Research Fellow Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 21,509 Research Fellow resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Research Fellow Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Cell Culture, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Research Fellow Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Research Fellow CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand research fellow skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a research fellow : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Research Fellow
Protein, 13%
DNA, 4%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 21,509 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a research fellow job required by employers is 5.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average research fellow job listing asks for 5.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average research fellow candidate have?
The average research fellow resume contains 4.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your research fellow skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from research fellow resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Research Fellow

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Research Fellow
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Psychology
  • Served on Radiation Safety and Biosafety committees.
  • Determined conditions for ChIP-seq and RNA-seq libraries contractions using low input amount of DNA and RNA.
  • Gained expertise in the synthesis of modified fluorescent nucleosides for use in molecular beacons.
  • Experience in analyzing protein-protein interactions for structure-based inhibitor design.
  • Implemented QC checkpoints/stringent protocols to reduce error and contamination.
Research Fellow

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Research Fellow
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Medicine
  • Conducted electrophoresis for DNA analysis and comparison.
  • Completed safety training to comply with GLP and OSHA standards.
  • Used DOE for a PECVD process that increased throughput by 100% and reduced film thickness non-uniformity by 50%.
  • Helped to Increase International Student Awareness by 50%.
  • Train laboratory personnel on microbiology SOPs and methods; supervise personnel within the microbiology laboratory.
Research Fellow

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Research Fellow
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Biotechnology
  • Analyzed the metabolic pathways of F420* biosynthesis in Mycobacterium using molecular biology and biochemistry approaches.
  • Gained experience in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry techniques
  • Perform chromosomal microdeletion analysis including characterization of breakpoints, DNA sequencing and candidate gene evaluation.
  • Developed new techniques to extract cell-surface associated proteins from biofilm cells.
  • Project: Recombinant Expression of Spider Silk Proteins in a Leishmania tarentolae background.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Research Fellow
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Biology
  • Initiated a third project aimed at testing the power of simple measurements for predicting high-level structure of a multispecies ecosystem.
  • Induce differentiation in neural stem cells and investigate zinc homeostasis during differentiation by FACS and RT-PCR.
  • Performed synthesis of radiolabelled compounds.
  • Scaled Building Vibration - Designed scalded building for vibration tests using SolidWorks.
  • Developed a hypothesis from reading peer-reviewed literature.
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As a research fellow, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Research Fellow roles often require a Post-Doctoral Training degree or higher, so the majority of research fellow resumes that we looked at contained a post-doctoral training degree.
Based on our analysis of research fellow resumes, the most common major for research fellow candidates is Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, but other majors made their way in as well. Chemistry, Biology and Microbiology were relatively common.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Research Fellow Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Research Fellows. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Research Fellows to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%