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Definitions: What is a Research Associate?

We previously identified “research associate” as a top job title in 2022 and the role of a research associate is increasingly important in a wide range of industries, from healthcare and biotechnology to education and social sciences. These professionals play a vital role in assisting with research projects, conducting experiments, analyzing data, and contributing to the development of new knowledge and understanding. So what is a research associate? A research associate is typically a professional who works in a research setting, often in academia, industry or government, and supports the research efforts of a team or individual. Research associates may have a range of responsibilities, including designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, writing reports, and presenting findings. In some cases, a research associate may also be responsible for overseeing the work of other research staff, such as technicians or assistants. Depending on the specific role and industry, a research associate may need to have specialized skills and knowledge in a particular field, such as biology, chemistry, engineering, or social sciences. In academia, research associates may be postdoctoral fellows who have completed their doctoral studies and are working on advanced research projects. In industry or government, research associates may have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field and work on projects related to product development, policy analysis, or scientific discovery. Here are some job titles that are often adjacent to or related to the role of a research associate in the sciences: 1. Research Assistant 2. Laboratory Technician 3. Postdoctoral Researcher 4. Research Scientist 5. Data Analyst 6. Project Manager 7. Technical Writer 8. Quality Assurance Specialist 9. Regulatory Affairs Associate 10. Clinical Research Coordinator Some of our open positions