Researcher 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 50,483 Researcher 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 Researcher 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 Lab Equipment, 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 Researcher 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 Researcher 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
For Researchers, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on researcher resumes is lab equipment, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: cell culture. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a researcher.
Top Skills for a Researcher
DNA, 5%
Rt-Pcr, 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 50,483 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a researcher job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average researcher job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average researcher candidate have?
The average researcher resume contains 2.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your researcher skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from researcher resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Research Trainee

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Researcher
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Biology
  • Obtained and processed data from hotels, and performed linear regression modeling using SPSS.
  • Participated as a subject in multiple computer based psychology experiments.
  • Performed isolation of plant genomic DNA, purification and quantification.
  • Participated in the creation of species specific DNA primers used during PCR.
  • Designed and engineered fusion protein containing microRNA transcript within its intron.
Chemistry Teaching Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Researcher
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Biology
  • Discussed proper mathematics teaching strategies and developed varieties of student activities to accommodate diverse learning styles.
  • Assist graduate students in lab work and prepare cultures for microbiology lab classes.
  • Led physiology lab, created lecture & quiz materials, graded quizzes & reports.
  • Tutored 6-10 students in Biology for their Standards of Learning (SOL) examination.
  • Helped 1L students with legal research question and problems.
Laboratory Researcher

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Researcher
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Biology
  • Designed DNA templates for the expression of altered proteins in E. coli.
  • Assist Jacqueline Barlow of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department, UC Davis
  • Perform Microtome sectioning Arabidopsis roots, staining them, prepare microscope slide, and record data.
  • Created numerous databases for research projects using SAS.
  • Manipulate genes through PCR, DNA extraction, and Gibson Assembly methods.
Student Volunteer (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Researcher
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Biology
  • Developed UI with Struts Tiles framework, JMS, HTML, JSP, JavaScipt, JQuery to present Client side GUI.
  • Utilized AAC devices and Picture Exchange Communication System as prescribed by IEP Goals Evaluated multiple students using screenings and formal assessments.
  • Tutored youth from at-risk backgrounds in all subjects, including writing, reading comprehension, and mathematics.
  • RESEARCH Applied Mathematics Senior Project New York, New York.
  • Research grants for funding opportunities.
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As a researcher, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Researcher roles often require a Post-Doctoral Training degree or higher, so the majority of researcher resumes that we looked at contained a post-doctoral training degree.
Based on our analysis of researcher resumes, the most common major for researcher candidates is Biology, but other majors made their way in as well. Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering 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

Researcher 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 Researchers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Researchers to learn more.

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