Research Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities of Various Research Assistant Levels

Also see Research Technician job levels.

162001 Research Assistant 1 (nonexempt salary grade 07, working 37.5-hour week)

Research Assistant 1 Job Description Template and follow the RA1 Guide

  • Work under moderate supervision
  • Perform research work in medical and related technical areas involving the use of lab/ research skills
  • Conduct analysis of samples
  • Record results for a particular experiment or closely related series of experiments
  • Maintain records of experiments
  • Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments
  • Order laboratory supplies
  • Bachelor of science degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years experience

162032 Research Assistant 2 (nonexempt salary grade 10, working 37.5-hour week)

Research Assistant 2 Job Description Template and follow the RA2 Guide

  • Perform duties of Research Assistant 1 and in addition:
  • Work under general supervision
  • Plan and carry out project in accordance with general plans
  • Conduct a series of experiments to supply scientific information as part of a larger project
  • May assist in developing improved techniques, projection methods or procedures
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Oversee inventory
  • Train new staff; direct the work of students
  • Bachelor of science degree and 1 to 3 years of experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 2 to 4 years of experience

161023 Research Assistant 3 (exempt salary grade 12, working 40-hour week)

Research Assistant 3 Job Description Template and follow the RA3 Guide

  • Perform duties of Research Assistant 2 and in addition:
  • Work under limited supervision
  • Work closely with the principal investigator
  • Coordinate laboratory/ research activities
  • Carry out complex research assignments of a non-routine nature
  • Utilize new and innovative research techniques involving a high degree of skill and training
  • Evaluate adequacy of techniques; study and test new procedures and analyses
  • Devise new protocols and techniques for research projects
  • May monitor the laboratory budget
  • May supervise students and technicians
  • May co-author research projects
  • Bachelor of science degree and 3 to 5 years of experience

161024 Research Assistant 4 (exempt salary grade 14, working 40-hour week)

Research Assistant 4 Job Description Template and follow the RA4 Guide

  • Perform duties of Research Assistant 3 and in addition:
  • Work with a high degree of independence and under general direction
  • Coordinate major activities of laboratory/ research staff
  • Perform the most complex quantitative analytical procedures
  • Provide input and recommendations to the principle investigator regarding significant developments in research projects
  • Assist in developing procedures, coordinate information with others as needed
  • May supervise research assistants and technicians
  • Co-author research projects
  • Teach or instruct others in research techniques
  • Bachelor of science degree and 5 to 8 years of experience