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How to Write a Good Cover Letter for a Research Position

Writing a cover letter can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be!

Some people believe cover letters are a science. Others seem to think they are more akin to black magic. Regardless of how you feel about cover letters, they are one of the most important parts of the job application process. Your resume or CV may get you an interview, but a good cover letter is what ensures that the hiring manager reads your resume in the first place.

Writing a cover letter for any job is important, but the art of writing a good cover letter for a research position can make or break your application. While writing a cover letter for a research position, you have to walk a fine line of proving your expertise and passion while limiting jargon and dense language.

In this post, we will explain cover letter writing basics, and then dive into how to write a research specific cover letter with examples of both good and bad practices.

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What Is A Cover Letter and Why Do Cover Letters Matter?

A cover letter is your opportunity to tell a story and connect the dots of your resume. Resumes and curriculum vitae (CVs) are often cold and static—they don’t show any sort of character that will give companies a hint about if you will fit in with their culture. 

Your cover letter gives you the chance to demonstrate that you are an interesting, qualified, and intelligent person. Without proving that you are worth the time to interview, a company or research organization will set your application in the rejection pile without giving it a second look. 

So, what is a cover letter, exactly? It is an explanation (written out in paragraph form) of what you can bring to the company that goes beyond the information in your resume. Cover letters give a company a glimpse into the qualities that will make you the ideal candidate for their opening. 

Note that a cover letter is not the same as a letter of intent. A cover letter is written for a specific job opening. For example, if I got an email saying that the University of Colorado was looking for a tenure track faculty member to teach GEO 1001, and I chose to apply, I would write a cover letter. 

A letter of intent, however, is written regardless of the job opening. It is intended to express an interest in working at a particular company or with a particular group. The goal of a letter of intent is to demonstrate your interest in the company (or whatever type of group you are appealing to) and illustrate that you are willing to work with them in whatever capacity they feel is best. 

For example, if I loved the clothing company, Patagonia and wanted to work there, I could write a letter of intent. They may have an opening for a sales floor associate, but after reading my application and letter of intent, decide I would be better suited to a design position. Or, they may not have any positions open at all, but choose to keep my resume on hand for the next time they do. 

Most organizations want a cover letter, not a letter of intent, so it is important to make sure your cover letter caters to the specifics of the job posting. A cover letter should also demonstrate why you want to work at the company, but it should be primarily focused on why you can do the job better than any of the other applicants.

How to Write a Good Cover Letter: The Basics 

Writing a cover letter isn’t hard. Writing a good cover letter, a cover letter that will encourage a hiring manager to look at your application and schedule an interview, is more difficult (but certainly not impossible). Below, we will go over each of the important parts of a cover letter: the salutation, introduction, body, and conclusion, as well as some other best practices.

How to Write a Good Cover Letter Salutation

Don’t start with “Dear Sir/Ma’am” (or any iteration of a vague greeting, including “to whom it may concern”). Avoiding vague greetings is the oldest trick in the book, but it still holds a lot of weight. Starting a cover letter with the above phrase is pretty much stamping “I didn’t bother to research this company at all because I am sending out a million generic cover letters” across your application. It doesn’t look good. 

The best practice is to do your research and use your connections to find a name. “Dear Joe McGlinchy” means a lot more than “Dear Hiring Manager.” LinkedIn is a great tool for this—you can look up the company, then look through the employees until you find someone that seems like they hire for the relevant department. 

The most important thing about the salutation is to address a real human. By selecting someone in the company, you’ve demonstrated that you’ve done some research and are actually interested in this company specifically. Generic greetings aren’t eye-catching and don’t do well.

How to Write a Good Cover Letter Introduction

Once you’ve addressed your cover letter to a real human being, you need a powerful introduction to prove that this cover letter is worth the time it will take to read. This means that you need a hook. 

Your first sentence needs to be a strong starter, something to encourage the hiring manager not only to continue reading the cover letter, but to look at your application as well. If you have a contact in the company, you should mention them in the first sentence. Something along the lines of “my friend, Amanda Rice (UX/UI manager), suggested I apply for the natural language processing expert position after we worked together on a highly successful independent project.” 

The example above uses a few techniques. The name drop is good, but that only works if you actually have a connection in the company. Beyond that, this example has two strengths. First, it states the name of the position. This is important because hiring managers can be hiring for several different positions at a time, and by immediately clarifying which position you are applying for, you make their job a little bit easier.  Next, this sentence introduces concrete skills that apply to the job. That is a good way to start because it begins leading into the body, where you will go into depth about how exactly your experience and skills make you perfect for the job. 

Another technique for a strong lead-in to a cover letter is to begin with an applicable personal experience or anecdote. This attracts more attention than stereotypical intros (like the example above), but you have to be careful to get to the point quickly. Give yourself one or two sentences to tell the story and prove your point before you dive into your skills and the main body of the cover letter.

A more standard technique for introductions is simply expressing excitement. No matter how you choose to start, you want to demonstrate that you are eager about the position, and there is no easier way to do that than just saying it. This could take the form of “When I saw the description for X job on LinkedIn, I was thrilled: it is the perfect job for my Y skills and Z experience.” This option is simple and to-the-point, which can be refreshing for time-crunched hiring managers. 

Since we’ve provided a few good examples, we will offer a bad example, so you can compare and contrast. Don’t write anything along the line of: “My name is John Doe, and I am writing to express my interest in the open position at your company.” 

There are a few issues here. First, they can probably figure out your name. You don’t need that to be in the first sentence (or any of the sentences—the closing is an obvious enough spot). Next, “the open position” and “your company” are too generic. That sounds like the same cover letter you sent to every single employer in a hundred mile radius. Give the specifics! Finally, try to start with a little more spice. Add in some personality, something to keep the hiring manager reading. If you bore them to death in the first line, they aren’t going to look over your resume and application with the attention they deserve. 

How to Write a Good Cover Letter Body

So, you’ve addressed a real human being, and you’ve snagged their attention with a killer opening line. What next? Well, you have to hold on to that attention by writing an engaging and informative cover letter body. 

The body of a cover letter is the core of the important information you want to transmit. The introduction’s job was to snag the attention of the hiring manager. The body’s job is to sell them on your skills.  There are a few formatting things to be aware of before we start talking about what content belongs in the body of the cover letter. First, keep the company culture and standards in mind when picking a format. For example, if I want to work for a tech startup that is known for its wit and company culture, I can probably get away with using a bulleted list or another informal format. However, if I am applying to a respected research institution, using a standard five paragraph format is best. 

In addition, the cover letter should not be longer than a page. Hiring managers are busy people. They may have hundreds of resumes to read, so they don’t need a three page essay per person. A full page is plenty, and many hiring managers report finding three hundred words or less to be the idea length. Just to put that into context, the text from here to the “How to Write a Good Cover Letter Body” header below is about perfect, length-wise. 

Now, on to the more important part: the content. A cover letter should work in tandem with a resume. If you have a list of job experiences on your resume, don’t list them again in the cover letter. Use the valuable space in the cover letter to give examples about how you have applied your skills and experience. 

For example, if I have worked as a barista, I wouldn’t just say “I have worked as a barista at Generic Cafe.” The hiring manager could learn that from my resume. Instead, I could say “Working as a barista at Generic Cafe taught me to operate under pressure without feeling flustered. Once…” I would go on to recount a short story that illustrated my ability to work well under pressure. It is important that the stories and details you choose to include are directly related to the specific job. Don’t ramble or add anything that isn’t obviously connected. Use the job description as a tool—if it mentions a certain skill a few times, make sure to include it!

If you can match the voice and tone of your cover letter to the voice of the company, that usually earns you extra points. If, in their communications, they use wit, feel free to include it in your letter as well. If they are dry, to the point, and serious, cracking jokes is not the best technique.

A Few Don’ts of Writing a Cover Letter Body   

There are a few simple “don’ts” in cover letter writing. Do not: 

  • Bad: I am smart, dedicated, determined, and funny.
  • Better: When I was working at Tech Company, I designed and created an entirely new workflow that cut the product delivery time in half. 
  • Bad: When I was seven, I really loved the monkeys at the zoo. This demonstrates my fun-loving nature. 
  • Better: While working for This Company, I realized I was far more productive if I was light-hearted. I became known as the person to turn to in my unit when my coworkers needed a boost, and as my team adopted my ideology, we exceeded our sales goals by 200%. 
  • Bad: I would love this job because it would propel me to the next stage of my career.
  • Better: With my decade of industry experience communicating with engineers and clients, I am the right person to manage X team. 
  • Bad: I know I’m not the most qualified candidate for this job, but…
  • Better: I can apply my years of experience as an X to this position, using my skills in Y and Z to… 
  • Bad: I am a thirty year old white woman from Denver…
  • Better: I have extensive experience managing diverse international teams, as illustrated by the time I…  

The most important part of the cover letter is the body. Sell your skills by telling stories, but walk the razor’s edge between saying too much and not enough. When in doubt, lean towards not enough—it is better for the hiring manager to call you in for an interview to learn more than to bore them.

How to Write a Good Cover Letter Conclusion

 The last lines of a cover letter are extremely important. Until you can meet in-person for an interview, the conclusion of your cover letter will greatly affect the impression the hiring manager has of you. A good technique for concluding your cover letter is to summarize, in a sentence, what value you can bring to the company and why you are perfect for the position. Sum up the most important points from your cover letter in a short, concise manner. 

Write with confidence, but not arrogance. This can be a delicate balance. While some people have gotten away (and sometimes gotten a job) with remarks like, “I’ll be expecting the job offer soon,” most do not. Closing with a courteous statement that showcases your capability and skills is far more effective than arrogance. Try to avoid trite or generic statements in the closing sentence as well. This includes the template, “I am very excited to work for XYZ Company.” Give the hiring manager something to remember and close with what you can offer the company. 

The final step in any cover letter is to edit. Re-read your cover letter. Then, set it aside for a few hours (or days, time permitting) and read it again. Give it to a friend to read. Read it aloud. This may seem excessive, but there is nothing more off-putting than a spelling or grammar error in the first few lines of a cover letter. The hiring manager may power through and ignore it, but it will certainly taint their impression. 

Once the cover letter is as flawless and compelling as it can be, send it out! If you are super stuck on how to get started, working within a template may help. Microsoft Word has many free templates that are aesthetically appealing and can give you a hint to the length and content. A few good online options live here (free options are at the bottom—there is no reason to pay for a resume template).

How to Write a Cover Letter for a Research Position

Writing a cover letter for a research position is the same as writing any other cover letter. There are, however, a few considerations and additions that are worth pointing out. A job description may not directly ask for a cover letter, but it is good practice to send one unless they specifically say not to. This means that even if a cover letter isn’t mentioned, you should send one—it is best practice and gives you an opportunity to expand on your skills and research in a valuable way.

Format and Writing Style for a Research Position Cover Letter

Research and academics tend to appreciate formality more than start-ups or tech companies, so using the traditional five paragraph format is typically a good idea. The five paragraph format usually includes an introduction, three short examples of skills, and a concluding paragraph. This isn’t set in stone—if you’d rather write two paragraphs about the skills and experience you bring to the company, that is fine. 

Keep in mind that concise and to-the-point writing is extremely valuable in research. Anyone who has ever written a project proposal under 300 words knows that every term needs to add value. Proving that you are a skilled writer, starting in your cover letter, will earn you a lot of points. This means that cover letters in research and academia, though you may have more to say, should actually be shorter than others. Think of the hiring manager—they are plowing through a massive stack of verbose, technical, and complex cover letters and CVs. It is refreshing to find an easy to read, short cover letter. 

On the “easy to read” point, remember that the hiring manager may not be an expert in your field. Even if they are, you cannot assume that they have the exact same linguistic and educational background as you. For example, if you have dedicated the last five years of your life to studying a certain species of bacteria that lives on Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, all of those technical terms you have learned (and maybe even coined) have no place in your cover letter. Keep jargon to an absolute minimum. Consider using a tool like the Hemingway Editor to identify and eliminate jargon. While you want to reduce jargon, it is still important to prove that you’ve researched their research. Passion about the research topic is one of the most valuable attributes that a new hire can offer. 

Use your cover letter to prove that you have done your homework, know exactly what the institution or group is doing, and want to join them. If you have questions about the research or want to learn more, it isn’t a bad idea to get in touch with one of the researchers. You can often use LinkedIn or the group’s staff site to learn who is working on the project and reach out.

What Research Information Should be Included in a Cover Letter

A research position cover letter is not the place for your academic history, dissertation, or publications. While it may be tempting to go into detail about the amazing research you did for your thesis, that belongs in your CV. Details like this will make your cover letter too long. While these are valuable accomplishments, don’t include them unless there is something  that pertains to the group’s research, and your CV doesn’t cover it in depth. 

If you do choose to write about your research, write about concrete details and skills that aren’t in your CV. For example, if you have spent the last few years working on identifying the effects of a certain gene sequence in bird migration, include information about the lab techniques you used. Also, try to put emphasis on the aspects of your resume and CV that make you stand out from other candidates. It is likely that you will be competing with many similarly qualified candidates, so if you have a unique skill or experience, make sure it doesn’t get lost in the chaos—a cover letter is the perfect place to highlight these sorts of skills. 

Industry experience is a great differentiator. If you have relevant industry experience, make sure to include it in your cover letter because it will almost certainly set you apart. Another valuable differentiator is a deep and established research network. If you have been working on research teams for years and have deep connections with other scientists, don’t be afraid to include this information. This makes you a very valuable acquisition for the company because you come with an extensive network

Include Soft Skills in Your Cover Letter

Scientific skills aren’t the only consideration for hiring managers. Experience working with and leading teams is incredibly valuable in the research industry. Even if the job description doesn’t mention teamwork, add a story or description of a time you worked with (or, even better, lead) a successful team. Soft skills like management, customer service, writing, and clear communication are important in research positions. Highlight these abilities and experiences in your cover letter in addition to the hard skills and research-based information. 

If you are struggling to edit and polish your letter, give it to both someone within your field and someone who is completely unfamiliar with your research (or, at least, the technical side of it). Once both of those people say that the letter makes sense and is compelling, you should feel confident submitting it.

Cover letters are intended to give hiring managers information beyond what your resume and CV are able to display. Write with a natural but appropriately formal voice, do your research on the position, and cater to the job description. A good cover letter can go a long way to getting you an interview, and with these tips, your cover letters will certainly stand out of the pile.

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Research Assistant Cover Letter: The Ultimate Guide

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You should never underestimate the power of a good research assistant cover letter. Whether you are seeking to gain some research experience to bolster your applications for medical school and MD-PhD programs or seeking to get a coveted research assistant position, your cover letter is one of the key components of your application.

Research assistant cover letters can be tricky to write, but I'm going to guide you through this process. In this blog, you will learn why a cover letter is important, how to write your research assistant cover letter, learn tips to make your cover letter stand out, and get to read cover letter samples, including one with no research experience! Whether you're a premed or not, this ultimate guide will help you get your desired research position.

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Why get involved in research.

Research is certainly one of the ways to build up your medical school application and impress the admissions committees with your extracurriculars for medical school . However, it is also your chance to build up professional skills and knowledge in the field of your interest. Admission committees appreciate applicants with a research background because these students demonstrate interest in actively shaping medical and scientific progress.

Since the research process is challenging and enriching, these students develop critical thinking skills and confidence to challenge the status quo. Research fosters patience and stamina. It provides freedom to experiment and a space for constructive criticism. If you are looking to gain research experience, do not limit your search to strictly medical positions. Pursue disciplines that interest you. Research skills can often be transferred to a variety of fields.

Unique research experiences will also make you stand out in your medical school applications. As you might already know, one of the most common medical school interview questions  you’ll be asked is how you can contribute to the diversity of the incoming class – research is your chance to add another unique experience to your application.

Research experience is highly valued by some of the top medical schools in the world. For example, over 90% of Ivy League medical schools’ matriculants have research experience. According to the latest data, 99% of  Stanford Medical School  matriculants have research and lab experience. Research is especially valuable if you are looking at MD-PhD programs.

Firstly, you should always send a cover letter in addition to your CV as part of your job or volunteer application, unless otherwise expressed by the recruiter. Even if you have had the chance to explain your motivation for applying in the application form or email, you should still include a separate cover letter. This letter is an additional opportunity to present yourself as the perfect candidate for the research position.

The primary goal of a research assistant cover letter is to intrigue your potential employer enough to invite you to an interview. Whether you’re an experienced researcher or an undergraduate student looking for research experience, your cover letter is the “face” of your application. Most likely, your cover letter will be the first document your potential colleagues read about you. A perfect research assistant cover letter should include the following:

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Simply put, your cover letter should explain why you are the most suitable candidate for the position. Your letter must demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the research position and what makes you a unique candidate. Additionally, this letter is your chance to show off your communication and language skills. Remember, research reports require the ability to articulate clearly and succinctly. Your strong technical research abilities must be accompanied by excellent verbal and written communication skills.

How to Write Your Cover Letter

Let’s examine what steps you need to take to create an outstanding research assistant cover letter.

Research the Position

First and foremost, when you write a cover letter for a research assistant position, you must know exactly what the position entails, what expectations your potential colleagues have of the new hire, and how this research position might develop in the future.

If you found a position as a job posting, it would certainly be wise to study the job description closely. It usually gives you some important, albeit surface, information. You can start by carefully studying the position summary, duties and responsibilities, qualifications, requirements, etc. However, this is usually not enough. Whether you found this position as a job posting or not, it is important to do your research.

Your cover letter needs to show that you are the best possible match for this research position. The job description you have found can only give you so much. You need to find out how your research interests match with this institution’s research program, what the recruiters are really looking for, and how it can help you in your future career as a medical professional or a researcher.

Start by researching the institution or department you’re applying to online. Research their programs, their research profile, and the research interests of their staff. Often you can find important information about the institution’s latest research ranking and their research projects on their website. It could also be interesting to read reviews written by people who have worked in the institution to which you’re applying. Do take these with a grain of salt, but some of these reviews can give you insights into the program’s expectations.

Another way to find out more information about the position is to contact the institution or the department. There is usually someone who can answer your questions, such as an administrative assistant, recruiter, or someone directly involved in the research project. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the job, the department, or the institution.

Avoid asking specific questions that will be covered in an interview such as “how much does the job pay” as this will send the impression that you're only interested in the position for the pay, and not because it's what you really want to do. Calling to inquire about the job may also make your name stand out among dozens of applicants for this position. The recruiters may make a note that you personally called and showed enthusiasm about the job.

Before you call, make sure you prepare a list of questions. Beware that your phone call may turn into an unofficial interview, especially if you talk to someone involved in the research process. Be ready to speak about yourself in relation to the position and prepare to answer some of the most common interview questions like “ Tell me about yourself ?”, “why do you want to work with us?” and so on. These are common introductory questions that allow the interviewer to get some insights about you as a potential colleague.

If you are a current undergraduate student, you can also try speaking to your classmates and any TAs you know who may have worked in the research lab you are applying to. You can ask them what they enjoyed and what they found challenging about the work, allowing you to learn from a first-person perspective what it is like to work in that lab.

It might seem like a lot of work, but researching the position, the institution, faculty, and staff will give you a competitive edge. Whoever reads your research assistant cover letter and CV will be able to tell the depth of your research. Your dedication and curiosity will really show in your application and distinguish you as a serious applicant from the rest of the hopefuls. It is also great preparation for the interview stage.

A research position cover letter should be no longer than a page. Your language must be succinct and clear. You must be able to demonstrate that you can express your ideas fluently and clearly – do not use informal language or include any fluff. Your cover letter is not the place to give a detailed account of every research position you have held.

Remember, your letter may go through several readers and not all of them may be researchers, so do not use overly technical language. Your letter must capture the interest of any reader, while further details of your research experiences and education can be included in your CV. If you want to accompany your cover letter with a stellar CV, check out our blog on how to write a CV for graduate school .

For your cover letter, use a classic font such as Times New Roman or Calibri sized 11 or 12 and break your letter into paragraphs. This order of paragraphs is not set in stone, but it may give you some ideas about how to structure your letter:

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How to Stand Out in Your Research Position Cover Letter

When you prepare your cover letter, you need to reflect on what makes you a unique candidate for the research position to which you’re applying. To do this, think about what may differentiate you from the competition and try to anticipate what other candidates may offer.

First of all, try to analyze and have a clear understanding of your depth of expertise in this field. Do you have a high research profile? Have you had much research experience in this field? If your answer is yes, then it might be a good point to include in your cover letter. Perhaps you have demonstrated passion for this research field, and you want to commit your future to this area of research? Or maybe you want to stay and work in this particular institution? Perhaps you completed your undergraduate degree there and know the ins-and-outs of their labs? Try to think of yourself in relation to the position, your potential colleagues, and the department. You might find more connections upon a deeper inspection.

Another great selling point is your ability to access research and funding networks and organizations. If you have had success in applying to and receiving research grants or organizing fundraisers for your research projects, be sure to include this in your cover letter. A colleague who can increase funding for a research project is an invaluable addition to any team.

If you do not have a strong research background in this field, do not worry. Try to think of your personal research experience – do you have a diverse background? Does your particular blend of experiences give you a unique perspective? If you have had research experience in a variety of disciplines, it might be your competitive edge!

What if you have not had the chance to gain research experience? Maybe you have had a limited amount of opportunities for research? You can talk about this in your cover letter by expressing enthusiasm to be exposed to research. In this case, try to focus on your biggest successes and most relevant qualities. You might possess a qualification that would be highly relevant to this research position even if you’ve never had a serious research experience. Have your abilities to multitask been praised by previous employers? Have you received awards for teaching excellence? Are you particularly skilled with technology and computer software? All these qualities and accomplishments may help you impress the reader. Try to market yourself, your skills, and qualifications in relation to the position – you might have something other applicants don’t.

How to Look for Research Positions if You Have Little to No Experience

If you have little to no research experience, but want this experience for your medical school application or to be eligible to apply for a research position you really want – here are some tips:

1. If you’re out of school, finding out about research positions and opportunities is quite difficult. Oftentimes, research positions are not posted externally. Even within the institution, professors and PIs tend to select students they have taught to help them in their research projects.

With this said, there are things you can do to search for these opportunities. One of the most common ways to find a research position is to email professors in the departments you would like to join as a researcher. Whether you are still a student or a graduate, explain in your email that you want to volunteer in the lab. Do not mention money – state clearly that you want to gain research experience. Without experience, a paying research position is almost impossible to get. Start as a volunteer and see where it takes you.

  • Your cover letter should include your most recent successes. Talk about your most recent or current jobs.
  • You should present evidence that would support your relevancy for the position in the first half of the letter. Support your pertinent qualifications with examples of achievements from your previous or current roles (i.e. awards, distinctions, publications, etc.).
  • Illustrate your successes with brief but solid examples, explaining why you would be a good fit for this position.
  • Concentrate on achievements and qualities that make you unique, rather than simply listing the job description’s criteria.
  • Your cover letter should indicate that you spent much time researching the position, the faculty, and the institution. Demonstrate how well you know the role and the research context when explaining your career motivations.
  • Ensure your letter is error-free and clearly written. A grammatically correct and succinct letter is professional and shows the reader you are capable of communicating effectively in writing.

Things to Avoid in Your Research Assistant Cover Letter

  • Do not summarize your CV or give too much detail. Remember, the reviewer already has your CV so it's not appropriate to list items that are available elsewhere in your application. You must be selective about the qualifications and responsibilities you emphasize.
  • Do not leave out examples when you make statements about the relevancy of your skills and experiences.
  • Never send the same cover letter to more than one employer. Do not cut and paste from one letter to another. Your reader will be able to tell your lack of research and career focus.
  • Do not use jargon and overly technical vocabulary. You might want to come off as a knowledgeable candidate for this position but try to stick to a professional tone and language as much as possible.
  • Do not concentrate your cover letter on what the employer can do for you. Instead, focus on what you can do for the employer and the research project.
  • Do not make statements that are too general. For example, do not say “I’ve always wanted to work in this research field” – rather, show that you have worked in this research area and that you are passionate about this field. Do not write that you want to work for this institution or with this PI because they are famous all over the world. You must include other reasons for wanting to work with them. Searching for validation might make the wrong impression and eliminate you from the competition.

Some Important Don'ts for Research Assistant Cover Letters:

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Research Assistant Cover Letter Sample #1

Dear Dr. Smith,

With this letter and enclosed CV, I would like to express my strong interest in the Research Assistant position you have available in the X department. I am a recent master’s graduate with experience in facilitating successful clinical trials. My graduate research involved working with clinicians and patient populations. Before my master’s, I graduated from a premed program at X university with the highest honors.

This research assistant position is a perfect combination of my educational background and my clinical experience. During my master’s degree, not only was I able to read, analyze, and interpret information from professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations, but I also participated in clinical procedures directed by my PI, Dr. John Johnson. I completed and maintained case report forms as per FDA guidelines and reviewed them against the patient’s medical record for completeness and accuracy. I was heavily involved in assisting my superiors with the clinical process. I collected, processed, and shipped blood and urine specimens at scheduled patients’ visits. I was in charge of ensuring that all laboratory results were given to appropriate doctors for review of clinical significance, then filed the results in the patient study binder. My dedication to research and my team earned me the Research Assistant Excellence Award. Today, I am still in touch with my PI and my colleagues, with whom I have maintained professional and friendly ties. After recently graduating from my master’s degree, I am looking to apply my skills and knowledge to your research project.

Aside from learning a set of clinical and laboratory skills, working in research has trained my other competencies. My research position involved working in a team of researchers from different disciplines and nationalities. This experience significantly improved my ability to communicate as I often found myself explaining complex concepts to people outside of the medical field. Working with such an international team taught me to problem-solve and find quick solutions. For example, one aspect of the project involved collaborating with team members in Japan. We had a hard time communicating due to the time difference. I suggested to my colleagues and PI that we create a message board online where we could quickly ask questions and send documents back and forth; this board was available both on mobiles and computers, allowing for easier communication between our two teams at any time. This initiative improved our productivity and speed, as well as allowed us to quickly communicate practical solutions to any problems that came up during research. This successful collaboration resulted in the university funding our research project for one more year.

My interests and responsibilities outside of research would also make great contributions to your team. I am particularly impressed with your Institution’s commitment to improving patient experience in deprived communities. As an active volunteer at my local Street Heath Community Clinic, your dedication to providing healthcare to all in need is very inspiring. I am also drawn to your department's interdisciplinary approach. As a master's graduate, I learned the value of combining academic and clinical research. I know from experience that thinking beyond your discipline will only improve your research approach and results.

I am confident that my clinical research experience, my in-depth educational background, and interests make me an ideal match for this position. I would appreciate any opportunity to discuss my expertise in more detail at the interview and I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

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What makes this cover letter strong:

1. Uses a personal address.

2. States right away that his/her educational and research background are relevant.

3. Gives solid descriptions of his/her duties, experiences, and successes in the most recent research project.

4. Uses specific examples to show his/her soft skills, including superb communication skills.

5. Mentions that he/she was able to secure extra funding for a research project.

6. Includes interests outside of research that make him/her relevant to this institution.

7. Restates his/her interest and shows confidence in closing remarks.

Research Assistant Cover Letter Sample #2 (No Research Experience)

Dear Dr. Roe,

I am writing to you regarding the Research Assistant position available at the Biological Sciences department at X University. As a second-year pre-medical student at X University, I strive to gain in-depth, comprehensive research experience, and the position of an assistant in your research project may become my stepping stone into the world of scientific discovery and progress. I am certain that my academic and professional experiences make me the perfect candidate for this research position.  

Research demands high attention to detail and accuracy. As a sophomore student majoring in biochemistry, I understand the great responsibility of scientific research. I have been exposed to the intricate nature of scientific discovery and trained to think like a future researcher. Not only have I achieved grades in the 80th percentile in all my premed courses, but my lab experiences have taught me how to build a hypothesis and develop a method of inquiry. During lab work, experiments did not always work the first time. I sought feedback from my supervisor about how to refine my technique, always striving for better results. My attention to detail allowed me to reach great heights in my premed coursework and I am ready to apply the skills I have learned to a serious research project.

My interests and competencies reach beyond academia and can help me become a valuable member of your research team. As a member of the student council at X University over the last two years, I am in charge of developing successful state and federal grant applications. Last year, I was successful in obtaining a municipal grant that was used to renovate computer labs in the Y building on our campus. Additionally, my organizational skills are further demonstrated by the fundraising events I have helped organize with the student body. While research demands high levels of scientific expertise and knowledge, research also requires paperwork and financial support from the state – my background can help advance our research in this regard. 

While I have not had the chance to participate in professional research, I have substantial professional experience in keeping records and updating databases while working as an assistant to my mother in our family's grocery store. In addition to working with numbers at the till, I was in charge of keeping records of deliveries. This responsibility taught me to keep neat and accurate records while working with a lot of information – a skill that’s greatly valuable while documenting the research process and findings. 

Working at the grocery has also trained my ability to interact and get along with a variety of people. Through cooperating with people of different languages and cultures, I developed outstanding comprehension and communication skills, which help me not only in my academic work but also in my personal life. Research is not a lonely endeavor – rather, it is a cooperative effort where communication and patience are key. My professional background will certainly make me a suitable member of any research team, and I would be honored if you gave me a chance to showcase my talents.   

I look forward to discussing my candidacy with you further. If you would like any additional information that will help me gain this position, please let me know. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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In truth, the recruiter may decide to go with a candidate with more research experience than you. However, your cover letter is exactly the place where you can address any lack of experiences found in your resume or CV. This letter is an opportunity to reinforce yourself as a candidate, rather than highlight your flaws.

If you do not have specific research experience appropriate for the position, perhaps you can augment your candidacy by demonstrating other qualities that your recruiter is seeking for in their potential colleague. For example, you can demonstrate that you are a fast learner with experience in reading and analyzing complex information, or that you have experience in organizing and executing fundraising activities.

A cover letter is your chance to be more than a list of experiences and accomplishments. You can make them come alive and describe how they are relevant to the specific position to which you’re applying. CVs can be a few pages long, it's a lot of information for reviewers to sift through. Instead, they prefer an easy to read, one-page document that summarizes an applicant’s main accomplishments, experiences, and overall suitability for the role. Keep in mind that hiring departments may not even review your CV if they are not first impressed by your cover letter.

Your cover letter is an addition to your CV, and you need to show you can concisely focus on the strongest experiences you have had. A well-written cover letter demonstrates your ability to write and prioritize information clearly, which is something you must do as a researcher. Even though most job criteria have more than 3 qualities or skills they look for, it is important to stay succinct in your cover letter.

Remember, you cannot just list the skills but must show that you have them by using concrete examples of encounters and interactions you have had. Including examples will limit the number of skills you can include in your cover letter to a maximum of 3, as it is usually not possible to talk about more than 3 in any detail at all. So, reflect on your experiences and pick a maximum of 3 that you have solid examples for.

Your cover letter must be easy to follow and easy to read. Consider ordering your experiences in chronological order so the reader can follow the timeline of events easily. Include your most recent experiences.

Brainstorming experiences, creating an outline, writing, revising, and finalizing your cover letter may take a while, so think about giving yourself at least 1 week. Pay attention to the deadline to submit your job application and give yourself enough time.

Once you have created an outline and thought up experiences, you want to write your body paragraphs first, using a few sentences to describe each experience and what you gained from it that will contribute to this research position. You can then write succinct concluding and opening paragraphs. You want to ensure you read through your cover letter at least twice and correct any instances of unclear phrasing. Your first revision should be designed to change any wording or examples that are not as effective. Your second revision should finalize all the elements of your cover letter and include a check of grammar and fix any typos.

No, they don’t! You could have picked up relevant skills for a research position through academic experiences, but also through extracurriculars, volunteering, other work, or even personal experiences. For example, playing on a sports team teaches you a lot about perseverance, reliability, and teamwork. You can definitely include these types of experiences if you feel they are relevant.

To get an idea of what kind of experiences you should include, start by looking at the job posting. The job description should indicate the main criteria the recruiters are looking for in their candidates. Make a list of all the examples you can think of that relate to those criteria, and then choose a few that best highlight a variety of skills. Make sure to include the most recent examples in your cover letter.

If you’re an undergraduate student, start looking for research positions in your school. They may be posted in science department classrooms, on the departments' website pages, or around the lab spaces. It's also important to pay attention to your professors, perhaps they have mentioned that they are involved in a research project right now and are looking for a student assistant. If you're unsure, don't be afraid to ask them if they are looking for any help.

If you’re no longer a student, you can always reach out to your past professors and ask if they need any help with research. Make inquiries in local medical centers, hospitals, and other institutions. You will need to explain your situation and ask if they are looking for any help. Be aware that many entry-level positions are not paid well. Sometimes you may be required to help for free, but this will all depend on the position. If you have volunteered or shadowed a physician, you should reach out to them and ask if they are involved in research and could use your help.

If you are a serious researcher, you can look for research positions on job websites. These positions usually require an in-depth research background. If you are simply looking to gain some experience to build up your medical school applications, this option may not be for you. Some research projects last years and med schools can be skeptical of applicants who spend too much time on research and not enough time gaining clinical experience. They might wonder how well you will transition to patient interaction and clinical work.

You should avoid using any funky fonts, colors, or formatting in your cover letter. It is a professional document not suitable for experiments. So, stick to the standard font types and size, professional tone, and appearance.

You can certainly include these great achievements as long as they add to the overall narrative of your cover letter. Be sure to show what kind of skills and qualities your accomplishments helped you develop. Make your achievements come alive on the page.

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Are cover letters the same as resumes, but longer? Definitely not!

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Well, great cover letters give you the opportunity to tell a personal story, while making the right impression and proving you’re the best candidate at the same time.

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So what’s the difference between a cover letter and a resume?

In short – the resume showcases your achievements and skills, while the cover letter focuses more on your personality and motivations.

Of course, you should mention some of your relevant skills in the cover letter as well. But make sure you’re not repeating your resume word by word.

Now let's move on to the things that make every cover letter great!

Address your cover letter to the right person and make your introduction strong

Choosing the right salutation for your cover letter is crucial – after all, it’s the first thing the hiring manager will read.

For this reason, we’ve gathered several classic salutations. Note that some of them could be used even if you don't know the hiring manager's name.

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The introduction of your Researcher cover letter is without a doubt crucial for the first impression you’ll make as an applicant. But is there a way to make sure your opening line is good enough?

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Try to be original. Don’t go for phrases like “I want to apply for the position that I saw advertised on platform X”. They're outdated and sound like you’ve got nothing better to say

Emphasize your Researcher soft skills and mention your hard skills

So what skills do you need to include? Well, unfortunately, there’s no one answer to this. It all depends on the job description and the skills you’ve currently got.

According to experts, what recruiters look for in cover letters is how you can link your soft skills to particular achievements and goals. So, try to figure out what has helped you on the way to success.

However, don’t forget about hard skills. Even if they’re not the focus of your happy story, you need to include at least the ones that were mentioned as part of the requirements section of the job posting. This will help you pass applicant tracking systems (ATS) that screen applicant documents for certain keywords and phrases.

Show that you know the company and its problems well

Proving that you’re familiar with the company is a great way to win the recruiter’s heart. It shows that you’ve taken some time for research and that you’re attentive to detail.

What’s more, it will also help you find out the issues at hand. This way, you can link your own skills and qualifications to some potential challenges the company might have to deal with in the future.

End on a positive note

While the introduction is the best way to make a good impression, using the right words to end your cover letter can help you get a callback.

Our advice is to make sure that your closing line matches the company culture. However, “Looking forward to hearing from you” and other traditional phrases are always a safe choice.

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How to Write a Research Assistant Cover Letter (3 Examples)

By Ammar Ahmed

Published: November 29, 2023

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Ammar Ahmed

Ammar Ahmed

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Crafting a compelling Research Assistant cover letter can be the key to landing your dream role in academia or industry. It’s more than just a formality; it’s an opportunity to showcase your passion and qualifications. This article will guide aspiring Research Assistants in creating a cover letter that stands out, leaving a lasting impression on potential employers.

Creating a Winning Research Assistant Cover Letter

A cover letter isn’t just a summary of your CV—it’s your personalized pitch to the hiring team. In this section, we delve deep into what makes a Research Assistant cover letter not just good, but exceptional. Let’s begin by discussing the significance of researching the company and the specific position you’re applying for.

Researching the Company and Position

Before you even start drafting your cover letter, it’s essential to thoroughly research the institution or organization you’re applying to . Often, companies that hire Research Assistants have specific goals, missions, or values related to their research endeavors. Understanding these will not only allow you to align your pitch more closely with what they’re looking for but will also demonstrate your proactive approach and genuine interest in the role.

  • Aligning with Company Values and Goals: It’s not enough to merely mention your skills and experiences. Relate them to the company’s broader mission. For instance, if the company is dedicated to environmental research, highlight your commitment and contributions to this field.
  • Understanding the Specific Actor Role: The world of research is vast. Are they into clinical studies, field research, or lab-based experiments? Tailor your cover letter to speak directly to the nuances of the role they’re hiring for, showcasing your expertise and enthusiasm for that specific niche.

Structuring Your Cover Letter

Every Research Assistant role can be a unique blend of responsibilities, making it essential to strategically structure your cover letter to communicate your suitability effectively.

Here’s a detailed breakdown to ensure your Research Assistant cover Letter is organized, coherent, and resonates with potential employers:

  • Heading and Salutation: Begin with your contact information at the top-left corner, followed by the date, and then the employer’s contact information. When addressing your cover letter, always aim for a specific name. “Dear Hiring Committee” or “To Whom It May Concern” can feel impersonal. If the job listing doesn’t specify a contact person, a little research might yield a name. Addressing it to a specific individual shows initiative and effort.
  • Opening Paragraph – Grabbing Attention: The first few lines are crucial. Begin by mentioning the Research Assistant position you’re applying for, but also weave in a personal connection or notable achievement that relates to the research field. For instance: “Having been part of a groundbreaking study on neural networks, I was thrilled to see the opportunity to join your team focusing on AI-driven research.”
  • Middle Paragraph(s) – Showcasing Your Skills and Experience: Dive deep into what makes you the ideal candidate. Highlight specific projects or tasks you’ve managed, relevant methodologies you’re proficient in, or key collaborations you’ve been a part of. For a Research Assistant, it might be beneficial to discuss your hands-on experience with certain equipment, your role in past publications, or any interdisciplinary work you’ve done that aligns with the company’s goals.
  • Closing Paragraph – Expressing Enthusiasm and Call to Action: Reiterate your enthusiasm for the role and how your unique blend of skills and passion aligns with the company’s research objectives. Also, indicate your eagerness for a further discussion. A statement like, “I’m eager to discuss how my expertise in cellular biology can advance your research on stem cell therapies,” can be effective.
  • Signature and Contact Information: Conclude with a formal closing, such as “Sincerely” or “Kind Regards,” followed by your signature (if submitting a hard copy or a scanned version). Beneath the signature, type your full name, and provide contact details, including your phone number and professional email address, ensuring the employer can easily get in touch.

Highlighting Relevant Skills and Experience

For an aspiring Research Assistant, possessing a blend of both hard and soft skills is crucial. While your qualifications might get your foot in the door, it’s the depth of your experience and the breadth of your skills that can truly make you stand out.

Let’s delve into the specific skills and experiences that can make your Research Assistant cover letter shine:

  • Technical and Subject Expertise: Depending on the field of research, your technical prowess in using certain equipment or software could be invaluable. For instance, if you’re venturing into biomedical research, proficiency in tools like PCR machines or electron microscopes can be a huge asset. Furthermore, having deep knowledge in subjects like molecular biology, data analytics, or whichever area aligns with the specific role, will showcase your readiness to contribute immediately.
  • Research Skills: Beyond mere subject knowledge, emphasize the diverse research methodologies you’re acquainted with. Whether it’s qualitative research methods, like case studies and interviews, or quantitative methods, like statistical analysis or controlled experiments, highlight them. Moreover, mention your experience in designing research projects, data collection, and interpreting results, as these demonstrate your capability to see a research project through from conception to conclusion.
  • Communication Skills: In a research environment, effective communication is paramount. Whether it’s relaying intricate details to a team, presenting findings to stakeholders, or writing research papers for journals, your ability to articulate complex information simply and clearly is essential. If you’ve contributed to or authored any publications, this is the time to mention them.
  • Problem-solving and Critical Thinking: Research often involves venturing into the unknown. Highlight instances where you’ve encountered challenges in your past roles and how you overcame them using analytical and critical thinking. Perhaps you found a unique solution to a common problem or proposed a new angle to approach a research question. Such experiences not only demonstrate your adaptability but also your commitment to pushing boundaries in the realm of research.

Tailoring Your Cover Letter

A generic cover letter can be spotted from a mile away and can quickly end up in the reject pile. Tailoring your Research Assistant cover letter specifically to the role and institution you’re applying to can make all the difference. It conveys effort, attention to detail, and a genuine interest in the position.

Here’s how to make your cover letter uniquely suited to the job at hand :

  • Addressing the Hiring Manager: As previously mentioned, addressing your cover letter to a specific individual rather than a vague “To Whom It May Concern” can set the right tone from the beginning. If the hiring manager’s name isn’t provided in the job listing, consider reaching out to the institution’s HR department or doing some online research. This small effort can make a substantial difference in personalizing your cover letter.
  • Matching Job Description Keywords: Scour the job description for keywords and phrases that define the role of a Research Assistant. For instance, terms like “quantitative analysis,” “lab management,” “data collection,” “statistical software,” “peer-reviewed publications,” or “fieldwork” might be emphasized depending on the role. Incorporate these terms naturally into your cover letter, linking them directly to your experiences and skills. By doing so, you not only demonstrate your alignment with the job requirements but also make it evident that you’ve thoroughly read and understood the job description.
  • Demonstrating Cultural Fit: Every research institution or organization has its unique culture, ethos, and values. Whether it’s a commitment to interdisciplinary research, an emphasis on community engagement, or a particular approach to problem-solving, get a sense of what drives the organization. Then, weave in examples from your own experience or aspirations that align with these values. Demonstrating that you’re not just a fit for the role, but also for the broader team and institutional culture, can give you an edge in the selection process.

Providing Evidence of Your Accomplishments

In academia, numbers often speak louder than words. They measure impact, define success, and build credibility. As a Research Assistant, quantifying your achievements can significantly enhance the persuasive power of your cover letter. By translating your experiences into concrete metrics, you provide a clear, relatable snapshot of your capabilities.

Here’s how to effectively highlight your accomplishments:

  • Quantifiable Achievements: Numbers speak volumes. If you’ve played a role in securing grants, specify the amount and its impact. For instance: “Successfully co-authored and secured a $50,000 grant for a 3-year study on climate change’s impact on local biodiversity.” Such quantifiable achievements provide concrete proof of your skills and can be particularly impressive to potential employers.
  • Relevant Projects and Outcomes: Dive into projects that are closely related to the position you’re applying for or those that have significant outcomes. Perhaps you were a key contributor to a research paper that was published in a renowned journal. Mention it as:

“Contributed to a groundbreaking study on neural plasticity, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscientific Research in 2022.” Or maybe you’ve presented your findings at notable conferences: “Presented research outcomes on sustainable agriculture at the International Environmental Science Conference, 2021.” 

By spotlighting relevant projects and their tangible outcomes, you paint a picture of a driven and result-oriented Research Assistant, enhancing your chances of being noticed.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

Even the most qualified Research Assistants can find their cover letters sidelined by a few common, avoidable errors. It’s essential to be aware of these pitfalls so that your letter captures attention for all the right reasons. We will explore these mistakes and offer solutions to ensure your cover letter remains in the ‘must-interview’ pile.

  • Lack of Research on the Institution or Project: A generic cover letter is a missed opportunity. Failing to mention specifics about the institution or the ongoing projects can suggest a lack of genuine interest. Allocate time to explore the institution’s research, significant achievements, or ongoing projects. Mentioning a recent paper or expressing excitement about a particular research direction can resonate with the hiring manager, showcasing your eagerness to be a part of their team.
  • Focusing Solely on Academics: While your academic accomplishments are vital, research institutions also value practical experience, collaboration, and problem-solving. Balance your academic achievements with real-world applications. Highlight projects where you’ve applied academic learnings, interdisciplinary collaborations, or any outreach efforts that showcase a broader skill set.
  • Lack of Enthusiasm or Confidence: A cover letter that sounds too mechanical or lacks conviction can be off-putting. Hiring managers are not just looking for skills; they’re searching for individuals passionate about their work. Use affirmative language and be genuine in expressing your excitement for the role. Phrases like “I am eager to contribute” or “I am excited about the possibilities” can convey both confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Grammar and Spelling Errors: A cover letter with typos or grammatical mistakes can immediately cast doubts about your attention to detail—a crucial trait for any Research Assistant. Always proofread your cover letter multiple times. Consider using tools like grammar checkers or have a trusted colleague or mentor review it. Remember, your cover letter is often the first impression, so make it error-free.

By sidestepping these common mistakes, your cover letter will not only reflect your qualifications as a Research Assistant but also your dedication, thoroughness, and genuine interest in the role.

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Research Assistant Cover Letter Examples

Understanding the intricacies of crafting a compelling Research Assistant cover letter is crucial, but seeing real-world examples can offer a tangible framework to build upon. These examples encompass the advice we’ve discussed, providing you with clear templates to modify according to your personal experiences and the specific role you’re targeting.

Entry-Level Research Assistant Cover Letter

For those just stepping into the world of research, conveying your passion, foundational skills, and eagerness to learn can be your ticket to standing out.

Here’s an example tailored for an entry-level Research Assistant:

Amanda Turner 123 Elm Street Boston, MA 02116 [email protected] (123) 456-7890

October 25, 2023

Dr. Jennifer Wallace Harvard Medical School 25 Shattuck Street Boston, MA 02115

Dear Dr. Wallace,

I am writing to express my keen interest in the Research Assistant position at Harvard Medical School, a position I discovered on the HMS Careers portal. Having recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science from Boston University, I am equipped with a comprehensive understanding of cellular mechanisms and physiological processes. My academic projects included hands-on work with gene sequencing tools and CRISPR technology, providing me with a taste of real-world research.

What truly fuels my interest in research, however, is the work that the Department of Genetics at HMS is pioneering. Your recent publication on the therapeutic potentials of CRISPR in treating rare genetic diseases was not only insightful but also aligned with the direction I envision for my research career.

Understanding that practical experience is the cornerstone of research, I had the privilege of assisting in the Genetics Lab at Boston University. Here, I collaborated on a project that aimed to study genetic variations in mice, instilling in me a profound appreciation for meticulous data collection, team collaboration, and the iterative nature of research.

I am genuinely excited about the opportunity to contribute to and learn from the groundbreaking work being undertaken at Harvard Medical School. My foundational education, initial exposure to hands-on research, and deep-seated passion for genetics make me confident in my ability to contribute positively to your team.

Thank you for considering my application. I am enthusiastic about the possibility of joining your team and am available at your earliest convenience for a conversation.

Warm regards,

Amanda Turner

Psychology Research Assistant Cover Letter

If you want to work as a Psychology Research Assistant, you need more than just book knowledge. Your cover letter should talk about your love for studying the mind and share stories from your past work or studies.

Let’s look at a sample cover letter to get some ideas:

Natalie Rodriguez 456 Pine Avenue San Francisco, CA 94105 [email protected] (415) 789-0123

Dr. Jonathan Simmons Department of Psychology Stanford University 450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305

Dear Dr. Simmons,

I am writing to express my enthusiastic interest in the Psychology Research Assistant position at Stanford University’s Department of Psychology, as listed on the university’s employment webpage. As a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, I bring a robust academic background complemented by hands-on research experience.

My intrigue in behavioral psychology was significantly deepened by my coursework, particularly the classes focusing on cognitive biases and decision-making. Under the mentorship of Prof. Jane Collins at UC Berkeley, I had the privilege of assisting in a study examining the effects of sleep deprivation on decision-making processes. My role included participant recruitment, data collection, and preliminary data analysis using SPSS.

I have closely followed the research emerging from Stanford’s Cognitive and Behavioral Lab and was particularly captivated by your recent publication on the influence of social media on adolescent decision-making patterns. The nuanced understanding and the interdisciplinary approach taken by your team is precisely the environment I am eager to contribute to and learn from.

In addition to my technical skills, such as proficiency in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, I bring strong communication skills, having coordinated with diverse participant groups during past research projects. My ability to empathize, coupled with a keen attention to detail, ensures that I can efficiently and ethically handle sensitive participant data and interactions.

Joining the team at Stanford’s Department of Psychology presents an invaluable opportunity to further my skills and contribute to pioneering research in the realm of behavioral psychology. I am confident that my background, enthusiasm, and dedication to the field will make me a valuable asset to your team.

I appreciate your consideration and look forward to the opportunity to discuss how I can contribute to the ongoing research endeavors at Stanford. Please feel free to contact me at the provided email or phone number.

Natalie Rodriguez

Clinical Research Assistant Cover Letter

Working in clinical research means being careful, understanding, and always following the rules. For a Clinical Research Assistant job, your cover letter should share your experiences and show that you can handle the important tasks that come with the role.

Here’s a sample cover letter to help you out:

Ethan Parker 789 Maple Drive Seattle, WA 98104 [email protected] (206) 901-2345

Dr. Lisa Hamilton Director of Clinical Research Seattle Children’s Hospital 4800 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Dear Dr. Hamilton,

I am reaching out to express my keen interest in the Clinical Research Assistant position at Seattle Children’s Hospital, a role I learned about through the hospital’s career portal. With a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Washington and hands-on experience in clinical research coordination, I am eager to contribute to and grow with the esteemed clinical research team at your institution.

During my tenure at the Washington University Medical Center, I was closely involved in a pediatric oncology study. My responsibilities encompassed patient recruitment, obtaining informed consent, coordinating clinical trial visits, and maintaining meticulous patient records in accordance with HIPAA guidelines. This experience provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the nuances of clinical research, especially within a pediatric setting.

I have been particularly inspired by Seattle Children’s Hospital’s groundbreaking research on pediatric neurology. Your team’s recent publication on early interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders resonated deeply with me, aligning with my personal and professional aspirations.

In addition to my clinical coordination skills, I am proficient in utilizing electronic medical records systems and clinical databases. My interpersonal and communication skills have been instrumental in fostering trust with participants and ensuring smooth collaboration with multidisciplinary teams.

I am excited about the prospect of contributing to the vital clinical research conducted at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I am confident that my unique blend of skills, coupled with my passion for advancing pediatric healthcare, positions me well to make meaningful contributions to your team.

Thank you for considering my application. I am eager to further discuss how my experience aligns with the goals of your department. Please feel free to reach out to me at your earliest convenience.

Yours Sincerely,

Ethan Parker

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Research cover letter

When it comes to writing a cover letter for a research position, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure that your letter is addressed to the correct person. Then, you want to briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in the position. Be sure to mention your relevant skills and experience, as well as any relevant coursework or research you have done. Finally, be sure to express your enthusiasm for the position and thank the recipient for their time. By following these tips, you can be sure that your research cover letter will make a great first impression. Thank you for your consideration!

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How To Write a Research Cover Letter?

The cover letter is one of the most important parts of any research proposal. It is the first thing that a journal editor or reviewer sees, and it sets the tone for the rest of the document. A well-written cover letter will capture the editor’s attention and make them want to read more. By contrast, a poorly written cover letter will do just the opposite.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of success. Here are seven tips for writing an effective research cover letter:

  • Start with a bang: The first sentence of your cover letter should be attention-grabbing and compel the reader to read on.
  • Keep it short and sweet: Cover letters should be no more than one page in length. Get to the point quickly and avoid adding unnecessary details.
  • Highlight your strengths: Use your cover letter to highlight your most important qualifications and achievements. Don’t be shy about bragging a little bit – this is your chance to sell yourself!
  • Explain why your research is important: Be sure to explain why your research is important and how it will contribute to the field. This is what will really capture the editor’s attention.
  • Make it error-free: Proofread your cover letter carefully before sending it off – even small mistakes can make you look unprofessional.
  • Follow submission guidelines: Make sure you follow all of the journal’s submission guidelines, including formatting requirements for the cover letter itself. failure to do so could result in your paper being automatically rejected without being sent out for review at all!

These seven tips should help you write an effective research cover letter that will improve your chances of getting your paper accepted for publication. Remember, this is just one part of the equation – be sure to put just as much effort into writing a strong paper itself!

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Research Cover Letter

Dear hiring Manager,

As a , I am excited to apply for the position at . My research experience and skills make me the ideal candidate for this position, and I am eager to contribute to the team.

During my time as a research assistant at , I honed my skills in data collection and analysis, as well as literature review and synthesis. C onfident in my ability to design and conduct research projects, as well as effectively communicate findings. I It also familiar with a variety of research methods and software programs that would be beneficial to the team.

Believe that my skills and experience make me the perfect candidate for the research cover letter sample position, and I am excited to learn more about _ . Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Research Assistant Cover Letter

I am writing in regards to the research assistant opening at your company. I am confident that I have the skills and experience required for this role and would be a valuable asset to your team.

As a research assistant at my previous job, I was responsible for conducting literature reviews, data collection and analysis, and preparing reports. Have experience coordinating research projects and collaborating with other team members. I am best in research methods and have a strong interest in the topic area.

Confident that I can make a significant contribution to your company as a research assistant. I am eager to utilize my skills and experience in this role and would appreciate the opportunity to do so.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Cover Letter For Research Internship

Writing to apply for the research internship position advertised on your website.

Currently a third year psychology student at XYZ University and I am very interested in pursuing a career in research. Believe that this internship would be the perfect opportunity for me to gain some valuable experience in the field.

Have excellent academic credentials and also have involve in a number of research projects during my time at the university. The confident that I have the skills and abilities to be successful in this role. To available to start work from June onwards and would be grateful if you could keep me in mind for any upcoming vacancies. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

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Research Analyst Cover Letter

I am writing in regards to the research analyst position that you have recently posted. In the job description, I believe that I am a strong candidate for the role and would like to consider above all.

As a research analyst, I have gained extensive experience in data analysis, report writing, and presentations. I have also developed excellent research and problem-solving skills. In addition, I have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

I am confident that I can be an asset to your organization and would welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications in further detail. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Research Associate Cover Letter

Writing to apply for the research associate position at your company. It is a recent graduate of XYZ University with a degree in Biology and have experience working in a research laboratory. I am excited to put my skills and knowledge to work in a new setting, and believe that I would be an asset to your team.

In my previous position, I was responsible for conducting experiments, documenting results, and writing reports. The well-versed in the scientific method and have a keen eye for detail. I am also proficient in Microsoft Office and various statistical software programs.

It eager to contribute to the research being conducted at your company and would welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications further. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Sample Cover Letter For a Research Assistant With No Experience

I am writing to apply for the research assistant position advertised on your website. Although I have no previous experience working as a research assistant, I am confident that I have the skills and abilities necessary to be successful in this role.

In particular, I have strong research and analytical skills, which I believe would be beneficial in conducting research projects. Additionally, I am highly organized and detail-oriented, which would be beneficial in managing data and keeping track of project progress. Finally, I have excellent written and verbal communication skills, which would be beneficial in communicating with team members and stakeholders.

Overall, I believe that my skills and abilities would make me an ideal candidate for the research assistant position. I am eager to utilize my skills in a professional setting and contribute to the success of your research projects. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my qualifications further with you in an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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7 Things To Include In Research Cover Letter

A research cover letter is a document that introduces your skills and strengths in relation to the position you are applying for. A research cover letter should be included with every application you submit to a potential employer, whether it is for a postdoctoral fellowship, a faculty position, or another type of research position. The cover letter gives you an opportunity to explain why you are the best candidate for the position and how your skills and experience will contribute to the success of the research project. While there is no one-size-fits-all template for a research cover letter, there are some essential elements that should be included in all letters. Here are seven tips for writing an effective research cover letter.

  • Start by introducing yourself and explain why you are interested in the position.
  • Summarize your relevant skills and experience.
  • Discuss your previous research achievements and how they will benefit the project you are applying for.
  • Indicate your willingness to work hard and be an asset to the team.
  • Mention any connection you have to the institution or region where the position is located.
  • Proofread your letter carefully before sending it off.
  • Follow up with a phone call or email after you have submitted your application to express your continued interest in the position.

By following these tips, you can write an effective research cover letter that will increase your chances of being selected for an interview.

Related: What is Cover Letter? Complete Guide To Get any Job.

When it comes to applying for a research position, your cover letter is your first impression. You want to make sure it’s strong enough to convince the hiring manager to take a closer look at your application.

The best way to do this is to use a research cover letter sample as a guide. This will show you what kind of information to include in your letter, as well as how to format it for maximum impact.

When you’re ready to start writing, simply follow the instructions below. Choose a research cover letter sample that best fits your needs and customize it with your own qualifications and experiences. Be sure to proofread your letter carefully before sending it off – you want to make sure it’s perfect!

Best of luck in your job search!

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Research Assistant Cover Letter Sample

Finding a job as a research assistant is not unattainable if you can compose a perfect cover letter. To help you land that job and start your career, we’ve outlined how to write a cover letter step by step and included a research assistant cover letter sample to get you going. And if you need expert help, use our online resume and cover letter service and tips for simple cover letter writing. Let’s dive in!

Cover Letter for a Research Assistant [Example] 

Ensure that you use the right cover letter format to make it look readable, polished, and professional.

[Your name]

[Your address]

[Your phone and email]

[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

[341 Company Address]

Company City, State XXXXX]


[[email protected]]

Dear [Mr./ Mrs./Miss.] [Hiring Manager’s Name]

I am writing to apply for the position of [Position Name] at [Company Name] as advertised on [Website Name]. Awaiting graduation for my master’s in the field of biology, I was delighted to see your call for a research assistant. I have hands-on experience developing research techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis, making me the best candidate to join your team. 

Let me list some of my accomplishments during my internship as a research assistant when I was able to accumulate commendable experiences. Here they are:

  • initiated a new bacterial strain library and organic extraction organization pattern, which resulted in a 5% increase in research efficiency;
  • carried out over 100 mouse surgeries and curated pre- and post-surgical care;
  • modified a molecular tool to improve observation of molecules in vivo and attained 200% greater accuracy as a result.

I have attached my resume illustrating my relevant skills, experience, and accomplishments. I appreciate you taking the time to read this, and I hope to hear from you soon.

[Your Name]

This is one of the well-written research assistant cover letter examples you can use to create your own document. Now, let’s move on to the standards of writing cover letters.

Research Assistant Cover Letter Template

Consider using a modern cover letter template and format following the guidelines below:

  • maintain a friendly and professional tone throughout your research assistant cover letter;
  • be accurate and concise;
  • do not exceed 3-4 paragraphs;
  • double-space your paragraphs;
  • choose Georgia, Calibri, Helvetica, Trebuchet MS, or other respected fonts;
  • keep margins 1 inch per edge;
  • write an attention-grabbing introduction;
  • capture your value;
  • demonstrate your work experience.

Ultimate Guide on How to Write a Research Assistant Cover Letter

A cover letter guide is an ultimate way to get a perfect letter for a job offer. It takes time to master writing skills, and not every research assistant expert can write a great cover letter. But our cover letter writers for hire do extensive research to scrutinize all the information and put everything in one place, and you’ll be able to make your cover letter effective, to the point, and concise.

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How to Format Your Research Assistant Cover Letter

The correct format makes research assistant cover letters appealing and helps a hiring manager notice your worth quickly. The following is a list of cover letter formatting tips to get you closer to your dream job:

  • contact information;
  • salutation and introduction;
  • body paragraphs;
  • call-to-action;

Cover Letter Heading

Your cover letter research assistant should include a well-designed header, which is the first thing a hiring manager sees. If well-designed, the cover letter can convince the hiring manager of your proficiency. It’s simple to use the right cover letter header design. Learn all you need to know from the example below.

Cover Letter Sample for Research Assistant [Heading]

Here is one of the relevant cover letter examples research assistant:

Anne Marrie

512 Bubby Drive

Dublin, TX, 56785 United States

(214) 320- 7890

[email protected]

Date and Company Details on Cover Letter

The date shows how recent your cover letter for research assistant position is, and it should appear between the header and the company details. The company details include the addressed person’s title, company name, address, city, and state zip code.

Example Cover Letter Research Assistant [Date and Company Details]

The date and company details should appear immediately after the header. Here is this part from a sample cover letter for research assistant:

February 10, 2022

Stevenson Roberts

352 Magnolia Dr.,

Greenville, SC 66778

(722) 333-5634

[[email protected]]

Cover Letter Greeting

You should also pay attention to your cover letter greeting. This element of the cover letter research position is an opportunity to show professionalism.

“Dear [Mr./Ms./Mx.] [Hiring Manager’s Surname],” is a good greeting if you know the hiring manager’s name. “Dear Marketing Team,” outperforms the formal “To Whom It May Concern,” salutation when you don’t know the recipient’s name.

Cover Letter Example for Research Assistant [Greeting]

Here is a cover letter greeting from a cover letter example research assistant:

“Dear Mrs. Meghan Johnson,”

“Dear Research Team,”

What to Include in a Research Assistant Cover Letter [Body]

You should be able to compose an excellent body part when learning how to write a cover letter for a research assistant position. Market yourself in two or three body paragraphs. State the position and the company you’re applying to in a captivating opening paragraph. Try and include a bulleted list of your most remarkable accomplishments. Conclude by reaffirming your interest and sharing your phone number and email address details.

Research Assistant Cover Letter Sample [Body]

Let’s see how this part looks in one of the cover letter examples for research assistant: 

“I was excited to see an opening for the position of [Position] at [Company Name] as advertised in [Website Name]. My background is in medical laboratory, and I am awaiting graduation. Here is what I’ve accomplished during my college education: 

  • participated in 5 research projects; 
  • was praised for exceptional performance and organizational abilities;
  • won the award “Best Student Researcher” for my dedication to the most recent project. 

I believe I am the best-suited candidate to join your team and accomplish the organization’s objectives. Let’s discuss how I can contribute to your company. Please feel free to contact me via [phone number] or [email address].”

Closing Paragraph for Cover Letter

No hiring manager likes a bland cover letter closing. Keep it simple but add detailed information. Optionally, you can include a postscript. The key to an effective cover letter conclusion is to stimulate the reader’s interest and boost your chances of getting hired, as seen in one of the research assistant cover letter samples below.

Research Assistant Cover Letter Example [Closing]

The goal of a thrilling finish is to secure the interview. Look at the following research assistant cover letter example:

“If I’m hired for this position, I’ll demonstrate the same dedication that helped me initiate a new organization of bacterial strain library and organic extraction, resulting in a 5% increase in research efficiency.”

Exploit Your Skills

Mentioning your core skills when writing a cover letter for research assistant is crucial. Most hiring managers have an applicant tracking system (ATS) that checks your submitted job application for keywords relevant to the job offer, so make sure you describe soft and hard skills that fit the job description. 

Analytical, organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills are soft skills, while data analysis and data collection are hard skills for graduates interested in research assistant positions.

Include Relevant Keywords

Keywords are words in a cover letter that link to specific skills, competencies, and other qualities employers search for when screening applications.

In a cover letter sample for research assistant, they can link directly to the position you’re applying for and highlight your experience and qualifications.

Using the right keywords, such as skills-based and result-oriented words, can help your application pass through additional tracking methods organizations use to filter prospects.

The Bottom Line

Let’s summarize the crucial steps of writing a cover letter.

  • Before writing, ensure the research assistant letter format is up-to-date.
  • Mention your address, the date of writing, and company details.
  • Begin with a catchy introduction that excites your reader.
  • Write a selling body for your research assistant cover letter, presenting your key skills, qualifications, and experience.
  • Make your achievements quantifiable to stand out from other applicants.
  • Finish the letter with a strong call to action and, possibly, a postscript. ‍

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  • A cover letter can be the most important element in a job application. Ensuring your profile stands out to recruiters is crucial to your professional success.
  • A well-tailored cover letter should provide relevant information clearly and concisely. Focus on detailing your skills and why you are the right person for that specific role.
  • The included Research Scientist cover letter template provides an easy starting point to craft your own cover letters. Adapt and personalize it to fit your profile.

A well-written cover letter is key to quickly getting the attention of prospective employers. Among countless job seekers, resumes, and application letters, yours need to stand out on first impression if you want to ensure your job search   translates to a new role .

In this post, you will discover:

  • Reasons why a well-crafted cover letter is key to professional success, from entry-level roles to senior positions
  • Cover letter do’s and dont’s
  • A Research Scientist sample cover letter you can easily adapt and personalize

A well-tailored   cover letter : The key to   job application   success

Ensuring you know how to write a cover letter that is clear, informative, and tailored to the role you are applying to will benefit you in many ways. Well-crafted cover letters have many benefits, which include:

  • Showcasing relevance:   Tailoring your cover letter allows you to emphasize the most relevant skills, experiences, and achievements that align with the specific job requirements. This immediately captures the attention of the   talent acquisition   team, recruiters, or human resources reps.
  • Demonstrating research:   A good cover letter conveys your understanding of the organization's needs and illustrates how you can contribute to its success, signaling to potential employers that you've done your homework.
  • Telling your story:   Each job application is unique, and a tailored cover letter enables you to craft a personalized narrative. It lets you connect your professional journey with the role's specific challenges and opportunities, making your application more compelling.
  • Highlighting cultural fit:   Your cover letter allows you to address the company's values, mission, and culture. By aligning your experiences and values with those of the organization, you demonstrate a cultural fit and convey your enthusiasm for being part of the team.
  • Addressing specific requirements:   Job postings often include   specific skills or qualifications   the employer is seeking. Tailoring your cover letter enables you to address these requirements directly, showcasing how you possess the desired attributes and can meet the company's expectations.

Cover letter tips

A great cover letter should reflect your professional profile and personality. However, no matter what your cover letter's content is, the tips below will help ensure the message you want to convey is clear and easily accessible to hiring managers.

  • Keep it concise:   Aim for a cover letter length of 250-400 words. Be succinct in presenting your qualifications and experiences.
  • Use a clean layout:   Opt for a professional and clean cover letter format with a standard font (e.g., Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman) and a font size of 10-12 points.
  • Include   contact information :   Provide your contact information at the top of the cover letter, including your name, phone number, and professional email address.
  • Use   headers   and sections:   Organize your cover letter into clear sections with headers such as Introduction, Work Experience, and Achievements for easy readability.
  • Maintain a professional tone:   Keep the tone of your cover letter professional and upbeat. Avoid overly casual language, and focus on showcasing your skills and experiences.
  • Use keywords:   Incorporate relevant keywords from the Agile Project Manager   job description   and company website into your cover letter. This can help your application pass through   applicant tracking systems (ATS)   used by many employers.
  • Highlight achievements with bullet points:   Use bullet points to list specific accomplishments or notable projects. This makes it easier for the reader to grasp your accomplishments quickly.
  • Use quantifiable data:   Whenever possible, include quantifiable data to demonstrate the impact of your achievements. Numbers provide concrete evidence of your contributions.
  • Match company tone:   Adapt your writing style to match the tone of the company and industry. Research the company's culture to strike the right balance between professionalism and personality.
  • Showcase company knowledge:   Demonstrate your understanding of the company by referencing its values, mission, or recent achievements. Explain why you're excited about the opportunity to work for this specific organization.
  • Address employment gaps (if applicable):   If you have employment gaps, briefly address them in a positive light, focusing on any skills or experiences gained during those periods.
  • Proofread   thoroughly:   Eliminate typos and grammatical errors by proofreading your cover letter multiple times. Consider using tools like Grammarly to catch any overlooked mistakes and ensure your English (or any language you use) is correct.
  • Include a   call to action :   Conclude your cover letter with a call to action, expressing your enthusiasm for the opportunity and indicating your readiness for an interview.
  • Follow submission instructions:   If there are specific instructions for submitting the cover letter, such as naming conventions or document formats, ensure that you adhere to them.
  • Save as a PDF:   Save your cover letter as a PDF before submitting it. This ensures that the formatting remains consistent across different devices and software.

While understanding the correct steps to write a cover letter is crucial to your professional success, knowing what mistakes to avoid is equally important. The best cover letter can easily be made useless by a tiny blunder. Avoid making the mistakes listed below; you will be halfway to your new job.

  • Don't use a generic greeting:   Avoid generic salutations like "To whom it may concern," “Dear sir or madam, “ or “Dear hiring manager.“ Whenever possible, address the cover letter to a specific person.
  • Don't repeat your resume:   An effective cover letter should complement your resume, not duplicate it. Focus on specific experiences and achievements that showcase your qualifications for the role.
  • Don't exaggerate or lie:   Be truthful in your cover letter. Exaggerating your qualifications or providing false information can harm your chances and damage your professional reputation.
  • Don't use unprofessional email addresses:   Ensure that the email address you use in your contact information is professional. Avoid using nicknames or unprofessional terms.
  • Don't include irrelevant information:   Keep your cover letter focused on the job. Avoid including unrelated personal details or experiences that do not contribute to your suitability for the role.
  • Don't use jargon unnecessarily:   While demonstrating your knowledge is essential, avoid unnecessary jargon that may confuse the reader. Use clear and straightforward language.
  • Don't sound overly eager:   Expressing enthusiasm is positive but can easily feel unauthentic if overdone.

Remember, the goal of a practical cover letter is to present your qualifications in a clear, organized, and compelling manner while adhering to professional standards.

How to structure your Research Scientist   cover letter

Express your genuine interest in the Research Scientist position at [Research Institution or Company Name] in the opening paragraph. Communicate your passion for scientific discovery, data analysis, and your eagerness to contribute to a team dedicated to advancing knowledge and making significant contributions to your field. If applicable, mention any referrals that have influenced your decision to apply for this specific role.

About your current role

Highlight your achievements and effective research strategies that have positively impacted the success of your current team. Emphasize your role in designing and conducting experiments, analyzing complex datasets, and contributing to high-impact research projects. Demonstrate your proficiency in research methodologies, advanced data analysis techniques, and your ability to lead and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams.

Use this section to outline your current responsibilities and ongoing projects, emphasizing how they align with the requirements and objectives of the Research Scientist role.

About your experience

Detail your extensive hands-on experience in research scientist roles, showcasing your ability to conceptualize and lead research projects, publish in reputable journals, and contribute to the advancement of your field. Clearly communicate that your research skills and readiness for the role are well-established. This section is also an opportunity to highlight any relevant publications, presentations, or additional skills you've acquired throughout your research career.

Notable achievements

Highlight notable accomplishments that showcase your effectiveness as a Research Scientist. Whether you played a key role in a groundbreaking research project, developed novel research methodologies, or contributed to significant advancements in your field, use this section to concisely mention your achievements, how they were measured, and their impact on the overall success of the research projects you've been involved in.

Why you want to work there

Express your interest in the institution or company by highlighting specific aspects of its research focus, mission, and values related to your field of expertise that resonate with you. Convey how these align seamlessly with your professional goals and how you envision contributing to the organization's success through your expertise as a research scientist. Be concise but articulate about your motivations.

Specific projects or initiatives that motivated you to apply

Demonstrate your understanding of the organization by referencing specific research-related projects or initiatives that have captured your interest. Draw connections between these initiatives and your skills and experiences, emphasizing how your contributions align with the institution or company's goals for advancing scientific knowledge. This shows your genuine interest and proactive approach to aligning with the organization's mission.

In the closing paragraph, reiterate your enthusiasm to contribute to the organization's success as a Research Scientist. Express your eagerness to discuss how your skills align with the organization's research objectives and invite the reader to reach out with any questions they may have. Sign off with a professional salutation.

Research Scientist   cover letter template

Dear [Hiring Manager’s name],

I am writing to express my interest in the Research Scientist position at [Institution or Company Name], as advertised. With a strong background in [Your Field of Expertise] and a proven track record of conducting impactful research, I am eager to contribute my skills and expertise to your esteemed research team.

About my current role

In my current position as a Research Scientist at [Current Institution or Company], I have:

  • Led and conducted independent and collaborative research projects in [Your Field of Expertise].
  • Published research findings in reputable journals and presented at national and international conferences.
  • Mentored and collaborated with junior researchers, fostering a collaborative and innovative research environment.

About my Research Scientist experience

My experience extends to:

  • Designing and executing experiments, ensuring the integrity and validity of research methodologies.
  • Utilizing advanced research techniques and methodologies, such as [specific techniques or tools relevant to your field].
  • Securing research funding through successful grant applications and contributing to proposal writing.

Some of my notable achievements include:

  • Leading a research project that resulted in [specific research outcome, e.g., a new discovery, a novel methodology, etc.].
  • Establishing collaborations with [specific institutions or researchers], enhancing the reach and impact of research projects.
  • Contributing to the development of [specific technology or product] based on research findings.

Why I want to work for [Institution or Company]

I am particularly drawn to [Institution or Company Name] due to its [mention aspects unique to the institution or company such as commitment to cutting-edge research, renowned researchers on the team, access to state-of-the-art facilities, growth,...]. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to [Institution or Company Name]'s reputation for excellence in [Your Field of Expertise] and to collaborate with other leading researchers in the field.

Specific research projects or initiatives of [Institution or Company] that motivated me to apply

In researching [Institution or Company Name], I was impressed by your recent projects in [specific research focus or area]. I believe my expertise in [Your Field of Expertise] aligns seamlessly with your organizational objectives. My commitment to rigorous and impactful research and my dedication to advancing knowledge in the field would make me a valuable addition to your research team.

Thank you for considering my application. I am eager to further discuss how my skills and experiences align with the Research Scientist role at [Institution or Company Name]. I look forward to contributing to your team's success.

[Your Full Name]

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A cover letter can be a valuable tool to provide additional context to your application beyond what you can provide in your resume. For example, you might include why you are interested in working in the industry, organization, or that particular role. A well-written cover letter can help to demonstrate your fit for the role.


  • Briefly introduce yourself (“I am a graduate student at Purdue University’s Daniels School of Business interested in…”).
  • Do not include your name; it is obvious who you are because you will sign the letter.
  • State the position for which you are applying, including position number if available and exact title.
  • Indicate where you learned of the opportunity or what prompted you to write.
  • If you are trying to set up an informational meeting to learn about the organization or trends in the field, state that you would appreciate an opportunity to talk with an organization representative about these issues.
  • Transition to the second paragraph with a closing sentence that may reference what qualifies you for the position, what intrigues you about the company and/or how you fit with company goals.


  • Make a concise and focused case for how your experience, interests and skills fit the employer’s needs.
  • Thoroughly research the company or organization and position description.
  • Identify key words within the position description — skills and requirements — that will help you match the position and organization to your background and experiences.
  • Avoid merely reciting your resume but provide enough interest for the reader to want to examine your resume for detailed information on your experiences.
  • Emphasize contributions you can make to the position and why it is in the employer’s interest to hire you.
  • Do not emphasize what you will get from the position or organization.


  • Thank the individual for considering you as an applicant.
  • Provide contact information (typically both email and cell phone) even if shown in the header or at the bottom.
  • Demonstrate initiative by stating that you will contact the individual within a specific time period (“I will contact you the week of…to discuss the potential opportunity to interview, answer any questions he/she might have, or discuss the position in greater depth”).
  • Include closing sentence to express enthusiasm for company/position and that you look forward to speaking with this individual.


  • Shows no knowledge of company
  • Addressed to the wrong person or company
  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation errors
  • Passive voice and/or awkward language
  • Overly aggressive, boastful, presumptuous
  • Self-centered rather than employer-centered
  • Looks unprofessional and/or informal
  • Merely repeats content from resume
  • Too short — no value added
  • Too long — won’t get read

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Your resume provides a snapshot of your professional experience which allows employers to quickly assess your qualifications. Your cover letter conveys your interest in an organization, showcases your strength as a writer, and makes the argument that you are a fit for the position.

These documents should authentically represent who you are and what you have to offer. To this end, generative AI can be a useful tool in the editing process. For example, it can help you brainstorm revisions to bullet points, incorporate keywords gleaned from a job description, or otherwise improve what you already have. Generative AI should not be the primary author—not least because its output will likely be very generic.

See below for some advice on using generative AI for resumes and cover letters. For more on this topic, see the MCS resume guide relevant for your population, and schedule an appointment with an MCS advisor. 


  • Start with your draft. Begin with your existing resume or as many details as you can pull together from your past experiences, including the impact you had in the role, relevant numbers, etc. Enter this information in the prompt section by section or bullet by bullet for precise insights or adjustments.  
  • Know your audience. Tailor your resume to the specific role you’re applying for. Consider what that employer is looking for specifically, in case it differs from more general industry resume guidance.  
  • Use generated text as a potential edit, not as a final product. Adjust the language in AI-generated text to fit your needs, and ensure it is an accurate and authentic depiction of your experience and accomplishments.  Carefully consider all suggestions instead of implementing them without thought.
  • Know your documents. Be able to speak to every line of your resume if asked in an interview. Read it aloud to catch repetitions or inaccuracies.  
  • Optimize your resume for applicant tracking systems. It is no secret that many employers, especially those which receive a high number of applications, use applicant tracking systems to scan resumes and cover letters for certain keywords or phrases. Resume optimization tools may help you understand the persona you are conveying to employers through your resume. Some strategies we recommend are using basic formatting, explicitly listing your skills, and including keywords from the job description. 
  • Privacy caution: Don’t share personal or proprietary data when using generative AI.   

Cover Letters:  

  • Know what the employer is looking for. Insert the full job description in the generative AI tool and prompt it for a list of top skills and expertise needed for the position. 
  • Include specific examples. Input your resume content into the tool to ask for examples from your background that might demonstrate those skills. Keep in mind that you may have examples that are not included in your resume, so take a moment first to come up with your own ideas. Then, add to the content generated so that it conveys your story.
  • Get feedback. Ask for ideas on how to improve a cover letter once you’ve written it, inserting the cover letter you’ve drafted and the job description and prompting the tool to answer, “Does this letter convey my ability to add value to the company?” Ask for grammar suggestions, in the same way you would with Grammarly or other tools.
  • Make it your own. Read the letter aloud. Does it make a strong case (with specific and accurate examples from your background) that you are a fit for the position? Is it in your voice and authentic to you? Is it well-written? 
  • Follow organization guidelines. Read all application instructions, as some organizations may have rules about whether AI can be used in preparing application materials. 

Example prompts:   

  • Taking the role of a recruiter for [insert company/industry name], provide feedback on this resume [insert content] for this job description [insert job description text].
  • Based on this job description [insert job description], generate 5 suggestions for improving this bullet point [insert bullet point]. 
  • When crafting a resume for the position of [insert role/job description], what are five things a career counselor would suggest I include?
  • How can I incorporate these skillsets and experience [insert keywords] into this resume experience description [insert bullets] for this position [insert job description]? 
  • I am applying for the position of [insert title/company name] and I want to highlight my skills and experience in [insert field of expertise]. Provide some ideas of ways I could improve my resume. 
  • What are some great active verbs for [insert job title] resumes?  


How to Create a Compelling Cover Letter in Microsoft Word

Posted: November 10, 2023 | Last updated: November 10, 2023

Every time you apply for a job, it's a good idea to include a cover letter. Deciding how to write each one is hard, but at least you don’t have to start from scratch with their design.

Microsoft Word offers templates and welcomes third-party designs to help you create compelling cover letters. Here’s how to use such options in Word and make the best first impression possible to potential employers.

Use Microsoft Word’s Cover Letter Templates

Formal letters don’t have to be bland. Go to File > More templates on Word, and type “cover letter” in the search box. You’ll find several stylish designs that add structure and color to your document.

What reflects you better, a subtle or sharp color scheme? If you’re considering a bold header for your professional details, learn how to design letterheads on Word , too. You can even add your portrait to your cover letter.

Microsoft Word’s built-in templates also include fields for you to fill in with your information and that of your potential employer. They guide you in these small ways, some even providing a sample for your letter’s main body. It’s a good idea to rephrase that, though, to fit each job application.

If you don’t like any of the options on Word’s desktop app, explore more Microsoft cover letter templates online and download your favorites from there.

Use Third-Party Templates in Microsoft Word

You can create cover letters for your dream job on platforms besides Microsoft. If you’d rather stick with it, you’ll even come across third-party templates specifically designed for you to download and customize on Word. Here are some examples.

1. ResumeLab

Explore over 50 cover letter templates, ranging from minimalist to eye-catching designs. Keep in mind that a few of them are meant to be created on ResumeLab. The rest you can bring onto Word by clicking their Download it free here link.

You’ll be redirected to websites like Good Resume and Resume Genius , which help you quickly download your documents. Then, all you have to do is open them in Microsoft Word.

You’ll also notice that some cover letters on ResumeLab are edited versions of Word’s built-in templates, but this just adds to your selection and gives you more ideas.

2. Template.net

This is a popular site for templates of all kinds, including cover letters. For some designs, you pay a small fee, but Template.net has an impressive range of free options, too. What’s more, the download process is very easy.

Just browse its collection, click on a design you like, and select the Word button under Download Free Template . In the next window, hit Free Download . If you’re not signed in already, you’ll be asked to as the final step.

Follow Best Practices for Cover Letters

Familiarize yourself with the dos and don’ts of writing a cover letter . Remember these guidelines when selecting and customizing a template or crafting a cover letter from scratch. They boil down to the following rules.

1. Research Potential Employers

Do your research before writing or designing your cover letter. Get to know each company and even the recruiter you’re addressing. It’s the same strategy as tailoring your resume for different job types .

2. Tailor Your Cover Letter

When showcasing your skills and interest in a position, use your research to tailor your letter so that it grabs the recruiter’s attention and impresses them. Be smart, enthusiastic, and concise with your words.

3. Use Your Blank Space Wisely

Aim to limit your cover letter to one page. Any more than that, and you risk losing the recruiter’s interest. Think about what you need to say, including important and relevant details not covered in your resume. Express these things as succinctly as possible.

4. Your Visuals Should Complement and Not Overwhelm the Letter

Add a bit of color and texture, going for a subtle effect. You could even use some small icons, as long as they’re tasteful and discreet. Whatever you choose, keep these visuals on the letter’s edges, and don’t let them dominate the text.

5. Master Word’s Features That Benefit Cover Letters

For example, you can create your cover letter more efficiently by setting the text’s boundaries from the get-go. To do this, go to Layout > Margins . From the same toolbar, you can adjust paragraph spacing and indentation.

Through Insert > Pictures , you can import an image of your signature and place it at the end of the letter. Your header and footer can be customized from here, too.

Even the Mailing toolbar might be of interest. It can help streamline the process of writing and sending letters, as well as keeping track of recipients.

Good Planning and Wording Make the Best Cover Letters

Between Microsoft and other providers, you have access to a wide selection of templates for simple but attractive cover letters that you can personalize on Word. The app itself is full of useful writing and editing tools.

With this leg up, designing a cover letter for every occasion is easier. Sound research and planning in terms of how to approach each application can help polish the letter even more.

How to Create a Compelling Cover Letter in Microsoft Word

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This letter has probably found you conflicted over whether or not you want to take this course. Writing for the Sciences is more than just an English class. Not only will it teach you the genre conventions, structures, and purposes of multiple genres of scientific writing, but it will teach you how to empathize and connect with a large variety of people through your writing as well. The course consists of a lot of writing and research, and there are no labs or original reports despite the name of the course. It is more about the presentation of science in media than writing for a science class. The course is pretty open-ended, so you’ll find yourself improving your creativity and self-reliance skills. In this final project, you’ll find numerous details about the course itself and the content contained. The rest of this letter will now answer some common questions I have received about this course:

In what ways have my perceptions on what writing is and does evolved this semester? Before this class, I only associated scientific writing with lab reports. Seriously, I thought the whole course woud just be writing lab reports! But, the actual use of it covered in the course is far more important. We learned how, not only can writing be used to bring important lessons to communities of people, but it can heal those communities and bring them closer together. The harm of Issues that specifically harm marginilized communities, such as environmental racism, pandemics, and more, can be greatly reduced through the means of writing. I now know scientific writing can be a powerful tool to communicate, heal, and guide people through sensitive subjects. How do the audience and purpose impact the content of text? The audience and purpose largely influences the emotional and argumentative content of a text. The needs of a lower-income community are far different then the needs of a high-income community, so the content of the text adjusts to be more sensitive to their needs. For example, if I was reporting on the smog output of factory farming for people in the Bronx, my content would contain research from that community and my ethos would appeal to them before anybody else. Was there a challenge in writing across genres and addressing specific audiences? Absolutely, but it’s worth it. I felt challenged knowing how to connect to certain audiences that I have never met, talked to, or been near. However, learning how to put myself in others shoes is a great skill both in and outside of writing, as empathy is one of the most important things to have as a human. Discuss how, as a class, we explored and analyzed, through reading and writing, a variety of genres and rhetorical situations. How did we do this?  An example of a conversation between two students on a project discussion board.

As shown in the above image, we were able to not only manage our own projects but check up on the progress of others as well. By having to leave comments on other people’s posts (in this specific case, why the student picked a certain topic of discussion), we also have to look into other students’ writing as they appeal to their topic. The best way to learn is to apply your knowledge to other things, and being able to make sure everyone is on the same page regarding rhetorical elements and purpose makes the need for rhetorical situations and specific genres clear and more universal for every student.

Review your letter of introduction from the first week of class and see if your responses from questions 7 & 9 have changed since taking the course. Explain. 

My answer has not changed- I still believe a powerful, passionate, and effective speaker is nothing without empathy. This course has reinforced how important understanding other peoples’ situations is because if a speaker were to not accurately put themselves in their audience’s shoes, it would become obvious immediately and their point would be lost.

In conclusion, I hope these questions and clarifications removed some confusion from how you view this class. If you intend to take it, I hope you embrace the compassion it allows you to properly grasp, and I hope you use your ability to connect to people for good. The world needs it!


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