Medicine Healthcare

Research Program Director


A Research Program Director in biosciences oversees the planning and execution of scientific research programs, managing resources, personnel, and funding to advance knowledge in biological sciences. They ensure projects align with organizational objectives and comply with regulatory standards, fostering innovation and collaboration within the team.

Common tasks 

    TaskRelated trait(s)
    Literature Review Analytical acumen Text Comprehension
    Data Analysis Analytical acumen
    Lab Management  Procedural orderliness
    Protocol Development Text Comprehension 
    Experiment Design and Execution Creativity and problem solving Analytical acumen Constructive receptivity Ambition
    Collaboration and Communication  Effective Listening
    Compliance Integrity
    Ethics Integrity

    Soft skills measured by TraitForward

    TraitNo of QuestionsCronbach’s  alpha (α)
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Text Comprehension50.72
    Are they agile readers?
    Safety acumen60.70
    Are they cautious?
    Persuasive communication110.84
    Do they express themselves effectively?
    Effective Listening80.71
    Do they understand others?
    Effective team building80.85
    Can they build and manage effective teams?
    Do they have moral values?
    Inquisitive Mindset80.72
    Are they agile learners?
    Are they biased against people and social groups?
    Creativity and problem solving80.77
    Are they creative problem solvers?
    Analytical acumen80.71
    Do they have math abilities?
    Are they persistent?
    Constructive receptivity80.71
    Can they receive feedback positively and derive value from it?
    Are they adaptable?
    Emotional intelligence60.77
    Do they understand how people feel?
    Procedural orderliness100.74
    Are they organized?
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Active engagement70.80
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    *Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (α) determines the extent to which the questions consistently measure each trait and it is expressed as a number ranging between 0 and 1 . Higher values indicate higher agreement between questions.  A value of α equal to greater than .7 indicates acceptable reliability or internal consistency.  For more information on the psychometric properties of the solution, please click here.

    Did you Know?

    Source: Glassdoor

    Median wage: 

    $96,833 / per year

    $48.50 / hour

    The median annual wage for this profession is $96,833. Nonetheless several professionals may not be paid in that rate. A relatively low salary the 10th percentile of the annual wage is $75,464, whilst a relatively high salary, the 90th percentile of the annual wage is $125,212.

    Expected employment growth:

    Number (in thousands in 2022): 11.357

    Number (in thousands in 2032): 10.826

    Employment percent change: -10

    Entry Education level:

    Research program directors have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in their respective scientific field, with many holding master’s or Ph.D.s. Higher education is often required for advanced research positions and roles that involve leading research projects.

    Find out the psychometric properties for the Research Program Director Traitforward questionnaire