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Research Assistant

Carry out specified research tasks and analyse data.

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.

Research Assistant

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


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The minimum educational requirements to become a Research Assistant will depend on the employer. A degree in a relevant discipline with research experience (Honours) is commonly required, although some employers may require a Masters level qualification.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in your field of interest. Depending on the course you choose, it will take between 3-6 years to complete.
  2. Consider completing a Masters degree, which will take between 1-2 years.
  3. 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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How do Research Assistants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 9 Research Assistants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
2.7
Job security
2.9
Pay / Salary
2.9
Variety of work
3.7

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Aug 2019
Medical research is as challenging as it is rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Neuroscience
The good things
Being a Research Assistant is a highly rewarding experience. Through volunteering, I was ultimately put forward for a full-time position in a renowned laboratory. I was able to learn from highly exper...
The challenges
Working temporarily without an income comes with inherent challenges, however, it is one of the most important ways of demonstrating your interest and dedication in a competitive environment. Workin...
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Aug 2019
Research is challenging but rewarding job that helps to make a real impact on people’s lives
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Health Research
The good things
Research work is good for people who are retail oriented and organised. Particularly in health research, you can see that the work you do makes a real impact on people’s lives. There are a lot of oppo...
The challenges
Working as a researcher can be challenging, particularly outside of the university context as you’re responsible for many projects and need to be able to distribute your time across the demands of var...
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