[Principal Investigator’s Name]
[123 University/Lab Address]
[University/Lab City, State XXXXX]
Dear [Dr./Prof.] [Principal Investigator’s Name],
My name is [Your Name], and I’m writing to you regarding the Research Assistant position in the Department of [Department Name] at [University/Laboratory Name]. As a [graduate/postgraduate] in [Your Qualification] from [Your University], I have the necessary academic background to be a competent contributor to your research team. Moreover, assisting with your research in [field of research] directly complements my career as I plan to pursue a [Master’s/doctoral degree] in this field in the future.
My experience researching and writing my [undergraduate thesis/graduate paper(s)] — [title of your thesis/paper(s)] — has helped me develop and fine-tune the skills necessary for a full-time research position. Specifically, my experience with reviewing literature and writing various academic reports, as evident from the publications listed in my resume, has equipped me with the reading and writing skills you’re looking for in your ideal candidate.
On the technical side, I have extensive experience working with statistical analysis tools, namely [Software Package 1] and [Software Package 2]. Together with the theoretical knowledge I’ve gained over the years (e.g., [Relevant Course 1], [Relevant Course 2]) and my love for spreadsheets and analysis, this part of the research assistantship is what attracts and excites me the most.
Through my prior academic projects, such as [Project example], I’ve learnt how to manage my work in a collaborative environment. Furthermore, I understand the intricacies of research work. I can maintain focus on my individual tasks, with full knowledge of how they contribute to the overall research goals, no matter how mundane and repetitive my tasks are. As an added plus, I can speak Spanish, which should come in handy given how frequently your department collaborates with researchers from the [Autonomous University of Barcelona].
I look forward to discussing my candidacy with you in person or over the phone. If any additional information will help move my application forward, please let me know. Thanks for your time and consideration, [Dr/Prof. Investigator].