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

A Senior Research Scientist is liable for developing new products and contributing to scientific understanding within their field in companies.

Primary responsibilities for this position are proposing, planning and managing research projects, report preparation, and presentation of their findings, leading the formulation, development, and optimization of new programs, designs, and prototypes, participation in research expressing and writing with other staff members, assessing new technologies and future applications of technologies, designing and conducting experiments in a laboratory setting, collecting and analyzing data, preparing reports, publishing and presenting reports and research papers, developing new theories and methodologies, serving as team leaders for the projects.

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


Seek to improve that which does not please the supervisors

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

[employee comments goal]

Embrace the right attitude every day you show up for work

Desire to always work to the very best of your ability

[employee comments goal]

Think creatively and outside job descriptions in order to explore different avenues as a way of embracing change

Consistently maintain composure even when stressed and learn to embrace mishaps with renewed energy

[employee comments goal]

Place goals in a place where one automatically sees them in order to stay motivated, focused and committed to staying on task

Motivate oneself with post pictures, articles, or words of affirmation about the task one is working on

[employee comments goal]

Always discuss a problem with the person involved instead of discussing it with other employees behind his/her back

Keep deadlines and commitments and make sure all affected colleagues know in advance when one is not in a position to meet these commitments

[employee comments goal]

Do quality and proactive risk management throughout, and avoid immediate reaction to changes

Try to imagine possible outcomes of a particular decision and potential problems that might ensue from it

[employee comments goal]

Make sure to collect relevant data and take actions based on hard facts rather than on guesswork

Check in regularly with the plan in order to modify it in light of any changes, progress, or setbacks

[employee comments goal]

Decide what projects or tasks need to be completed first and make sure that everyone is onboard

Create a skills catalog in order to make sure that the right resources are available where and when one needs them

[employee comments goal]

Develop and implement policies that assure the rights of all people are considered regardless of their cultural background

Engage professionals and local people to teach and model intercultural competence

[employee comments goal]

Learn how to install and configure a wide range of products

Put extra effort to know the product specifications on a wide range of products and the related terminologies

[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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