What does a Research Assistant Professor do?

Research professors are faculty members whose primary effort is in research rather than instruction. Research faculty appointments are not tenure track appointments, and research professors may be called on to teach or provide services for specific and appropriate assignments. They perform their essential duties and responsibilities as assigned by an academic department head or director and facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Research professors receive administrative supervision from department heads or directors and might supervise professional research staff, graduate assistants, undergraduates, or students. They work in a collaborative environment and cover relevant topics that pertain to their assigned research project, sometimes delegating specific portions of the research to others or spearheading set portions. They share findings and updates with all team members and department staff and adjust according to internal guidance. Research professors must need a graduate degree in a discipline that corresponds with their work.

What responsibilities are common for Research Assistant Professor jobs?
  • Contribute to supervision of Graduate student research.
  • Conduct research, perform experiments, analyze data, and present the research outcome at local and national conferences.
  • Provide guest lectures in undergraduates and graduate courses and contribute to extension educational programs as time permits.
  • Accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, follow safety regulations, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.
  • Provide research leadership on designing field trials and surveys.
  • Prepare and submit proposals/scope of work for project extensions.
  • Candidates will be actively engaged in grant writing and manuscript submission.
What are the typical qualifications for Research Assistant Professor jobs?
  • Graduate's Degree in related subject or field.
  • Experience with applicable software and systems.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
  • A mentor and guide with strict attention to detail.
  • Collaboration and leadership skills.
  • A natural problem solver.
EducationDoctorate Degree
Work/Life Balance
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3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Research Assistant Professor make?

$75,692 /yr
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Research Assistant Professor Career Path

Learn how to become a Research Assistant Professor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Assistant Research Professor
Research Assistant Professor

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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Alliance UniversityAlliance University
Research Assistant Professor
Jul 25, 2022

“I am enjoying the work life here and it is peaceful”

The Cancer Institute of New JerseyThe Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Research Teaching Specialist II
Jan 16, 2021

“Not a good work and life balance”

University of Illinois at ChicagoUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Research Assistant Professor
Oct 8, 2021

“Nice campus close to downtown.”

University of OklahomaUniversity of Oklahoma
Research Associate Professor
Apr 16, 2023

“Major salary compression and inversion issues.”

NYU (New York University)NYU (New York University)
Research Assistant Professor
May 26, 2023

“i would say its definitely great to work at nyu”

Don BoscoDon Bosco
Assistant Research Professor
Apr 24, 2022

“Good nice cordial satisfactory peaceful”

University of Illinois at ChicagoUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Research Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences
Sep 6, 2021

“Bureaucracy; pay is not competitive”

Chung-Ang University
Assistant Research Professor
Aug 25, 2022

“The salary I'm some cases is not that good”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Research Assistant Professor

When working as a Research Assistant Professor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are MD PhD, Collaboration, Writing, Statistics, and Protocols.

The most similar professions to Research Assistant Professor are:
  • Professor
  • Visiting Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Faculty Member

The most common qualifications to become a Research Assistant Professor include a minimum of a Doctorate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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