What does a Research Investigator do?

Research investigators perform detailed and in-depth research that entails the use of various investigative techniques and practices. They are employed in a range of fields, including academic institutions, food production operations, business settings, and healthcare. They are often conducting research in highly technical or specialized subjects, and may be exploring innovative and sophisticated material or findings. They define, develop, and implement processes, standards, and protocols. They employ a range of investigative tools and resources, and compile detailed reports documenting their findings.

Research investigators typically have an advanced degree in their field of expertise, although extensive relevant professional experience may be acceptable. They must possess superior research skills, and have hands-on experience using a wide range of investigative tools and platforms. Excellent communication skills are required.

What responsibilities are common for Research Investigator jobs?
  • Perform a variety of pharmacological (mostly biochemical and cellular) assays to support multiple drug discovery projects.
  • Perform crystallization screening and optimize the conditions for co-crystallization of protein/drug complexes to produce high-quality of single crystals for X-ray diffraction.
  • Contribute to compound development across various therapeutic areas and design of clinical studies with some supervision.
  • Lead design of clinical pharmacology studies and manage data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
  • Collaborate on cross-functional drug development teams, regulatory submissions, and departmental initiatives.
  • With some supervision, contribute to clinical development strategies of pipeline product.
What are the typical qualifications for Research Investigator jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in chemistry or natural science.
  • Experience with R Language, C, and CRISPR systems and software.
  • Demonstrated leadership, attention to detail, and time management skills throughout daily tasks.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership capabilities and a sound work ethic.
  • Collaborate and problem solve with experimental design tasks while implementing necessary mechanisms.
  • Comfortable adhering to writing protocols to keep records and notebooks or other provided vehicles.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Research Investigator make?

$83,441 /yr
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Research Investigator Career Path

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Read what Research Investigator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Syngene International LimitedSyngene International Limited
Research Investigator
Feb 4, 2022

“Not good for a long term career.”

Takeda PharmaceuticalsTakeda Pharmaceuticals
Research Investigator
Jan 31, 2022

“Everyone is incredibly nice.”

University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pennsylvania
Senior Research Investigator
May 7, 2021

“People are really nice.”

Research Investigator
Jun 25, 2021

“Good benefits.. that where it ends.”

University of MichiganUniversity of Michigan
Research Investigator
Jan 10, 2021

“Good research place to work.”

Delta Group (GA)Delta Group (GA)
Research Investigator
Jan 12, 2021

“The pay could be better.”

Michigan MedicineMichigan Medicine
Research Investigator
Apr 24, 2021

“Good work/life balance.”

Takeda PharmaceuticalsTakeda Pharmaceuticals
Research Investigator
Jan 27, 2021

“He does not do any thing worth his salary or title.”

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The most similar professions to Research Investigator are:
  • Research Scholar
  • Research Fellow
  • Researcher
  • Investigator

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