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

A Research Scientist - Immunology is responsible for studying the relationships between the pathogens and immune system to develop pharmaceutical drugs and understand more about allergic reactions and immunological diseases.

The principal functions of this role include researching and analyzing the immune system's various reactions to disorders, diseases and foreign substances, studying the response of cells and various infectious viruses and bacteria, performing allergen provocation procedures, developing research methodologies, collecting tissue cultures to study protein chemistry and cellular responses, designing and overseeing clinical trials for new pharmaceutical products, keeping current with other allergy and immunology research by consulting medical journals, preparing technical reports and managing other laboratory workers.

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


Strive to be as flexible and committed while working on any assigned duty or task.

Improve on time management to be able to complete the assigned work on time.

[employee comments goal]

Make sure that each team member understands the role that they and other members play in achieving the company's goal

Constantly provide encouragement when team members accomplish their goals and positive feedback for different ways of improving

[employee comments goal]

Learn from all supplied material and keep passing the knowledge

Encourage and motivate employees to see a higher-improved performance from each of them

[employee comments goal]

Set targets for each individual in the group to ensure equality of tasks distributions

Be consistent in the delivery of the set goals to create a valuable record

[employee comments goal]

Insist on following the company policies all the time to ensure tasks are done well

Avoid falling back into old habits that have already been sighted

[employee comments goal]

Carry out tasks that inspire a degree of therapeutical serenity such as working in the garden to help distract oneself after work

Learn one's own emotional triggers and allow oneself to fully process emotions before communicating them to others

[employee comments goal]

Surround oneself with people who have already achieved what one wants to achieve in order to increase one's speed of learning

Figure out exactly what one wants and write it down to the very last detail

[employee comments goal]

Put extra effort in preparing for meetings ahead of time and show up on time for all meetings

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

[employee comments goal]

Show more willingness to discourage harassment, bullying, and abrasive behavior

Encourage implementation of effective strategies that can attract a more diverse pool of applicants for vacant positions

[employee comments goal]

Learn to summarize information and always explain the motives, aims, results, and conclusions of a research

Learn to draw conclusions from scientific analyses or arguments and constantly make predictions from experimental data

[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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