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Working As A Research Associate R & D

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $66,730

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Associate R & D Do

Biological technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Duties

Biological technicians typically do the following:

  • Set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes
  • Gather and prepare biological samples, such as blood, food, and bacteria cultures, for laboratory analysis
  • Conduct biological tests and experiments 
  • Document their work, including procedures, observations, and results
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results
  • Write reports that summarize their findings

Most biological technicians work on teams. Biological technicians typically are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists or other scientists who direct and evaluate their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments, advanced robotics, and automated equipment to conduct experiments. They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data. Some biological technicians collect samples in the field, so they may need certain skills, such as the ability to hike long distances over sometimes rugged terrain to collect water samples.

Biological technicians work in many research areas. They may assist medical researchers by helping to develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases.

Biological technicians working in a microbiological context, sometimes referred to as laboratory assistants, typically study living microbes and perform techniques specific to microbiology, such as growing cultures in petri dishes or staining specimens to aid in their identification.

Technicians working in biotechnology apply the knowledge and techniques they have gained from basic research to product development.  

Biological technicians also may work in private industry and assist in the study of a wide range of topics concerning mining and industrial production. They may test samples in environmental impact studies, or monitor production processes to help ensure that products are not contaminated.

Biological technicians working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture or other government agencies may perform biological testing to support agricultural research and wildlife and resource management goals.

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How To Become A Research Associate R & D

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while they are in school.

Education

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. Most colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in the biological sciences.

Biological science programs usually include courses in general biology, as well as in specific subfields such as ecology, microbiology, and physiology. In addition to taking courses in biology, students must study chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Computer science courses are helpful for learning how to model and simulate biological processes and for learning how to operate some laboratory equipment. 

Laboratory experience is important for prospective biological technicians, so students should take biology courses that emphasize laboratory work.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Biological technicians need to conduct scientific experiments and analyses with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Biological technicians must understand and follow the instructions of their managing scientists. They also need to be able to communicate their processes and findings clearly in written reports.

Critical-thinking skills. Biological technicians draw conclusions from experimental results through sound reasoning and judgment.

Observational skills. Biological technicians must constantly monitor their experiments. They need to keep a complete, accurate record of their work, including the conditions under which the experiment was carried out, the procedures they followed, and the results they obtained.

Technical skills. Biological technicians need to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust equipment to ensure that experiments are conducted properly.

Other Experience

Prospective biological technicians should have laboratory experience. In addition to coursework, students may gain laboratory experience during summer internships with prospective employers, such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers, or in university laboratories.

Advancement

Biological technicians may advance to scientist positions, such as microbiologist, after a few years of experience working as a technician or after earning a master’s degree or Ph.D. Gaining more experience and higher levels of education often allows biological technicians to move into positions such as natural sciences managers or postsecondary teachers.

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Research Associate R & D Career Paths

Research Associate R & D
Quality Control Analyst Business Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Therapist Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Laboratory Manager Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Scientist Project Manager Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Graduate Researcher Engineer Environmental Engineer
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Graduate Researcher Research Fellow Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Business Unit Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Quality Control Analyst Microbiologist
Microbiology Laboratory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Project Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Scientist Project Leader Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Production Supervisor
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst Senior Analyst
Research Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Adjunct Instructor Research Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Scientist Research And Development Manager Research And Development Director
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Research Scientist 3.8 years
Research Biologist 3.6 years
Scientist 3.4 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Assistant 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Research Associate R & D
Internship 9.3%
Scientist 3.4%
Associate 2.5%
Chemist 2.5%
Top Careers After Research Associate R & D
Scientist 6.6%
Consultant 4.6%
Specialist 2.3%
Internship 2.3%
Associate 2.3%
Director 2.0%

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Research Associate R & D Demographics

Gender

Female

47.9%

Male

46.5%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

50.5%

Asian

22.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

9.0%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.4%

French

20.4%

Chinese

8.2%

German

6.1%

Mandarin

6.1%

Russian

6.1%

Portuguese

4.1%

Cantonese

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Hindi

4.1%

Bulgarian

2.0%

Turkish

2.0%

Marathi

2.0%

Gothic

2.0%

Tagalog

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Research Associate R & D Education

Schools

San Jose State University

7.7%

Johns Hopkins University

7.7%

University of California - San Diego

7.0%

University of California - Irvine

7.0%

Northeastern University

6.3%

San Diego State University

6.3%

University of Delaware

6.3%

University of Washington

4.9%

University of California - Santa Barbara

4.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.9%

University of California - Santa Cruz

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.5%

University of California - Davis

3.5%

University of Utah

3.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.5%

University of Pennsylvania

3.5%

University of Florida

2.8%
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Majors

Biology

20.3%

Chemistry

15.2%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

10.3%

Business

6.6%

Pharmacy

6.6%

Biotechnology

6.4%

Chemical Engineering

5.9%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

3.7%

Biomedical Engineering

3.7%

Psychology

2.7%

Political Science

2.5%

Finance

2.5%

Microbiology

2.2%

Marketing

2.0%

Computer Science

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Physics

1.7%

Public Health

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.5%

Nursing

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.4%

Masters

35.1%

Doctorate

9.6%

Other

9.5%

Certificate

3.7%

Associate

1.2%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Research Associate R & D Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Research Associate, R&D Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. New York, NY Mar 10, 2016 $115,000
Research Associate, International Development & Governance The Urban Institute Washington, DC Nov 22, 2016 $111,675
Research & Development Associate OFS Fitel, LLC Somerset, NJ Sep 30, 2014 $108,227
Research & Development Associate OFS Fitel, LLC Somerset, NJ Sep 30, 2014 $107,100
Research & Development Associate OFS Fitel, LLC Somerset, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $105,000
R&D Associate-Atomistic Modeling of Energy Dissipation Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Dec 12, 2016 $95,004
Research & Development Associate OFS Fitel, LLC Somerset, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $95,000
R & D Associate Metal Fatigue Solutions Inc. Saint George, UT May 09, 2016 $93,000
R & D Associate Metal Fatigue Solutions Las Vegas, NV Aug 26, 2016 $92,851
R&D Associate Blue Sky Studios, Inc. Greenwich, CT Sep 03, 2015 $92,000
Research and Development Associate Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Sep 21, 2016 $91,326
R&D Associate Staff/Biogeochemical Cycle Modeler Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Oct 20, 2014 $90,000
R&D Associate/Battery Manufacturing Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Jun 09, 2014 $89,004
Biochemist/R&D Associate Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Jan 17, 2012 $88,332
Research and Development Associate II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Sep 01, 2012 $69,019
Research and Development Associate Tensile Evolution North America, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 17, 2015 $68,000
Research and Development Associate Tensile Evolution North America, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2015 $68,000
R&D Research Associate Electrochem, Inc. Woburn, MA Aug 30, 2012 $67,787
Research & Development Associate II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2011 $67,678
Research Associate, Analytical Development Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Mar 02, 2016 $66,685
Research and Development Associate II ` Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2011 $66,572
Research and Development Associate II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Sep 13, 2014 $66,130
R&D Associate II Medimmune LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 08, 2016 $60,168
Research and Developement Associate II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2011 $60,008
Research and Development Associate II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Aug 22, 2011 $60,008
Research Associate, Bioprocess Development Repligen Corporation Waltham, MA Jul 30, 2014 $60,000
Research Associate III, Assay Development/Hts Broad Institute Cambridge, MA Aug 27, 2015 $59,527
R&D Associate II University of Massachusetts Medical School Boston, MA Jan 08, 2016 $57,928
Research and Development Associate I Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Dec 30, 2014 $56,976
Research & Development Associate II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 25, 2013 $56,976

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  • Collaborated with suppliers to verify product improvements of new product formulas and reported results to senior management.
  • Maintain cell culture lines used in assays, perform routine lab maintenance including new equipment setup, instrument calibration and ordering.
  • Developed, implemented and validated automated methods for machine self-diagnostics and maintenance.
  • Performed Dissolution, Assay, Content uniformity and Impurities testing, including all necessary calculations associated with test analyses.
  • Developed templates for effective entry of data ensuring compliance with the standard operating procedures.

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