Research associates perform and document research trials and projects under the supervision of a principal investigator (PI). The type of research that associates perform will depend on the PI that they work for. These tasks typically involve using cutting-edge research techniques and equipment.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Assist on research project teams as assigned by research management
- Work within agreed budgets and reporting deadlines
- Conduct experiments as outlined by the PI
- Perform complex and routine laboratory testing
- Write research proposals to secure funding
- Use computer software to analyze results
- Perform research using scientific journals
- Collect data and summarize key findings
- Prepare comprehensive reports and presentations
- Actively participate in research discussions and meetings
- Maintain analytical equipment to ensure operational requirements are met
- Utilize state-of-the-art technologies to complete research projects
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- focus on sciences such as earth science, biology, botany, chemistry and biology
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a science-related field like animal science, natural resource management, plant breeding, agronomy, crop science, soil science, biology or a related field is preferred to become a research associate. Some companies may require a doctoral degree for this position.