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Hi everyone,
I wanted someone's input on this. If I work as a research assistant, will it help improve my CV? It is a long term project and I will not have any publications under my name. Is it worth doing it? Thank you.
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Hi everyone,
I wanted someone's input on this. If I work as a research assistant, will it help improve my CV? It is a long term project and I will not have any publications under my name. Is it worth doing it? Thank you.
It is better than nothing but to make it simple - unless you publish something research means nothing. A research assistant position is a vague title it could mean anything like some one who does basic stuff in a lab but doesn't contribute to the research or someone significant. If you are sure you won't even be a co author I think it is a waste of time unless you just want to learn basics in research. Although I don't see how you can tell you won't author anything even before working. To be an author one must have:
Contributed substantially to the conception and design of the study, the acquisition of data, or the analysis and interpretation
Drafted or provided critical revision of the article
Provided final approval of the version to publish.
So if you do some research work and don't have at least a co-author credit it means you haven't done much. The best you can hope out of that is getting a good LOR, networking and learning.
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It is better than nothing but to make it simple - unless you publish something research means nothing. A research assistant position is a vague title it could mean anything like some one who does basic stuff in a lab but doesn't contribute to the research or someone significant. If you are sure you won't even be a co author I think it is a waste of time unless you just want to learn basics in research. Although I don't see how you can tell you won't author anything even before working. To be an author one must have:
Contributed substantially to the conception and design of the study, the acquisition of data, or the analysis and interpretation
Drafted or provided critical revision of the article
Provided final approval of the version to publish.
So if you do some research work and don't have at least a co-author credit it means you haven't done much. The best you can hope out of that is getting a good LOR, networking and learning.
Thanks for your reply. basically, i will be responsible for the data collection part of the project. So I will not be contributing to the design or analysis as such. So, should I keep applying and look for something else? What is the best way to look for these opportunities?
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If you really love working in research you should go ahead with this job. Is it a paid position? If you think that the RA position is temporary and there is a chance for you to get promoted to a better position with more responsibility and you want to work in research, that is goal, you should consider it.
If you don't care much about research and it's not a paid position then try finding an observership or externship.
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If you really love working in research you should go ahead with this job. Is it a paid position? If you think that the RA position is temporary and there is a chance for you to get promoted to a better position with more responsibility and you want to work in research, that is goal, you should consider it.
If you don't care much about research and it's not a paid position then try finding an observership or externship.
It is a paid position and I don't think there's any chance for me to get promoted. I am not interested in research as a career, but rather want to do it to make my CV look better when I apply for residency.

I have 1.5 year USCE, so that's not a problem. Since I will not be assisting in writing the manuscript and working on the research plan, will it not add anything to my CV? I just want to know how to get the ideal research position to boost my CV, as I will be a repeat match applicant. Thanks.
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It's strange that you know that your name will not be published...did your supervisor make that explicit?

If so, I encourage you to look for other positions where you will have the chance to get your name published, even if they pay less or are unpaid. Also, once you work somewhere, you can utilize data they have to write a review article or other work, and can definitely be the first or second author for that!
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A research assistant position is a very responsible position. Like everyone will study your research. So if you are passionate about this position then do it otherwise drop this idea....because for successful future, interest matters a lot...
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