moral and interactive engagement artificial intelligence will have with humans in the near future. Nesov holds an M.S. in applied mathematics and physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. His current project is Wei Dai's updateless decision theory, in pursuit of one of the Singularity Institute's core research goals: that of developing a 'reflective decision theory’. This is hugely interesting stuff and fabulous work if you can wrap your head around it.

Other research scientists involved in the future of artificial intelligence are Joshua Fox, Steve Rayhawk and Peter de Blanc. Fox studies the theory of superintelligence, developing models of agents with greater than human optimization power. He has served as a software architect at various start-ups and growth companies, and now works at IBM leading the development of a software product. Fantastic work if you can get it! Steve Rayhawk is a researcher interested in applying computational Bayesian decision theory to problems in technological forecasting, risk management policy, and social epistemology. Finally de Blanc is an AI researcher who holds an M.A. in mathematics from Temple University. He has written several papers on goal systems for decision-theoretic agents, including 'Convergence of Expected Utility for Universal AI' and 'Ontological Crises in Artificial Agents' Value Systems.' These jobs may seem extraordinarily scarce and too far out there for contemplation but they aren’t. Jobs in biotechnology, applied sciences, academic departments, nanotechnology, genomics and computer science all abound at ResearchNetwork.com.

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"I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”
Marie Curie
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Ted Talks

This is an awesome forum for finding out what is new and happening in the realm of future sciences and contemporary science in the fields of human science and AI science and the combination of the two. Ted Talks sell themselves as ideas worth spreading and for the most part that is true. For science researchers TED Talk innovators and thinkers can prove inspirational for taking a project down a new path. TED describes what TED is, and the TED mission, like this, “We're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.” It really is a great site to visit!
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"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'."
 Isaac Asimov
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Top tip for a career in future science
These scientific fields are not for anyone who is afraid to take a chance or dare to dream. That being the case applicants for jobs in these areas are advised to wear their heart on their sleeve. Share your crazy ideas with heartfelt enthusiasm. That coupled with the right credentials of course, will hold you in good standing. Research organizations generally want people who are passionate about what they do, individuals who will work on a team but who will retain a unique perspective and outlook for what is possible. Brilliant researchers in this type of science don’t all have PhD’s but they do all have passion.
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"The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers. .” 
 Lewis Thomas
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Need a Research Professional?

Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, scientific, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

August 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals:     
August 2011
Postdoctoral research isn’t just about gaining tenure although that is what many will claim in attempting to explain the growing tendency toward this path. The complexity of scientific discovery and the involvement of complex science in increasing areas of life, study, research and development and industry dictate that those who seek to be expert in their fields must undertake postdoctoral research. Funding postdoctoral research and researchers is often through an appointment with a salary, or by way of an appointment with a stipend or a sponsorship award and competition for these funds can be fierce.  Generally those who undertake research do so funded as postdoctoral research fellows, associates or assistants.

Postdoctoral fellowships

Postdoctoral researchers might work independently or alternatively, under the supervision of a principal investigator. This research is often a prerequisite for those who wish to obtain faculty positions with tenure within a research oriented facility. It is increasingly considered a mandatory requirement in some fields because competition for tenure-track positions in academia is becoming increasingly competitive. In the past principal investigators have been accused of using postdoctoral researchers as intelligent but cheap labor used to further their own careers. These tendencies have lead to a propensity of increasingly long post doctorates with little hope of breaking away. This type of authoritarian abuse of postdoctoral researchers has diminished in more recent years partly because of complaints and partly due to the growth of advocacy agencies for researchers. The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven organization that provides a voice for postdoctoral scholars in the United States.
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"Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.”
Theodore Roszak
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National postdoctoral association
The NPA describes itself (http://www.nationalpostdoc.org) as providing the following services for postdoctoral researchers:
ADVOCACY
The association advocates for policy change within research institutions that host postdoctoral scholars. Since the association’s founding, more than 150 institutions have adopted portions of the NPA’s Recommended Practices. The NPA continues to work with the leadership of federal funding agencies, such as the NIH and the NSF, to develop new programs and policies for postdoctoral training, compensation, and benefits. The NPA values its partners in advocacy, including prominent national associations and organizations that represent the scientific, research and higher education communities.
COMMUNITY-BUILDING
The NPA hosts annual and regional meetings to provide opportunities for the postdoctoral community to gather and enhance their professional/leadership skills. The association also maintains various list servers and an online bulletin board to facilitate networking nation-wide.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
The NPA continues to provide the tools and resources that post doctorates and administrators need for success. Most NPA publications are available online, with selected resources for members only. These include: an International Postdoctoral Survival Guide, Toolkits for Postdoctoral Associations & Offices, an Institutional Policy Database, and a Career Development Clearinghouse.
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"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
 Eden Phillpotse
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Career planning in post doctoral research
As research permeates more and more areas of industry, science and technology an exponential increase in career options is becoming available to the PhD. This is evidenced by the growing numbers of postdoctoral positions available through ResearchNetwork.com which lists over 40 postdoctoral research positions today and that number is growing steadily. These are a few of the areas in which post doctoral researchers are in hot demand (courtesy of NPA) along with some tips on how to improve your chances of obtaining a choice position.

Academia/Teaching


One way to get teaching experience prior to obtaining a faculty position is through Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships.

Science/Policy


Science policy analysts or program officers manage programs, write grants, conduct research and serve as an expert resource to policy-makers.

Science Writing


Science writers may write for specialty publications, for industry groups, or for the general public. Gain experience by volunteering for the university news, publications, public relations or alumni relations office, or by volunteering to write articles for your professional organization.

Medical Information Scientist/Medical Liaison Scientist


Medical information scientists provide scientific education to physicians, educate pharmaceutical sales forces, and work with clinical development teams on study protocol, design and submission.
Desired skills for medical information scientists include:
  • Clinical experience (research and/or patient experience)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong presentation/public speaking skills
  • Time/project management skills

Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, Patenting, and Legal Opportunities


Science, law, and business come together in the area of technology transfer.

Research Support or Grant Administration (RSA)


Research support and grant administration provide invaluable help to scientists in the pursuit of research funding.

Bioethics


As new technologies emerge with new questions, the issue of bioethics continues to present itself as an important concern. Scientists can play in important role in the dialogue between researchers and the public.

Science Librarian


Science librarians are usually found in academic institutions and help decide on the library’s collection and manage budgets and assist scientists in information searchers, in addition to a host of other duties.
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"It is the man of science, eager to have his every opinion regenerated, his every idea rationalized, by drinking at the fountain of fact, and devoting all the energies of his life to the cult of truth, not as he understands it, but as he does not yet understand it, that ought properly to be called a philosopher.” 
 Charles Peirce
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Need a Research Professional?

Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, scientific, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals:     
August 2011
Postdoctoral research isn’t just about gaining tenure although that is what many will claim in attempting to explain the growing tendency toward this path. The complexity of scientific discovery and the involvement of complex science in increasing areas of life, study, research and development and industry dictate that those who seek to be expert in their fields must undertake postdoctoral research. Funding postdoctoral research and researchers is often through an appointment with a salary, or by way of an appointment with a stipend or a sponsorship award and competition for these funds can be fierce.  Generally those who undertake research do so funded as postdoctoral research fellows, associates or assistants.

Postdoctoral fellowships

Postdoctoral researchers might work independently or alternatively, under the supervision of a principal investigator. This research is often a prerequisite for those who wish to obtain faculty positions with tenure within a research oriented facility. It is increasingly considered a mandatory requirement in some fields because competition for tenure-track positions in academia is becoming increasingly competitive. In the past principal investigators have been accused of using postdoctoral researchers as intelligent but cheap labor used to further their own careers. These tendencies have lead to a propensity of increasingly long post doctorates with little hope of breaking away. This type of authoritarian abuse of postdoctoral researchers has diminished in more recent years partly because of complaints and partly due to the growth of advocacy agencies for researchers. The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven organization that provides a voice for postdoctoral scholars in the United States.
______

"Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.”
Theodore Roszak
______

National postdoctoral association
The NPA describes itself (http://www.nationalpostdoc.org) as providing the following services for postdoctoral researchers:
ADVOCACY
The association advocates for policy change within research institutions that host postdoctoral scholars. Since the association’s founding, more than 150 institutions have adopted portions of the NPA’s Recommended Practices. The NPA continues to work with the leadership of federal funding agencies, such as the NIH and the NSF, to develop new programs and policies for postdoctoral training, compensation, and benefits. The NPA values its partners in advocacy, including prominent national associations and organizations that represent the scientific, research and higher education communities.
COMMUNITY-BUILDING
The NPA hosts annual and regional meetings to provide opportunities for the postdoctoral community to gather and enhance their professional/leadership skills. The association also maintains various list servers and an online bulletin board to facilitate networking nation-wide.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
The NPA continues to provide the tools and resources that post doctorates and administrators need for success. Most NPA publications are available online, with selected resources for members only. These include: an International Postdoctoral Survival Guide, Toolkits for Postdoctoral Associations & Offices, an Institutional Policy Database, and a Career Development Clearinghouse.
______

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
 Eden Phillpotse
______
Career planning in post doctoral research
As research permeates more and more areas of industry, science and technology an exponential increase in career options is becoming available to the PhD. This is evidenced by the growing numbers of postdoctoral positions available through ResearchNetwork.com which lists over 40 postdoctoral research positions today and that number is growing steadily. These are a few of the areas in which post doctoral researchers are in hot demand (courtesy of NPA) along with some tips on how to improve your chances of obtaining a choice position.

Academia/Teaching


One way to get teaching experience prior to obtaining a faculty position is through Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships.

Science/Policy


Science policy analysts or program officers manage programs, write grants, conduct research and serve as an expert resource to policy-makers.

Science Writing


Science writers may write for specialty publications, for industry groups, or for the general public. Gain experience by volunteering for the university news, publications, public relations or alumni relations office, or by volunteering to write articles for your professional organization.

Medical Information Scientist/Medical Liaison Scientist


Medical information scientists provide scientific education to physicians, educate pharmaceutical sales forces, and work with clinical development teams on study protocol, design and submission.
Desired skills for medical information scientists include:
  • Clinical experience (research and/or patient experience)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong presentation/public speaking skills
  • Time/project management skills

Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, Patenting, and Legal Opportunities


Science, law, and business come together in the area of technology transfer.

Research Support or Grant Administration (RSA)


Research support and grant administration provide invaluable help to scientists in the pursuit of research funding.

Bioethics


As new technologies emerge with new questions, the issue of bioethics continues to present itself as an important concern. Scientists can play in important role in the dialogue between researchers and the public.

Science Librarian


Science librarians are usually found in academic institutions and help decide on the library’s collection and manage budgets and assist scientists in information searchers, in addition to a host of other duties.
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"It is the man of science, eager to have his every opinion regenerated, his every idea rationalized, by drinking at the fountain of fact, and devoting all the energies of his life to the cult of truth, not as he understands it, but as he does not yet understand it, that ought properly to be called a philosopher.” 
 Charles Peirce
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Need a Research Professional?

Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, scientific, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.