Research Associate

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
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • focus on sciences such as earth science, biology, botany, chemistry and biology

Education/Training Required:

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.

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