Postdoctoral research associates generally assist tenured professors and/or senior researchers and work in a university environment or laboratory, though they also work independently. They often assist principal investigators in performing experimental investigations; on behalf of principal investigators, they may provide guidance to laboratory technicians and/or support staff. They may need to utilize recording devices or use statistical procedures for research relevant to their assigned field, and are also required to review quality control of various laboratory techniques.
Postdoctoral research associates must know how to use various automated tools and computerized technology to conduct research. They must also be able to troubleshoot system/equipment issues and call relevant repairmen if necessary. They must always ensure that their work area and all instruments and supply materials are clean and sterile, and they are also responsible for writing reports on their research projects.
The top respondents for the job title Postdoctoral Research Associate are from the companies Imperial College, London, The University of Oxford and University College London. Reported salaries are highest at The University of Leeds where the average pay is £38,413. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Imperial College, London and University College London, earning around £37,441 and £34,461, respectively. The University of Cambridge pays the lowest at around £30,931. University of Glasgow and Cardiff University also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying £31,433 and £31,975, respectively.