Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a research scientist.

A Research Scientist is liable for designing, undertaking and analyzing information from controlled laboratory-based investigations, trial and experiments.

The primary roles for this position are planning and conducting experiments, recording and analyzing data, presenting results to other research staff, carrying out fieldwork like collecting samples, writing research papers, reports, reviews, and summaries, demonstrating procedures, preparing research proposals and applications, ensuring quality standards are met in the research, organizing product/materials testing, liaising with research or production staff, developing original answers to problems, keeping up to date with relevant scientific and technical developments, analyzing the results of the experiments, building research proposals, working with other researchers to use and develop the end product.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Have the willingness to be available when required at any given time.

Put more effort in undertaking assigned duties and finding out methods of doing those tasks faster.

[employee comments goal]

Respect more the ideas and opinions of others and try to accommodate them.

Show enough willingness, determination, and initiative, always to find solutions to any problem.

[employee comments goal]

Set personal goals that cultivate a team spirit in the business

Do not overlook anything that may compromise the team work spirit

[employee comments goal]

Look for new ways of handling multiple tasks and tolerating time pressure

Become more flexible and work with other employees and team members who may have problems meeting deadlines

[employee comments goal]

Learn to communicate and ask questions in order to avoid unnecessary conflicts, and waste less one's and other employees' time

Schedule more time for things that help one feel fresh in the mind such as taking a walk or watching one's favorite TV show

[employee comments goal]

Set a timeline for each goal in order to identify and stick to specific actions that one needs to take to work towards that goal

Tell other people about own goals in order to get physical support or the necessary moral support to reach those goals

[employee comments goal]

Remain composed when disagreeing with what others are saying and learn more about the importance of diplomacy

Avoid side conversations in meetings and put the phone away in all meetings

[employee comments goal]

Lead in promoting team building activities that enhance diversity awareness

Show more willingness to learn more about diversity issues and always set universally acceptable goals

[employee comments goal]

Put extra effort to search for the best sources of information

Show more willingness to learn how to use critical thinking skills when evaluating information

[employee comments goal]

Put extra effort in improving typing speed and accuracy when using word processors

Encourage others to study basic computer courses to enhance their computer skills

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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