As a research technician on the job hunt, you will discover that most employers desire strong analytical, writing, and research skills. To land an interview, you'll want to highlight these skills, plus any other relevant skills, in your cover letter.
A successful letter will also provide examples of any laboratory experience you've gained, research you've been a part of, and technical research tools you have mastered.
The following sample cover letter is for a research technician. Also, see below for a letter that asks the employer for consideration for other job vacancies at the institution. Remember to adjust the details of these sample cover letters to fit your situation, skills, and interests, as well as the specific position that you're interested in.
Sample Cover Letters for a Research Technician Position
This is a cover letter example for a research technician position. Download the research technician cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word) or see below for more examples.
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
September 1, 2019
Director, Human Resources
Acme Office Supplies
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Mr. Lee,
Please accept the enclosed resume for consideration for the Research Technician position you posted on Monster. My background and skills in laboratory techniques will prove to be an effective match for your qualifications requirements.
I have a BS in Chemistry, and earned a 3.8 GPA during my studies at [insert name of university]. I have taken several lab courses in Biochemistry, where I worked with chromatography, ELISA, and southern and western blotting techniques.
While working for ABC Environmental Laboratory, I successfully applied my research skills and maintained the laboratory. I participated in planning experiments and evaluating test results, as well as in monitoring equipment performance and tracking maintenance schedules.
In addition, I was responsible for maintaining biohazard and radiation safety standards, and ensuring our team’s proper handling and disposal of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents.
In addition to the lab work I performed, I also recorded, calculated, and analyzed data and prepared reports, working closely with a team of researchers to learn the value of good lab practices.
I work well as a team member, am very reliable and organized, and am willing to learn.
Thank you for your consideration. I would be grateful for the opportunity to speak with you in person regarding my qualifications for this position; please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information.
Signature (hard copy letter)
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Street City, State
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
Please accept my resume for the research technician job you have advertised or, indeed, for any other position that would be suitable for me with your organization. I am confident that my background and skills in research techniques will prove to be an effective match for your qualifications requirements. I have had a great deal of laboratory experience in chemistry and biology, both indoors and in the field. In the lab, I have performed chemical reactions and I am currently using microscopes to observe many specimens. In environmental field studies, I have conducted outdoor labs to assess water chemistry.
While working for Eperian Research Laboratory, I successfully applied my research skills and worked closely with the samples being studied. I supported the research in completing assigned experiments, and recorded and analyzed massive amounts of data. This experience gave me the opportunity to work closely with a team of researchers and helped me to understand the importance of good lab practices.
My research experiences have been positive ones due in part to my interpersonal skills. I work well in teams, am reliable and organized, and am enthusiastic to learn. I am sure that I will carry over the same enthusiasm and skill in doing research at your institution.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Signature (hard copy letter)
Tips for Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending a cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't include the employer contact information. Start your email message with a salutation.