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Research assistant cover letter

View this sample cover letter for a research assistant, or download the research assistant cover letter template in Word.

As a research assistant, you pull information from a variety of sources to craft compelling evidence—your cover letter acts in much the same way. To be considered for top research assistant jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for your work. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for a research assistant, or download the research assistant cover letter template in Word. 

Additionally, you can look for research assistant jobs on Monster.

Research assistant cover letter template


Matthew Billings
Sometown, WA 55555 | (555) 555-5555 |

October 4, 2017

Dr. Rhonda Franklin
Clinical Director
ABC Company
5700 Peninsula Ave.
Sometown, WA 55555

Dear Dr. Franklin:

I am writing to apply for the research assistant position advertised on Monster. I was intrigued when I read your report in International Journal of Oncology Science on the innovative use of nanoparticle-based therapeutics for cancer treatment, and would like to contribute to ongoing research in this specialty.

My background includes three years of professional research experience, including my current role as a graduate research assistant at DEF University’s Cancer Research Center and prior experience as a cellular biology research intern for XYZ Corp¾a world leader in cancer research and treatment.

At DEF University and XYZ Corp, I gained exposure to research in gene cloning and electrophoresis. I mastered various blotting techniques; performed complex, cell-based assays; and become skilled in the use of flow cytometry (FACS) technology to complete advanced cell sorting, cell counting and biomarker detection. In each role, I earned commendations for the quality of my research, including data collection, quantitative analysis and results interpretation.

My academic credentials include a BS in cellular and molecular biology and an in-progress MS degree in the same, which I expect to complete this summer. Technical skills include Python, R, MATLAB and Tableau.

Having lost family members to cancer, I share ABC Company’s mission to find a cure. I want to continue contributing to research efforts furthering this important cause, and would welcome the chance to join your team.

To schedule a meeting, please call me at (555) 555-5555 or email Thank you for your time.


Matthew Billings
Enclosure: Résumé


See all sample cover letters on Monster. 

You might think that if you have a good resume, you don’t need a cover letter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your cover letter supplements your resume. It focuses attention on your achievements and gets a prospective employer interested in you.

Cover letters are especially important to new graduates. Through the cover letter, you can persuade an employer to look past a possibly thin work history to see the value of your education and non-professional experience.

Always supply a cover letter with your resume – even if one isn’t specifically requested. If you’re applying via email, use the body of the message to convey the same ideas you would in a cover letter.

The Cover Letter Made Simple

A good cover letter contains the following elements:

  • Introductory paragraph: Keep this section short! Identify yourself and your objective (to get a job or internship, etc.). You may also include how you came to hear about this opportunity.
  • Brief summary of your qualifications: Don’t reiterate your resume. Make a stronger impression by limiting your focus to one or two experiences. The more specific you can be, the better; try to include hard data as well as description (i.e. number of employees you supervised, increase in productivity, etc.).
  • Conclusion: In the final paragraph, restate your interest in the company and provide information about the best time/means to contact you.


Below are two sample cover letters that use the tips mentioned:
Sample #1: Job
Sample #2: Internship

Sample #1: Job


Ms. Kelly Williams
Vandelay Industries
1877 W. Montana Avenue
Boston, MA 02129

Dear Ms. Williams,

I would like to apply for the position of Junior Analyst, as posted in the career bulletin at Boston University. I will graduate this spring from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in French. My goal is to pursue a career in management consulting for the telecommunications industry, with an emphasis on international development.

I spent the past year interning for Sagitay Incorporated, a Boston-based consulting firm that specializes in telecommunications. My internship has focused on mergers and acquisitions; my main project has been devising viable reorganization strategies for the telecommunications arm of U.K.-based Synergy Incorporated.

Prior to my internship with Sagitay, I worked in the international services division at A.T. Kearney, where I was involved in the expansion of telecommunications giant Proteus into the European market. That internship developed my interest in telecommunications, as well as utilized my French language skills.

I read in the January 2005 issue of Fortune magazine that Vandelay is looking to broaden their base of international and telecommunications clients. I feel that my professional experience and educational background could contribute to your firm’s goals of expansion and growth.

I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the position available. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see some work samples. You can reach me by phone at (444)536- 1212 or by email at

Thank you for your consideration.


Paul Erickson

Sample #2: Internship


Mr. Stephan Scheck
6553 Carlisle Drive, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Dear Mr. Scheck,

I would like to apply for a summer internship position with Innovation. I learned of your company through the placement center at the University of Missouri.

I am currently majoring in architecture at the University of Missouri and will receive my degree this spring. While I have a comprehensive architectural background, my emphasis is on rehabilitation and renovation.

I previously held an internship at Smithers & Associates, a St. Louis-based architecture firm. While there, I used CAD technology to help design floor plans for a multi-level retail space. I also used the drafting techniques I learned on the Digital Terrain Modeler (DTM) to assist on the redesign of a movie theater in downtown St. Louis. This could be of interest to you, as I recently read on your website that Innovation will be renovating three entertainment venues in the coming year.

I would like the opportunity to meet with you to discuss any internship openings you might have. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see some work samples. You can reach me by phone at (444) 536-1212 or by email at

Thank you for your consideration.


Chandra Watkins

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