What does a Research Assistant do?

Professors and scientists who conduct large research projects at universities and colleges often need help completing the large amount of research involved in their studies. Research assistants are the ones who do most of the experimentation and data-gathering in these large scientific and medical studies. As a research assistant, you're guided by the head of research to perform experiments and collect data essential to the study. You may also responsible for some administrative assistant duties in. Current graduate students often become research assistants while they finish their studies, and research assistants may eventually become professors or researchers themselves.

A bachelor's degree in a related field of study is usually required. Research assistants must also understand lab safety and techniques. They must have sufficient relative experience to be able to perform research independently and without major guidance.

  • Collect research data through experimentation, surveys and the leading of focus groups
  • Enter data into computer databases and other software
  • Provide maintenance and calibration for lab equipment on a regular basis
  • Design experiments and focus groups to gather the collection of data as determined by the head of research
  • Lead smaller projects that are parts of the main study
  • Schedule appointments with test subjects over the phone and through email
  • Help other lab technicians perform experiments related to the study
  • Perform administrative tasks such as managing test subject records, answering phone calls and scheduling lab maintenance
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and an interest in continued knowledge of technology as it evolves
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a large research team
  • At least one year of related research experience preferred
  • Comfortable performing experiments alone without close guidance or supervision
  • Excellent communication skills in verbal and written formats
  • You have a keen eye for detail and organization
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including both days and nights performing research or data entry
  • Desire to perform accurate and ethical research to achieve results for the study
  • Ability to negotiate and openness to learning new ways of performing research

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
44%
2 - 4
24%
5 - 7
2%
8+
30%

Common Skill Sets

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Composure
Degree IN Psychology
Dexterity
GOOD Communication
EXCEL
Keystrokes
Meet Deadlines

Research Assistant Seniority Levels

L2
Research Assistant
£28,875/yr
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Research Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

£28,879 /yr
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£21K
Median: £29K
£39K
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