What does a Research Professor do?

Research professors are faculty members whose primary effort is in research rather than instruction. Research faculty appointments are not tenure track appointments, and research professors may be called on to teach or provide services for specific and appropriate assignments. They perform their essential duties and responsibilities as assigned by an academic department head or director and facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Research professors receive administrative supervision from department heads or directors and might supervise professional research staff, graduate assistants, undergraduates, or students. They work in a collaborative environment and cover relevant topics that pertain to their assigned research project, sometimes delegating specific portions of the research to others or spearheading set portions. They share findings and updates with all team members and department staff and adjust according to internal guidance. Research professors must need a graduate degree in a discipline that corresponds with their work.

What responsibilities are common for Research Professor jobs?
  • Contribute to supervision of Graduate student research.
  • Conduct research, perform experiments, analyze data, and present the research outcome at local and national conferences.
  • Provide guest lectures in undergraduates and graduate courses and contribute to extension educational programs as time permits.
  • Accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, follow safety regulations, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.
  • Provide research leadership on designing field trials and surveys.
  • Prepare and submit proposals/scope of work for project extensions.
  • Candidates will be actively engaged in grant writing and manuscript submission.
What are the typical qualifications for Research Professor jobs?
  • Graduate's Degree in related subject or field.
  • Experience with applicable software and systems.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
  • A mentor and guide with strict attention to detail.
  • Collaboration and leadership skills.
  • A natural problem solver.
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Alliance UniversityAlliance University
Research Assistant Professor
25 Jul 2022

“I am enjoying the work life here and it is peaceful”

The Cancer Institute of New JerseyThe Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Research Teaching Specialist II
16 Jan 2021

“Not a good work and life balance”

University of Illinois at ChicagoUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Research Assistant Professor
8 Oct 2021

“Nice campus close to downtown.”

Don BoscoDon Bosco
Assistant Research Professor
24 Apr 2022

“Good nice cordial satisfactory peaceful”

University of Illinois at ChicagoUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Research Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences
6 Sept 2021

“Bureaucracy; pay is not competitive”

Chung-Ang University
Assistant Research Professor
25 Aug 2022

“The salary I'm some cases is not that good”

Boise State UniversityBoise State University
Research Assistant Professor
26 May 2021

“A Good work life balance”

University of CincinnatiUniversity of Cincinnati
Research Assistant Professor
8 May 2020

“No career path for research track”

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