What does a Research Technologist do?

Research technologists use specialized expertise to perform research that is often highly technical or scientific in nature. They may be employed in a variety of fields, but commonly work in an academic or laboratory setting. They plan, organize, and execute research projects, conducting this research using a range of investigative techniques. This research may involve the use of laboratory equipment or sophisticated technological tools. They may also serve as a subject matter expert for technical material on this topic within the organization.

Research technologists typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical field, although an advanced degree is often preferred. They must have excellent research skills and strong project management capabilities. Hands-on experience using a range of research tools and equipment is helpful.

What responsibilities are common for Research Technologist jobs?
  • Assist staff investigator with experimental design and planning/developing technical aspects of research projects.
  • Collect, prepare and maintain required research documentation, including informed consent records, case records, clinical notes and medical reports.
  • Report and assist with the management of protocol deviations, adverse events and other project-related issues.
  • Assist with the preparation and delivery of internal/external presentations, conference reports/lectures, and publishing submissions.
What are the typical qualifications for Research Technologist jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, exercise science, mechanical engineering or optical engineering.
  • Sound attention to detail and collaboration skills.
  • Fluency in spreadsheets, writing protocols, and statistics.
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How much does a Research Technologist make?

$66,906 /yr
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Research Technologist Career Path

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The Johns Hopkins UniversityThe Johns Hopkins University
Research Technologist
Nov 27, 2020

“This is a top research university so the projects that are being worked on are cutting edge and highly funded.”

The Johns Hopkins UniversityThe Johns Hopkins University
Research Technologist
Nov 27, 2020

“This is disappointing considering that the salary is not that high in the first place.”

Booz Allen HamiltonBooz Allen Hamilton
Senior Lead Technologist
Nov 3, 2021

“Great place to learn and start your career.”

Northwestern UniversityNorthwestern University
Research Technologist
Jan 6, 2022

“Smart and amazing people to work with.”

Baylor College of MedicineBaylor College of Medicine
Research Technologist
Sep 22, 2022

“Interesting work and high satisfaction.”

University of Nebraska–LincolnUniversity of Nebraska–Lincoln
Research Technologist
Mar 23, 2022

“This is a good place to start your job career”

McMaster UniversityMcMaster University
Research Technologist
Dec 22, 2020

“Great people to work with”

Northwestern UniversityNorthwestern University
Research Technologist
Nov 6, 2020

“Amazing people to work with”

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The most similar professions to Research Technologist are:
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Specialist
  • Research Technician
  • Research Manager

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