What's it like to be a Research Assistant?
Research Assistants provide support to research teams who are conducting experiments or gathering and analysing data. They work in different kinds of organisations including medical research centres, consulting firms, universities, market research firms and think tanks. Research Assistants typically work under the supervision of Research Fellows.
Tasks and duties
- Carrying out experiments and research in alignment with protocols set by senior team members.
- Collecting and recording data.
- Conducting analyses of datasets.
- Preparing models to display results.
- Reviewing academic literature.
- Creating presentations based off key results.
- Fact checking, editing and proofreading research documents for accuracy and consistency.
- Maintaining laboratory equipment and inventory.
- Recruiting study participants.
What can I earn as a Research Assistant?
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How to become a Research Assistant
- Complete a bachelor degree in your field of interest. Depending on the course you choose, it will take between 3-6 years to complete.
- Consider completing a Masters degree, which will take between 1-2 years.
- If you go on to complete a PhD in your chosen field, you may be able to advance to become a Research Fellow.
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