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

A Senior Research Associate is responsible for doing studies on assigned topics and providing analysis and reports on the particular research. This position is useful in various businesses including financial institutions, universities, biotech companies, insurance firms, etc.

The principal duties of this post are researching and testing while adhering to the quality control standards, working hand in hand with other researchers and scientists to generate new scientific methods and procedures, collecting and summarizing data, executing experiments, writing detailed technical detailed reports, creating and maintaining computerized spreadsheets and documentation, managing, training and guiding other team members, developing, implementing and monitoring research activities using advanced statistical analysis and modelling techniques.

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


Be willing to improve the quality of performance by taking on training

Seek new opportunities that challenge the capability to a new level of performance

[employee comments goal]

Learn new tricks and techniques that help build up confidence when dealing with different people

Show willingness to work extra hours in order to cover a colleague's responsibilities whenever there is need

[employee comments goal]

Create a system where one has a list of everything that needs to be accomplished to avoid losing track of what one's goals are

Believe that one's goal is doable and that one has the skills needed to accomplish it

[employee comments goal]

Learn who works best through the phone, email, personal visits, or instant messaging and try to utilize their preferences when communicating with colleagues

Understand that every employee is unique in his/her own way and try to dwell on their positive qualities but not on the negative ones

[employee comments goal]

Be realistic about the time one has set for each goal as well as one's personal background and knowledge about the goal

Seek regular feedback from others about the set goals in order to identify mistakes and rectify them

[employee comments goal]

Give advance notice when the company rolls out new features or launches new initiatives or applications

Learn from past mistakes; look at past missteps and how they were solved to help solve future problems

[employee comments goal]

Define the company's vision and make it available to employees as well as the customers

Surround oneself with people who are experts in long-range planning in order to hone own skills on the same

[employee comments goal]

Use technology to automate important aspects of a project such as a project's status reporting in order to increase productivity

Ensure all team members know their roles in a project and the benefits of delivering on budget and on time

[employee comments goal]

Increase links to networks of individuals and groups from different cultural backgrounds

Promote professional development courses and forums that enhance intercultural competency

[employee comments goal]

Learn how different products can be integrated with or connected to other things

Learn more about the elements that allow customers to extend or customize products

[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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