Most of the time, research associates in molecular biology work at laboratories on the campuses of universities or colleges. However, they may also work for other industries, such as pharmaceutical companies. Together with tenured researchers, they coauthor research reports. They work on various clinical trial studies. They may be involved in subject recruitment and interviewing subjects. They enroll eligible subjects. They attend community events in an effort to find participants from the community that are suitable as research subjects for their studies. They screen prospective research subjects.
Research associates must protect privacy and confidentiality. They must be very organized. They prepare documents relevant to the studies and research findings. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must have good interpersonal skills. They must be able to make presentations using various media. They must be familiar with Microsoft Office and their organization's computer system. They must be able to operate software that is being used at their laboratory, in order to analyze data. They must be able to work independently with no or minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment. They must be able to multitask and pay attention to details.
Employers prefer that candidates have a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology or other related fields. A master’s degree in a relevant field is a plus.
Research Associate, Molecular Biology Tasks
Conduct laboratory experiments according to established procedures.
Maintain lab equipment and ensure that inventory is accurately recorded.
Record experimental results accurately and consistently.
Anticipate and resolve issues encountered during experimental procedures.