Works primarily with gathering knowledge and understanding research. Perform experiments, make observations, and create detailed papers of findings for peer review and publishing. Create experiments that include both control and experimental groups under the purview of an academic or research organization's approval. Record responses based upon the introduction of a variable into both groups.
Typically draft a proposal for such experimentation. May be required to have proposals reviewed by peers within the field to determine the validity and methodology of the research work. Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge, and publish findings in professional journals, books, and/or electronic media. Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.