An associate research scientist helps design and implement research projects, which includes analyzing information for those projects. They may perform different laboratory tests and analyze project information; the research may include medical testing with laboratory equipment. These scientists help store project data and must be good at organizing the data and information that is part of the research. They also need to be able to communicate about results and data with other supervisors and colleagues on the project, as well as with funders and project leaders.
The associate research scientist generally works in a lab or office setting, which may include the research facilities of a corporation or university funding the project. They typically have a bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field and experience working in a lab setting. They need to have expertise in the field being studied and be able to understand concepts explored in the research, as well as skills in operating equipment used in the research. These scientists must have excellent time-management skills as well, because there may be deadlines and other important milestones that need to be met.
The associate research scientist typically works during regular business hours, although overtime or alternate hours may be required depending on the needs of the research project.
Associate Research Scientist Tasks
Maintain laboratory space and equipment, including basic maintenance and troubleshooting.
Analyze data and present findings in team meetings.
Supervise interns, students, or junior staff members.
Follow experimental protocols and document results.
Create standard operating procedures and other documentation.