graduate research assistant resume example with 9+ years of experience

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Results-focused scientific research professional with strengths in analytical techniques, instrumentation and project management. Proactive leader with strengths in communication and collaboration. Possessing 10-years of scientific research and data analysis experience with a proven track record of high quality output in the form of publications and talks. Adept at managing concurrent objectives to promote efficiency and influence positive outcomes in a fast-paced collaborative research environment.

  • Mass Spectrometry (MS)
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy (STM & AFM)
  • Gas chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)
  • Ultra-high vacuum (UHV) maintenance
  • Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD)
  • Bench Top Chemistry
  • Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS)
  • Cryogenics
  • Laboratory Setup & Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Scientific Writing
  • Programming Languages: Python and R
  • Software & Tools: Microsoft Office, OriginLab, Inkscape, Avogadro, Adobe Photoshop
  • OSHA guidelines
Graduate Research Assistant, 11/2016 to Current
University Of UtahWest Valley City, UT,
  • Was the project leader in the research on molecular machines motivated by their potential applications in nanotechnology.
  • Utilized complex instrumentation and spectroscopic techniques to obtain accurate and precise results.
  • Advanced new and efficient analytical methods to maximize both the large-scale collection and interpretation of hard data.
  • Replenished laboratory supplies and maintained equipment to support optimal productivity.
  • Liaised and collaborated with other research laboratories and institutions, such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, which have led to successfully writing 5 peer-reviewed high impact publications, 3 of which I was first author.
  • Oversaw and trained junior graduate students and undergraduate students in research project management, data collection, and instrument protocols..
Graduate Teaching Assistant, 09/2016 to 12/2020
University Of KansasLawrence, KS,
  • Educated undergraduate students on laboratory protocols and activities.
  • Tracked class and student metrics including attendance, projects, labs and reports.
  • Utilized email, phone and in-person meetings to answer questions and mentor struggling students.
  • Gained experience in teaching courses including introductory chemistry, organic chemistry and analytical chemistry.
  • Completed daily administrative tasks for professors as directed.
Chemical Technician, 03/2015 to 05/2016
Covestro AgNew Martinsville, WV,
  • Determined characteristics or composition of solid, liquid or gas material and substances by conducting field, laboratory, and physical tests.
  • Sampled suspect materials to assess hazards and devise cleanup procedures.
  • Performed project monitoring and air sampling for lead and asbestos.
  • Provided excellent service and attention to customers when face-to-face or through phone conversations.
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 01/2011 to 05/2014
University Of ArkansasHarrisburg, PA,
  • Synthesized and characterized platinum complexes primarily motivated by their potential as catalysts in green energy and pharmaceutical industries resulting in three high impact publications.
  • Cultivated instrumentation and lab bench techniques from the principal investigator's effective mentoring, being entrusted with tasks requiring independent study.
  • Took active role in research projects under guidance of Bard College faculty members.
  • Applied good documentation practices when recording data and managing source documentation.
Laboratory Assistant, 08/2010 to 05/2011
Allina Health SystemsMinneapolis, MN,
  • Sanitized workstations and instruments to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Monitored lab supplies and proactively replenished for convenience and availability.
  • Cleaned, maintained and calibrated laboratory and field equipment to ensure continuous accuracy and functionality.
  • Collected, labeled and stored lab samples according to laboratory specifications.
  • Adhered to all laboratory requirements and enforced compliance with regulations.
Education and Training
Ph.D.: Chemistry, Expected in 05/2021 to Tufts University - Medford, MA
Bachelor of Arts: Chemistry, Expected in 05/2014 to Bard College - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY,
  • Demonstrated writing skills with a total of 8 peer-reviewed high-impact publications: 3 first-author publications and 5 additional co-author publications.
  • Demonstrated research and communication skills in giving poster presentations in three conferences.
  • Scholarships/Awards:

Chemistry PhD Full Scholarship, Tufts University 2016-2021

Tufts University Provost Fellowship, Tufts University 2016-2018

Bard Distinguished Scientist Scholarship, Bard College 2010-2014

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School Attended

  • Tufts University
  • Bard College

Job Titles Held:

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Chemical Technician
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Laboratory Assistant


  • Ph.D.
  • Bachelor of Arts

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