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How to include research experience on resume

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A well-researched resume is vital to finding a job in the scientific field. Study this sample resume for an entry-level research scientist for ideas.

Sample Resume for an Entry-Level Research Scientist

Sample Resume for an Entry-Level Research Scientist

A well-researched resume is vital to your job search, says resume expert Kim Isaacs. Study this sample resume she created below for an entry-level research scientist to see how you can emphasize your educational credentials and relevant experience. You can also download the entry-level research scientist resume template in Word. And if you need more help, get a free resume evaluation today from the experts at Monster's partner TopResume.

Additionally, you can learn more about science careers on Monster.

Entry-Level Research Scientist resume template

  • Analytical research scientist with more than two years of experience contributing to tissue-engineered research studies for products that improve lives through regenerative medicine.
  • Background includes participation in groundbreaking research in the areas of tissue engineering, cell biology and protein biochemistry.
  • Experience running bioassays and laboratory bench studies, writing scientific reports and maintaining research lab operations and equipment.

DEF University, Sometown, MA
Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology(3.85 GPA)

  • Honors: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Honor Society, DEF University Outstanding Senior

ABC Company, Sometown, MA
Research Scientist, Regenerative Medicine, 5/2016 to Present
Research Intern,1/2016 to 5/2016

Recruited for full-time position following internship and completion of bachelor’s degree. Develop and execute analytical test methods and controls for the manufacture of cell-based biological products.

Research Highlights:
  • Performed wet-lab and molecular biology scientific research, using methods including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and polymerase chain reaction(PCR).
  • Served on research team that succeeded in new cell line sourcing and characterization assay development for a bioengineered skin substitute accelerating burn victims’ healing process by 35%.
  • Led laboratory bench studies and bioassays for product advancements helping damaged tissue heal through cytokine and growth-factor repositioning. Efforts contributed to leading-edge prototypes, including a biologic mesh for hernia repair that is expected to revolutionize the way abdominal wall reconstructive surgery is performed.
  • Maintained impeccable standards in managing class 10000 cleanroom and chemical inventories, safely disposing of waste and accurately calibrating laboratory equipment.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

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The resume opens with a bullet point list of statements that summarize the job seekers experience. The writer notes they are seeking entrance to Graduate School in Biomedical Science.

Several qualifications are noted such as patient care, research, rehabilitation, therapy and organic chemistry. The job seeker lists their Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science below.

The experience section is listed in reverse chronological order and includes positions as Research Assistant, Volunteer and Facilitator in health, nursing and therapy fields. The candidate outlines duties and responsibilities at each position.

The resume concludes with complementary information about activities and that show leadership and teamwork.

Employment Only, Please

Label the section “Work History,” “Work Experience,” “Employment Experience,” “Employment History” or any other title that concisely reveals what the section entails. It should only include experience for which you were paid. This includes full-time work, part-time jobs, self employment, internships, and projects for which you were a part of temporarily. It doesn’t include volunteer jobs, or any other type of unpaid, charitable work.

If you do feel there are unpaid experiences that the hiring manager should know about, the information should go in its own section. Label it “Relevant Experience” or “Other Experience.” Write it the same way you will the work history.

What Should Be Included in Your Work History

Here are a few things you CAN’T leave out from your work history section: 

  • Names of organizations where you were employed.
  • City and state of each organization.
  • Positions and/or titles you held. (In case of promotion, list only the last position held.)
  • Employment periods for each job, written as Month/Date – Month/Date.

Your resume shouldn’t exceed one page simply because you insist on compounding information. Remember, once you’re sitting across from the hiring manager you can fascinate them with how you went from administrative assistance to vice president.

It’s in the Details!

One very important part of the work experience section is finding the best way to list your contributions to the company. Be accurate and concise. Highlight the relevant information that relates to the position you’re applying for. Start with the most important points and work down. Keep it under 12 bullets, depending on how long you held the position. Avoid wordiness and hyperbole. In general, use brevity.

Not this:
I worked on a daily basis with the company’s most important clients helping them solve problems and making them happy.

This is better:

Worked with clients to solve problems.

Always use a proactive voice and action words.


While there’s no concrete rule for formatting, you want to find a design that’s appealing to the eye.


  1. Hubolipoc

    I wonder if there"s not an univestigated commonality here that may include personal experience but also something fundamental to the games.

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  3. Fijamuter

    – did you know you can include volunteer experience on your resume?

  4. Lenemuponem

    Oh I like the idea of making experience maps tied to personas that include sentiment, bottlenecks and questions

  5. Zonuqeqo

    A wonderful talk by Lakshmi-Pearl Quigley - aspect is include the "myth" of women and race in historical experience and identity politics

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