Former Research Associate and Lab Manager at University of California, San Diego
almost 2 years ago
You can prepare for this position by having a lot of undergraduate research experience. I would say that having research experience (at least two years is ideal) is more important than having stellar grades. Be ready to talk about your research in the following ways: what projects have you worked on, what were the goals of those projects, what techniques did you use for those projects, and what other lab experience do you have. Also, you should make yourself somewhat familiar with the Principal Investigator's research (this is the professor who runs the lab and they will likely be the one interviewing you). Show that you are interested in the topics that they study. If you want to be a lab manager in addition to a research assistant/associate, having some basic work experience outside of the lab can also be helpful.