|The Chief's right hand. Handle day-to-day operations of the Research department. Ensure that orders are carried out quickly and efficiently. Stop slime outbreaks and anomalies containment breaches as they happen.|
|Access: Research Division|
|Related guides: Guide to Research and Development, Guide to Xenoarchaeology, Guide to Xenobiology, Guide to Xenobotany, Guide to Anomalies|
Head of Department |
Chief Science Officer
Research, NSV Petrov
The most senior member of the Research crew, the Senior Researcher is in charge of seeing that the rest of the schlubs in the department know what they're supposed to be doing, and are actually doing so quickly and professionally. It is their job to translate the Chief Science Officer's orders into actions and to oversee the day-to-day operations of the department to be certain that everything is done correctly. They are the executive to the Chief Science Officer's administrator, the Sergeant to the commissioned officer, the one that turns the list of priorities and instructions into actual work by the rest of the department. They are the middle-man between the CSO and the rest of Research, and should coordinate closely with both.
The Senior Researcher is, generally speaking, the most experienced and highest-ranking of the standard department staff. As such, the regular Scientists and Research Assistants look to them for instruction and guidance on most technical matters. While their knowledge base is not expected to be as wide-ranging or exhaustive as the Chief Science Officers's, they should have at least a functional understanding of Anomalies, Xenobiology, and R&D work.
In the absence of a Chief Science Officer, the Senior Researcher is entirely responsible for department operations. When a Chief Science Officer is present, they are still the one generally held responsible for ensuring that things are done quickly and correctly. They should instruct the standard Scientists when needed, and when the Chief Science Officer issues an order for a special research project, they will generally act as the laboratory head, assigning specific duties to other department staff and making sure that they are carried out.
This does not mean, however, that the Senior Researcher is expected to simply sit back and issue orders. They are an executive, not an administrator. They are fully expected to get into the standard lab work required by the department when necessary, and as such act as a normal Scientist when not engaged in other duties. They are just also expected to act as advice and guidance to the rest of staff in addition to this.