Is there a common standard for the title hierarchy of research positions in the English language? Excluding people who do research such as students or professors, but purely researchers. Something in engineering such as, Junior Programmer and Senior Programmer.
I have heard of these, and in what I assume is a hierarchy:
- Research assistant
- Assistant researcher
- Senior researcher
Is there such thing as "Principal Researcher" which describes the job position as opposed to the PI on a project. Would this title be given to more than one person in the same lab?
Purpose of the question: In other languages, specifically in Asia, there are many words for hierarchy in both business and academia. Google translate does not work, as it just recommends "senior" for many of the words, but in the native language they are much different, and are all above the standard "Researcher" position. The research institute would like things like business cards and website to make sense to other countries and native English speakers. As of now, the native language shows two different words, but in English they are the same "Senior Researcher", which makes it difficult to understand/explain what position the person is in.