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Research Assistant Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Research Assistant job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

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Your Name
Research Assistant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Stanford University January 2018 - Present
Senior Research Assistant
Directed a team of four junior research assistants to support a project investigating the application of machine learning in molecular biology, leading to a 35% efficiency increase in data processing
Streamlined data analysis processes using Stata and Python, resulting in a 20% reduction in time taken for data interpretation
Applied advanced statistical methods to validate research findings, enhancing result credibility by 25%
Devised and implemented robust research methodologies, which contributed to a 30% increase in project success rate
Utilized deep learning algorithms to improve predictive modeling accuracy by 40%, enhancing the quality and relevancy of research outputs
Harvard University May 2015 - December 2017
Research Assistant
Conducted comprehensive data analysis using Java and R programming languages, increasing research data utility by 15%
Managed a database of over 10,000 primary research documents using MS Access, enhancing data retrieval efficiency by 30%
Produced five precisely detailed research reports annually, communicating complex scientific results effectively to non-scientific audience
Employed MATLAB to model complex research scenarios, aiding in more accurate experimental setup
Resume Worded January 2013 - April 2015
Junior Research Assistant
Assisted in the development of a computer vision algorithm using C++, leading to a 20% improvement in image recognition accuracy
Participated in a scientific experiment that employed intricate statistical models, enhancing my data interpretation skills
Resume Worded University August 2012
Doctor of Philosophy - Biomedical Science
Thesis on Innovative Gene Editing Techniques
Resume Worded Institute June 2010
Master's degree - Biological Science
Specialized in Molecular Biology
Part-time while working as Junior Research Assistant
Laboratory Skills: PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, Sterile Technique, Cell Culture Proposal Writing
Analytical Skills: Data Analysis, Statistical Analysis (SPSS, SAS, R), Experimental Design
Instrumentation: Microscopy, Spectrophotometry, Centrifugation, Mass Spectrometry
Research Technologies: Prism GraphPad, SeqMan Pro, EndNote, Minitab, Microsoft Office Suite
Certifications: Certified Professional in Biotechnology (2020), Advanced Research Certification (2015)
Publications: Contributed to 10+ scientific articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals
Presentations: Presented research findings at 5 international science conferences
Professional Affiliations: Active member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Your Name
Data Scientist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2019 - Present
Senior Data Scientist
Leveraged machine learning techniques to analyze large datasets, increasing market prediction accuracy by 50%
Commanded a team of 3 data analysts to design and implement complex algorithms using Python, resulting in an efficiency increase of 25%
Formulated a predictive model using deep learning that improved sales forecast accuracy by 35%
Performed data cleaning using R, improving the quality of input data and ensuring reliable results
Published four research papers annually, which made significant contributions to the body of knowledge in data science
Google January 2016 - February 2019
Data Analyst
Developed predictive models using C programming language, leading to a 10% increase in marketing campaign effectiveness
Utilized MATLAB to conduct complex data analyses, improving understanding of market dynamics and customer behavior
Managed a large relational database via Microsoft Access, optimizing data storage and retrieval processes
Resume Worded January 2013 - December 2015
Research Assistant
Compiled and organized data for multiple research projects, resulting in a 30% reduction in retrieval time
Applied basic statistical methods to analyze research data, enhancing my understanding of statistical tools
Resume Worded University December 2015
Ph.D. in Data Science and Machine Learning
Specialized in Predictive Analysis and Algorithm Development
Resume Worded Institute May 2013
Master of Science in Computer Science
Focus on Data Structure and Machine Learning
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Programming: Python (Pandas, Numpy, Scikit-learn), R, SQL, Java, MATLAB
Machine Learning: Natural Language Processing (NLP), Linear & Logistic Regression, Support Vector Machines, Random Forest, Neural Networks
Data Visualization Tools: Tableau, PowerBI, ggplot2
Big Data Tools: Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Pig, AWS S3
Certifications: Certified Data Science Professional (CDSP), IBM Data Science Professional Certification
Professional Associations: Member, Association of Data Scientists, Member, Machine Learning Society
Publications: Co-authored 'Innovations in Machine Learning: An Industry Perspective'
Your Name
Machine Learning Engineer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Tesla Inc. June 2019 - Present
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
Led a team of 3 engineers to design and implement machine learning algorithms using Python, improving process efficiency by 40%
Utilized deep learning techniques to improve the accuracy of autonomous driving systems by 30%
Developed a facial recognition algorithm using computer vision techniques and C++, contributing to heightened vehicle security
Managed extensive databases using SQL, ensuring timely and efficient data retrieval
Published two research papers annually, contributing to the body of knowledge in machine learning and artificial intelligence
Facebook January 2016 - May 2019
Machine Learning Engineer
Implemented innovative machine learning models using Java, increasing the accuracy of ad targeting by 20%
Utilized advanced statistical methods to validate model outputs, enhancing result credibility
Developed and managed a high-performance database using Linux
Resume Worded January 2012 - December 2015
Research Assistant
Contributed to an ML project, improving my understanding of machine learning algorithms and techniques
Assisted in managing a large database of research documents, enhancing my database management skills
Resume Worded Academic Center December 2015
Master of Science - Machine Learning
Focused in Deep Learning Algorithms
Resume Worded University June 2011
Bachelor of Science - Computer Science
Minor in Statistics
Awards: Graduated Magna cum Laude
Programming Languages: Python, C++, Java, R
Machine Learning Frameworks: TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, Scikit-Learn
Big Data Tools: Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, Pandas, NumPy, SciPy
Databases: MySQL, SQL Server, MongoDB
Certifications: Certified Data Scientist - IBM(2020), ExpertAI Certification – NVIDIA(2019)
Leadership & Volunteering: Tech Events Organizer – Resume Worded Community (2012-Present)
Projects: Automated Vehicle Detection Project – Improved Tesla’s autopilot accuracy by 25% (2020)
Publications: ‘Advancements in Deep Learning Algorithms’ – IEEE Transactions (2017)
Your Name
Laboratory Research Assistant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Becton Dickinson June 2019 - Present
Laboratory Research Assistant
Pioneered the development of a novel diagnostic assay, improving the efficiency by 25%
Executed routine lab protocols including PCR, Western Blot and Cell Culture, enhancing lab productivity by 15%
Presented findings in 3 professional conferences, improving BD's credibility in the industry
Authored 2 research papers published in high impact factor journals
Used Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to manage and analyze data, cutting down data processing time by 20%
Maintained lab inventory in Oracle, reducing ordering lead time by 30%
Pfizer October 2015 - May 2019
Lab Technician
Identified flaws in the experimental design, improving assay accuracy by 20%
Prepared cell culture and managed inventory for laboratory materials, cutting cost by 15%
Operated lab machinery including Centrifuges and Microscopes, improving lab efficiency by 10% June 2013 - August 2015
Proficient in ELISA and DNA extraction techniques, improving lab efficiency by 15%
Prepared reports under strict deadlines, reducing data collation time by 20%
Assisted researchers with experimental design, improving assay reliability by 10%
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2013
Master of Science in Biochemistry
Awards: Dean's List 2013 (Top 10%)
Resume Worded University May 2011
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minors in Organic and Physical Chemistry
Research Project: Analysis of DNA Sequences
Part-time during Lab Technician work at Pfizer
Laboratory Skills: Pipetting, Centrifugation, Titration, Aseptic Technique, Lab Safety, Microscopy, DNA Sequencing
Chemical Analysis Techniques: Spectrophotometry, Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, NMR, Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy
Software: LabVIEW, ChemDraw, LabCollector, LIMS, GraphPad Prism
Certifications: Certified Laboratory Safety Professional (CLSP), Certified Medical Lab Technician (CMLT)
Publications & Presentations: Published research findings in Journal of Biochemistry, Presented research at 2020 National Biochemistry Conference
Professional Associations: Member of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
Your Name
Lab Associate
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2020 - Present
Lab Associate
Implemented high throughput screening assays, increasing production efficacy by 60%
Administered troubleshooting of bioinformatics softwares improving resolution rate by 40%
Regularly calculated and prepared solutions, enabling 10% surplus of important reagents
Tracked and logged data into QA/QC database, improving data accuracy by 35%
Collaborated with the quality control team to improve facility's GMP compliance by 20%
Thermo Fisher Scientific August 2015 - December 2019
Biotech Lab Assistant
Developed and optimized extraction procedures, cutting costs by 15%
Performed daily instrument calibration, improving experimental accuracy by 20%
Managed lab storage and retrieval system, cutting down retrieval time by 15%
Novartis May 2013 - July 2015
Lab Intern
Proficient in using molecular biology tools like PCR and Gel Electrophoresis, reducing processing time by 10%
Maintained lab equipment cleanliness, increasing the lifespan by 15%
Assisted in maintaining cell lines, reducing cell culture loss by 10%
Resume Worded Institute December 2019
Molecular Biology Certification
Focused on Molecular Lab Techniques and Biotechnology
Awards: Highest Scorer in Biotechnology Module
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor of Science - Biology
Minors in Chemistry and Genetics
Awards: Dean's List 2012 (Top 10%)
Lab Techniques: Molecular Biology, Cell Culture, PCR, Microscopy, Tissue Processing, Bioinformatics
Software: Bioinformatics Software (BLAST, MEGA), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Data Analysis (SPSS, Python)
Industry Knowledge: Biotechnology, Immunology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology
Certifications: ASCP Molecular Biology Technologist Certification (2021), OSHA Laboratory Safety Certificate
Leadership & Volunteering: Leadership in Biology Student Association, Volunteer at local Science festivals
Projects: Led a project on Genetic Analysis of Rare Species, Co-authored a publication on Cell Biology
Your Name
Research Lab Technician
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2020 - Present
Research Lab Technician
Negotiated better terms with suppliers saving 15% in lab supplies cost
Developed protocols for new experiments, improving repeatability by 20%
Co-authored 5 research publications in peer-reviewed journals
Streamlined lab scheduling via MS Project, reducing time conflicts by 30%
Maintained and calibrated advanced instrumentations like Spectrophotometer, increasing machine uptime by 10%
Merck November 2016 - February 2020
Senior Lab Assistant
Maintained records complying with FDA and GLP regulations
Helped inspect lab to comply with environment, health, and safety standards
Coordinated and trained junior lab assistants, reducing errors by 15%
Resume Worded June 2014 - October 2016
Research Intern
Proficient in using Immunoassay and Flow Cytometry techniques, improving sample process time by 10%
Managed the organisation and archiving of data records
Helped create monthly reports on lab activities, providing comprehensive updates for the management
Resume Worded University May 2016
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Awards: Outstanding Graduate Student Award (Top 5%)
Resume Worded Institute May 2014
Bachelor of Science - Biology & Chemistry
Minors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Participated in extensive laboratory research projects
Lab Techniques: Cell Culture, PCR, Chromatography, Electrophoresis, Spectrophotometry, Titration
Lab Equipment: Centrifuges, Microscopes, Autoclaves, Pipettes, Mass Spectrometers, Bio Safety Cabinets
Software: LabCollector LIMS, LabVIEW, ImageJ, PyMol, GraphPad Prism, Endnote
Regulations & Standards: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Quality Control (QC), Safety protocols
Your Name
Lab Researcher
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Thermo Fisher Scientific July 2018 - Present
Lab Researcher
Developed novel analytical techniques for evaluating complex samples, reducing analysis time by 20%
Wrote grant proposals that won $500k in funding for the lab
Used advanced analytical instruments like NMR Spectrometer, reducing equipment downtime by 10%
Established stringent lab safety and hygiene measures, resulting in zero OSHA violations
Managed the procurement of lab supplies, creating an efficient supply chain which improved efficiency by 15% January 2015 - June 2018
Lab Analyst
Reduced material loss and waste by implementing Just-In-Time Inventory practices
Conducted detailed data analyses, improving project outcomes by 20%
Maintained lab inventory in Oracle, reducing ordering lead time by 30%
Amgen June 2012 - December 2014
Assisted in maintaining lab instruments, reducing equipment downtime by 10%
Managed biohazard waste, maintaining a safe and clean lab environment
Assisted in the inventory, improving lab stock efficiency by 10%
Resume Worded Institute May 2018
Certificate in Biotechnology
Acquired comprehensive understanding of modern Lab equipment
Resume Worded University May 2014
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Specialization in Genetics and Molecular Biology
Thesis: 'The Role of RNA in Viral Replication'
Lab Techniques: Biohazardous Waste Management, Tissue Culture Techniques, Molecular Docking, Gene Cloning, Chromatography
Scientific Software: Prism graphPad, ImageJ, PyMOL, DNASTAR Lasergene, StarBiochem, Mendelian
Lab Instruments: Spectrophotometers, Fluorescence Microscopy, Chromatographs, Electrophoresis Devices, Bioreactors
Certifications: OSHA Lab Safety Certified, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certified
Publications: Co-Author: 'Polymerase Chain Reaction Optimization – A research analysis' Published in Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2016
Projects: Established a fully functional Drosophila melanogaster lab space at
Volunteering: Conducted various STEM workshops for high school students, 2015 – 2017
Your Name
Laboratory Technician
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Becton Dickinson September 2019 - Present
Laboratory Technician
Ventured into experimental data management using Python, which reduced manual intervention by 25%
Ensured routine quality control of reagents, reducing reagent wastage by 15%
Managed regular ordering of consumables and ensured minimal shortage, improving lab inventory management by 20%
Collaborated with cross-functional teams to troubleshoot and resolve technical problems
Wrote and revised SOPs as per lab needs, streamlining laboratory procedures by 10%
Massachusetts General Hospital December 2015 - August 2019
Research Assistant
Devised a strategy for biological sample storage, reducing sample loss by 15%
Expertise in DNA and RNA extraction techniques
Coordinated visits and audit by regulatory bodies
Managed and maintained lab equipment, increasing equipment uptime by 30%
Resume Worded May 2013 - November 2015
Lab Intern
Managed disposal of hazardous chemical waste, complying with environmental regulations
Assisted in maintaining cell culture, reducing contamination by 10%
Prepared reports under strict deadlines, improving reporting efficiency by 10%
Resume Worded Institute August 2019
Certification - Advanced Lab Testing Techniques
Focused on advanced molecular biology techniques, clinical chemistry.
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor of Science - Clinical Laboratory Science
Minors in Biology and Biochemistry
Awards: Dean's List 2011, 2012, and 2013 (Top 10%); Clinical Laboratory Science Scholar Award
Laboratory Software: LAS (Laboratory Information System), Cerner Millennium PathNet, STARLIMS, Meditech, Orchard Harvest LIS
Laboratory Equipment: Automated Hematology Analyzer, Beaker LIS, Clinical Chemistry Analyzer, Automated Blood Culture System
Laboratory Techniques: Microscopy, Centrifugation, PCR, Titration, Sterilization Techniques, Chromatography
Certifications: ASCP Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, 2019; OSHA Laboratory Safety Certification
Volunteering & Community Work: Lab Volunteer, Free Clinic, City Healthcare program (2016 - 2019); Science Mentor, Local High School Science Club
Professional Affiliations: Member, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science; Member, The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

How do I add skills to a Research Assistant resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Research Assistant posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like C++, MATLAB and Machine Learning are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like R (Programming Language) and Python (Programming Language).

Add other common skills from your industry - such as C (Programming Language), LaTeX and Research - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Programming, Science and Deep Learning - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Emphasize accomplishments that involved a team.

Teamwork is a common competency hiring managers look for, particularly for Research Assistant roles, so include at least 1-2 examples of accomplishments that involved leading a team, or collaborating with others to complete a project.

Include examples of your research experience.

Consider including a section in your resume dedicated to your research experience. On Research Assistant resumes, hiring managers want to see research projects which you led or where involved with, and their outcomes.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Research Assistant, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Research Assistant Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Research Assistant job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Research Assistant Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

Research Assistant Soft Skills

Here are common soft skills that appear on Research Assistant job postings. Unlike hard skills, which refer to tools, software or techniques, soft skills focus on character traits and interpersonal skills. Instead of listing these phrases on your resume, try to show them through your bullet points like in the examples below.

  • Laboratory Skills

Tip: Do not list these words or phrases on your resume, and instead focus on the hard skills we described above.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you put on a Research Assistant resume?

Some popular Research Assistant hard skills are MATLAB, Python (Programming Language), C++, LaTeX, R (Programming Language), Research, Machine Learning and C (Programming Language).

Depending on the job you apply to, skills like Cell Biology, Statistics, Science, Deep Learning and Programming can also be good to include on your resume.

How do resume skills compare between a Clinical Research Assistant and a Laboratory Research Assistant?

Popular skills we often see on resumes for Clinical Research Assistant positions include:

  • Clinical Research
  • REDCap
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Clinical Trials
  • Research
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Data Analysis

In comparison, skills we see on Laboratory Research Assistant resumes include:

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Cell Culture
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Python (Programming Language)
  • DNA Extraction
  • Western Blotting

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