A research fellow holds a time-limited research position at a university, clinic, or similar environment. They continue their academic training in the research program of a principal investigator, helping build their experience and contribute to their field. Some tasks that research fellows may perform include designing laboratory experiments, applying standard scientific protocols to experiments and research, helping improve current investigatory methods, and evaluating emerging techniques in the field as required. Research fellows draft and edit scientific reports and articles, as well as design and perform experiments and record data according to the needs of the project. They may also need to independently reproduce, research, and improve techniques currently used and convert to new techniques as required. Research fellows typically work full time in a laboratory environment, although hours and environment may vary depending on the project's needs.
A doctoral degree is typically required for research fellows, although a lower-level terminal degree (such as a master's degree) may be accepted depending on the program. Previous research experience - including prior published work - are required as well. Research fellows must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. They must be able to demonstrate attention to detail and have strong organizational skills as well.
Research Fellow Tasks
Use independent judgment to conceive, conduct and evaluate new and existing technologies and products; prepare findings for scientific publication.
Operate technical and scientific equipment for scientific experimentation.
Participate in related technical or professional societies as a recognized authority.
Provide coaching and supervision to lower level research scientists.
Conduct highly complex research and analysis on multi-disciplinary technical projects.