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Job Title: Research Associate

Description: Work with animal models in the drug discovery process at biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, contract labs and universities. Most commonly the work is conducted in mice and rats, but many types of animals may be used (hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, pigs, sheep, primates). Help to design and plan the experiments. Dose the animals, perform health observations, collect blood and tissue samples, and analyze the samples and data.

Degree Required: BS

  • Bachelor of Science Degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years. Variations of a BS include a BT, referring to a Bachelor's of Technology, or a BA, a Bachelor of Arts degree. These different terms are often used for different areas of study or may be specific to colleges.

Skills Required: Computer skills, Good hand-eye coordination, Independent worker, Oral communication skills, Scientific thinker, Works under pressure, Written communication skills

Market Sector: Industry, Small Business, University/Education

Relative Salary:  $$$

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