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

A Senior Scientist - Biophysics is responsible for leading all activities associated with research and development of biochemical and biophysical characterization in support of clinical development as well as providing support for the development of new methods within the company.

The essential functions for this post include keeping up to date with new technologies and their potential for implementation for new analytical and bioanalytical method development, providing expertise on multiple techniques to troubleshooting and enhancing of existing assays, generating, managing, evaluating and maintaining critical data in a highly coordinated manner, providing statistical investigation and troubleshooting where appropriate, representing analytics in cross-functional team meetings, managing both the day to day and long term activities of scientists.

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


Communicate effectively whether in writing or verbally to ensure people understand what I am trying to pass across.

Develop critical thinking capabilities and skills to solve problems faster and in a unique way.

[employee comments goal]

Use different frames and strive to come up with independent decisions for each frame

Take the time to reflect on previous decision-making processes and jot down how one can improve the process the next time one faces a similar decision

[employee comments goal]

Understand the company's expectations, their requirements, their need and their mode of operations

Understand the seriousness of the project and the time allocated to each project

[employee comments goal]

Encourage and motivate all performances to build and retain the staff

Think through every decision to determine if it caters for all employees

[employee comments goal]

Project a healthy self-image all the time setting the trend for others to follow

Create an impression of professionalism and class in what you wear and how you handle the work

[employee comments goal]

Do not hold back pertinent data that the company requires

Make comments that do not injure or hurt other people's esteem

[employee comments goal]

Make sure to have all the information needed to accomplish a certain task before starting it

Learn to pay attention to details in order to avoid missing steps or making mistakes and prevent future problems

[employee comments goal]

Make employees document their work and keep records of their progress in checklists, activity logs or progress reports

Give reasons for the suspicion that led one to read other employees emails

[employee comments goal]

Show willingness to obtain further training focused on the importance of equity and fairness

Consider fairness and equality when implementing new activities and programs

[employee comments goal]

Encourage others to embrace the embrace the power of computers to process tasks more efficiently and accurately

Embrace computers to execute repetitive, multiple, and complex tasks efficiently

[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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