Research Assistant

A research assistant is a trained professional who helps conduct investigative and original studies in a laboratory setting. They perform a wide range of duties that include researching past and current research initiatives and results, setting up (including identifying financial, human and material resources), conducting and documenting experiments, recording detailed observations, analyzing data, and interpreting and communicating results. This may require mentoring and supervisory activity. They are also responsible for preparing samples, testing equipment, and developing protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs).


Samples must be handled and labelled with care and research notes need to be orderly, coherent, and accurate. Once experiments are completed the research assistant stores samples in their appropriate locations and cleans the laboratory. Research Assistants work for Canadian biotechnology companies of different sizes (i.e., small, medium, large) and in various biotechnology areas.

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