5 Research Assistant Resume Examples That Work in 2022

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: March 4, 2022

Depending on the type of research you do, in order to be a successful research assistant, you need to be a great data analyst, a top-notch lab technician, a participant coordinator, and a librarian all rolled into one.

Demonstrating command of these vastly different skillsets on your research assistant resume can feel overwhelming.

Not to worry, this resume guide is meant to make that process much easier. Sometimes research positions, though, will require a CV instead of a resume. Check out our CV guide if you think this may apply to you. 

If you still need a resume, these 5 research assistant resume examples have helped researchers of different disciplines from economics to psychology to biochemistry land jobs in top labs and departments in 2022 so they're a great source of inspiration to help you get started.

Research Assistant Resume

Research Assistant resume example

Why this resume works

  • Your research assistant resume needs to make it clear what the scope of the research you worked on in your past roles was. Remember the person reviewing your resume doesn't have the same knowledge or context on your work as you do. They're coming in blind.
    • Demonstrating that you don't lose the forest for the trees also shows that you know how to talk about your research effectively. This is something every primary investigator needs in an assistant.  
  • If any of the research you contributed led to a publication, be sure to mention that! While this isn't the ultimate goal of research, it is definitely a great feather in your cap.
  • A critical component of any research is data analysis. Is this something you have experience with? If so, include that on your research assistant resume!
    • Be sure to mention any specific tools you used to conduct this analysis (SAS, R, Python, etc..) and the techniques you used for your analysis (regression, clustering, etc..).

Undergraduate Research Assistant Resume

Undergraduate Research Assistant resume example

Why this resume works

  • When you're looking to get a role as an undergraduate research assistant, there is an implicit understanding that you may not have a lot of real-world experience under your belt to talk about on your resume. That's why it's encouraged you mention any work experience you have.
    • While being a resident adviser doesn't seem like it has a lot in common with an undergraduate psychology research assistant position, including this experience on this resume still major benefits. It demonstrates responsibility, the ability to work with others, and the ability to take initiative. These are all attributes researchers are looking for when they hire undergrads.
  • When it comes to your undergraduate research assistant resume, the resume template you choose can play a big factor in determining whether you get an interview or not.
    • Choose a template that can help cover for the fact that you don't have a lot of experience but doesn't look like you're just trying to fill up space.

Entry-Level Research Assistant Resume

Entry Level Research Assistant resume example

Why this resume works

  • Your entry level research assistant resume should most likely include a resume objective. This is the place to showcase where your research interests lay.
    • This economics student demonstrates an interest in labor economics, and more specifically in the impact of minimum wage increases, in both their "projects" and in their resume objective.
    • Put yourself in the shoes of the person hiring an entry level research assistant. Don't you think they are much more likely to give you an interview if you have demonstrated interest in their research area?
    • If you don't yet have experience in that research area then the resume objective is the perfect place to highlight that interest.
      • This means you should customize your resume (and resume objective) for each role you apply to.
  • When you're a student applying for an entry level research assistant role it's also a good idea to include any classes you completed that are relevant to the research area you're applying to.
    • For example, this student could have included any economics classes they've completed so far. More specifically, including a class like "labor economics" would really help their resume stand out.

Laboratory Research Assistant Resume

Laboratory Research Assistant resume example

Why this resume works

  • Your laboratory research assistant resume needs to make crystal clear the bench techniques you have experience with. If the job you're applying to mentions specific techniques that you have experience with then including them on your resume will drastically increase your chances of getting an interview.
    • Hiring managers are looking for quick determinations that you're qualified (or not) for their role. If this person was applying for a role that listed "CRISP based techniques" as a requirement, then the hiring manager can easily check that box on their list and give the resume a more thorough, thoughtful review.
  • When it comes to your lab assistant resume, numbers speak louder than words. Numbers give more credibility to what you're claiming and they have the added benefit of grabbing the eye of the person reviewing your resume.
    • These numbers can be rough estimates. You can frame your performance in terms of publications, the number of people you managed, the money you saved your lab, the amount of grant funding you helped acquire, the outcome of a data analysis you did. Really anything that has some tangible, measurable output can be included.
  • If you're not sure whether your resume has everything it needs or you're not sure if it's good enough (even though I'm confident it is because you're amazing) then run it through our free resume checker.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Resume

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Resume Example

Why this resume works

  • This might actually be a role where we recommend including a resume objective as it’s effective if you have limited work experience.
    • The objective allows you to introduce yourself and tell the hiring manager why you’re interested in the job. Make sure to specialize it, by including the job title and company name (or lab PI) on every resume you submit!
  • You can leverage projects on your postdoctoral research assistant resume if you don’t have much work experience.
    • Consider including projects such as club membership (like a journal club or college team), volunteer experiences, or independent research. 

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