Research Assistant job description

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Description

Research Assistants are required to work under the supervision of experienced professionals, such as researchers, to collect and analyze data. These workers participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of new investigative procedures in different fields of study such as social sciences, medical, business administration, etc. Among duties of these assistants are cleaning laboratory equipment, conducting interviews, performing clerical tasks, searching for background information, setting up experiment stations, and other activities. They may work at corporations, academic institutions, or nonprofit agencies.

Research Assistants usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Following up studies.
• Tracking participants.
• Creating methods of survey.
• Preparing tables and graphs for reports.
•   Conducting experiments.

Skills

• Having analytical skills.
• Being able to work with a team.
• Having good IT skills.
• Being able to communicate information to others effectively.
• Having understanding of the need for confidentiality.
• Being able to grasp new procedures.
• Having high attention to details.
• Being able to check data to ensure accuracy.
• Having good communication skills.
• Being self-motivated.

Education

Applicants for Research Assistant jobs are required to have studies and experience related to the field of their future jobs. These requirements may vary according to employers, including cases where it is necessary to have a Bachelor´s or Master´s Degree. Those who want to work in a legal team inside a company need to have knowledge in legal matters, while persons who want to work in publishing companies are required to have a Bachelors and Associate Degree in English and Journalism. Candidates are required to have a Master´s or Doctorate Degree to work as research assistants at Universities. Students who want to work in this field are encouraged to conduct researches with professors in order to obtain suitable experience, skills, and knowledge for future posts.

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