Scientific Research Assistant

Average Salary: £20,000 - £25,000
Competition: MID-HIGH
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Scientific Research Assistants are incredible. They’ve been behind the most notable pieces of research, collecting and analysing data and using it to produce thorough reports. Their commitment to assist in various types of projects, by doing the not-so-appealing administrative duties, are second to none. Could we boast more about them? Probably.


As a Scientific Research Assistant, you’ll be usually based within a social science or laboratory setting. You’ll not only be using our good friend Google for research, but also surveys, legal documents and other published research. Assisting with a research project will normally include the following job responsibilities:

  • Planning research projects, resources and the role that you will undertake
  • Conducting research by various methods either in-field, office-based or in the laboratory
  • Recording and analysing results of surveys, experiments and field work
  • Preparing reports for the research team, that will contribute to publications
  • Organising records and performing administrative tasks for the project
  • Keeping up-to-date with the industry’s latest developments

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Scientific Research Assistant should:

  • Have excellent communication skills, particularly written and verbal
  • Possess strong research skills whilst having an attention to detail
  • Have a logical and analytical approach
  • Have good planning and organising skills
  • Be self-motivated, show patience and perseverance

Entry Routes

Becoming a Scientific Research Assistant requires a lot of brains, which we assume that you have, because you’re on our website. So at the very least, you’ll need to study a scientific degree and ideally gain a very good grade. We're talking about a 2:1 or a First. A Masters will definitely boost your profile, whilst adding a PhD could really kick some arse. It’s not a prerequisite to have a PhD, but many employers do require a relevant Bachelor's degree and Masters. What type of scientific degree you study, all depends on what field of research you want to specialise in. For example, if you want to become a Scientific Research Assistant in Mental Health, it would be recommended to study a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters in Mental Health. What employers want to see is your dedication and interest in the subject.

Job Progression

Scientific Research Assistant

Research Scientist

Senior Research Scientist

Project Manager

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Ever-learning - The role is centred around learning, which makes it really interesting
  • Projects – You can be involved with a range of different projects
  • New People – It can be an opportunity to meet a lot of new people that will be able to assist in the project

The Bad

  • Repetitive – It can involve a lot of paperwork, which is not the most exciting part of the role
  • Recognition – In terms of the amount of work you put in, you may not get the credit that you deserve
  • Long Hours – Researching and gaining the right information can be time-consuming