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Working As A Doctoral Research Assistant

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $54,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Doctoral Research Assistant does

  • Present research results in conferences and peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Founded and directed a teaching forum for psychology graduate students.
  • Performed PCR, gel electrophoresis, and other experimental procedures.
  • Operated NMR spectrometer for data collection.
  • Evaluated genetic relevance using Affimetrix Chip Microarrays and RT-PCR.
  • Major projects have included: NSF's GK-12 grant for "Fellows in the Middle" (P.I.
  • Characterized the microstructure using XRD, electron microscopy, including FIB-SEM and EDS
  • Assisted professor with research projects.
  • Research in organic chemistry, total synthesis.
  • Filter contamination characterization and analysis using AFM, Raman IR, SEM, and XPS.
  • Served as cell biology and microscopy room officer.
  • Edited and proofread, composed literature reviews.
  • Received funded Masters Scholarship from the department of Biosystems Engineering, UCD.
  • Solved DCIS POMDP using dynamic programming in Python.
  • Characterized cobalt clays by XRD, SEM/EDX, TEM and UV-Vis.
  • Compared pharmacokinetic profiles of brain and systemic drug delivery by disposing hydrophilic compound through nasal and IV routes in rat model.
  • Developed nanocrystalline thin films for solid oxide fuel cells.
  • Increased simulation speed drastically by replacing Monte Carlo simulations with PDE models.
  • Serve as the chemistry advisor to the laboratory group.
  • Received additional training in SAS.

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Doctoral Research Assistant Career Paths

Doctoral Research Assistant
Research Fellow Research Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Research Scientist Senior Scientist
Principal Scientist
12 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Consultant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Doctoral Fellow Research Scientist Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Doctoral Fellow Senior Scientist
Principal Research Scientist
11 Yearsyrs
Doctoral Fellow Staff Scientist
Senior Staff Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Principal Scientist
Senior Principal Scientist
13 Yearsyrs
Scientist Research And Development Scientist
Scientist Senior, Research And Development
9 Yearsyrs
Scientist Senior Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Senior Research Associate Laboratory Manager
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Analyst Chemist
Senior Research Chemist
6 Yearsyrs
PHD Researcher Assistant Professor Senior Research Fellow
Principal Research Economist
7 Yearsyrs
Postdoctoral Scholar Chemist Biologist
Senior Biologist
8 Yearsyrs
Faculty Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
PHD Researcher Staff Scientist Senior Research Associate
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
PHD Researcher Staff Scientist
Senior Associate Scientist
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Co-Founder Chief Technology Officer & Founder
Chief Scientist
11 Yearsyrs
Postdoctoral Scholar Chemist Senior Chemist
Lead Scientist
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Doctoral Student 3.5 years
PHD Researcher 2.9 years
Doctoral Fellow 2.9 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Fellow 2.4 years
Research Scholar 1.7 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Volunteer 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Doctoral Research Assistant
Internship 12.5%
Volunteer 3.0%
Instructor 2.5%
Researcher 2.2%
Tutor 2.0%
Lecturer 1.7%
Assistant 1.6%
Top Careers After Doctoral Research Assistant
Internship 9.2%
Volunteer 4.6%
Scientist 3.8%
Consultant 3.4%
Instructor 3.1%
Fellow 2.9%
Mentor 2.4%
Tutor 2.2%

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Doctoral Research Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

42.2%

Female

36.7%

Unknown

21.1%
Ethnicity

White

47.9%

Asian

25.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Chinese

14.4%

French

13.6%

Mandarin

7.0%

German

5.8%

Russian

4.5%

Korean

4.1%

Portuguese

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Polish

2.5%

Cantonese

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Italian

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Romanian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Zhuang

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%
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Doctoral Research Assistant Education

Schools

North Carolina State University

6.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.9%

University of Texas at Austin

5.7%

Iowa State University

5.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.4%

University of Georgia

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

University of Florida

4.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.9%

Purdue University

4.9%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.9%

New York University

4.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.6%

University of Akron

4.6%

University of Rochester

4.3%

University of Utah

4.3%

University of California - Davis

4.3%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.3%
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Majors

Chemistry

16.1%

Psychology

9.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

7.8%

Biology

7.4%

Chemical Engineering

7.1%

Mechanical Engineering

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Biomedical Engineering

4.9%

Physics

4.8%

Materials Science And Engineering

3.8%

Clinical Psychology

3.8%

Microbiology

3.0%

Business

3.0%

Pharmacy

3.0%

Computer Science

2.8%

Political Science

2.6%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.5%

Genetics

2.5%

Neuroscience

2.4%

Civil Engineering

2.4%
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Degrees

Doctorate

52.3%

Bachelors

20.1%

Masters

19.5%

Other

6.5%

Certificate

0.9%

Associate

0.4%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Doctoral Research Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Doctoral Research Assistant in the United States is $54,512 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $91,000.

Real Doctoral Research Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Research Scholar New York University New York, NY May 01, 2013 $102,996
Assistant Research Scholar University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Assistant Research Scholar University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD Aug 06, 2013 $81,869
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Oct 01, 2015 $65,000
Assistant Research Scholar New York University New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $65,000
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Jan 10, 2015 $65,000
Assistant Research Scholar University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD Jan 04, 2016 $61,476
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Nov 01, 2014 $60,000
Post Doctoral Research Assistant Clemson University North Charleston, SC Sep 01, 2015 $60,000
Researcher (MD or PHD)-Assistant In Physics General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jan 12, 2015 $60,000
Post Doctoral Research Assistant Purdue University West Lafayette, IN May 01, 2013 $60,000
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Nov 11, 2013 $60,000
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Portland State University Portland, OR Aug 01, 2014 $48,816
Post Doctoral Research Assistant Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Nov 14, 2016 $48,000
Postdoctoral Trainee Ut Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2015 $48,000
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Sep 17, 2014 $47,500
Post Doctoral Fellow-Research Asst. Hartford Hospital Hartford, CT Jan 12, 2016 $47,000
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Feb 04, 2013 $46,667
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Apr 01, 2013 $46,667
Postdoctoral Research Assistant Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Oct 21, 2014 $46,667
Postdoctoral Research Assistant The University of Mississippi University, MS Jan 04, 2014 $44,920
Postdoctoral Research Assistant The University of Mississippi University, MS Apr 01, 2014 $44,920
Postdoctoral Trainee I Lankenau Institute for Medical Research PA Oct 01, 2015 $44,780
Postdoctoral Trainee Northwestern University Evanston, IL Jan 01, 2013 $44,641
Post Doctoral Research Assistant Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Dec 02, 2016 $44,625
University Postdoctoral Research Assistant The Ohio University Athens, OH Dec 23, 2014 $44,616
Post Doctoral Research Assistant Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Jan 11, 2016 $44,250
Post Doctoral Research Assistant Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Nov 01, 2016 $44,250

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Top Skills for A Doctoral Research Assistant

  1. Research Projects
  2. Cell Culture
  3. Protein
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  • Led and contributed to multiple research projects on developing cathode and electrolyte materials for lithium-ion batteries.
  • Established model cell culture systems to study virus replication in wooden plants.
  • Performed extensive molecular docking simulations of protein interactions with polymeric surfaces.
  • Conceive, design, and perform fluorescence microscopy experiments and imaging analysis, followed by statistical data analysis.
  • Write meeting reports, research proposals, articles in peer-review journals and PhD thesis.

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