Research Technician Cover Letter Examples
As a research technician on the job market, you will discover that most employers desire strong analytical, writing, and research skills. Highlight these skills, plus any other relevant skills, in your cover letter. In addition, provide examples of any laboratory experience you’ve gained, research you've been a part of, and technical research tools you have mastered.
The following sample cover letter is for a research technician.
Also, see below for a letter which asks the employer for consideration for other job vacancies at the institution.
Remember to adjust the details of these sample cover letters to fit your situation and interests.
Sample Cover Letters for a Research Technician Position
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Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,
Please accept the enclosed resume for consideration for the Research Technician position posted on Monster. My background and skills in laboratory techniques will prove to be an effective match for your qualifications requirements.
I have a BS in Chemistry, and earned a 3.8 GPA during my studies at [insert name of university]. I have taken several lab courses in Biochemistry, where I worked with chromatography, ELISA, and southern and western blotting techniques.
While working for ABC Environmental Laboratory, I successfully applied my research skills and maintained the laboratory.
I participated in planning experiments and evaluating test results, as well as in monitoring equipment performance and tracking maintenance schedules.
In addition, I was responsible for maintaining biohazard and radiation safety standards, and ensuring our team’s proper handling and disposal of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents.
In addition to the lab work I performed, I also recorded, calculated, and analyzed data and prepared reports, working closely with a team of researchers to learn the value of good lab practices.
I work well as a team member, am very reliable and organized, and am willing to learn.
Thank you for your consideration. I would be grateful for the opportunity to speak with you in person regarding my qualifications for this position; please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information.
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Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
Please accept my resume for the research technician job you have advertised or, indeed, for any other position that would be suitable for me with your organization. I am confident that my background and skills in research techniques will prove to be an effective match for your qualifications requirements.
I have had a great deal of laboratory experience in chemistry and biology, both indoors and in the field. In the lab, I have performed chemical reactions and I am currently using microscopes to observe many specimens.
In environmental field studies, I have conducted outdoor labs to assess water chemistry.
While working for Eperian Research Laboratory, I successfully applied my research skills and worked closely with the samples being studied. I supported the research in completing assigned experiments, and recorded and analyzed massive amounts of data. This experience gave me the opportunity to work closely with a team of researchers and helped me to understand the importance of good lab practices.
My research experiences have been positive ones due in part to my interpersonal skills. I work well in teams, am reliable and organized, and enthusiastic to learn. I am sure that I will carry over the same enthusiasm and skill in doing research at your institution.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation.
More Sample Cover Letters
Cover letter samples and templates for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including entry-level, targeted and email cover letters for many different jobs.
Dr Claire Campbell
21 Rounder Street
Bourke QLD 4187
T: (07) 8222 3333
M: 0400 111 444
Dr Terry Rafter
IMB Group Leader
68 Rockfern Lane
Brisbane QLD 4001
Dear Dr Rafter
Re: Research Officer Position - job number 982567
I am writing to apply for the position of Research Officer at IMB as recently advertised on SEEK.com.au.
I have recently returned to Australia after completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge in the UK. I am currently working in a laboratory at the University of Sunbeams on the Sunshine Coast but have long wanted to work at the IMB given its international reputation for innovative research in the field of RNomics. During my PhD I studied a small non-messenger RNA (Rcd) and its impact on the bacterial intra-cellular messenger indole.
In both my current position and my PhD and honours research, I have utilised multiple RNA analysis techniques including microarrays and next-generation sequencing. I am extremely competent when it comes to data analysis including statistical analysis, and have had three papers published during my PhD, including one in Cell and another in Nature – please refer to my resume for details.
I have an excellent track record as a hard-working member of the laboratory team and am always ready to lend a hand and offer suggestions when invited. I enjoy a close team dynamic and being able to confer with my colleagues about current projects. The experience I gained working in an international laboratory while at the University of Cambridge was invaluable and I developed many contacts while attending conferences. I also presented two posters during my PhD – again, please refer to my resume for details.
My research and writing skills have been well developed over the past four years of research and my communication skills were further enhanced by the experiences I had during the year I worked as a ski instructor. I enjoy problem-solving, and am keen to collaborate with your team.
IMB has long been upheld as the premier biomedical research institute in Australia and I have long aspired to work for the institute. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this application with you further, and look forward to hearing from you.
Dr Claire Campbell