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Job Title: Research Assistant at a University

Description: Assist on a large-scale research project at a higher education institution. Visit collaborators, collect data, work with producers, trouble-shoot computer software problems, re-format and analyze data, and write preliminary reports and research papers. Junior scientists are needed for a variety of research projects and thus they could work on anything--from dairy crossbreeding to horse cognition.

Degree Required: MS

  • Master of Science Degree is awarded upon completion of one to two years of advanced graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree, with the length depending on the field of study. It recognizes heightened expertise in an academic discipline. You will complete some additional courses, but also have opportunities to practice in your field or do research.

Skills Required: Computer skills, Creative writing skills, Independent worker, Learns on the job, Mathematical thinker, Oral communication skills, Record maintenance, Scientific thinker, Scientific writing skills, Time management skills, Teaching skills, Works under pressure, Written communication skills

Market Sector: Government, Industry, University/Education

Relative Salary:  $$

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