How To Write Scientific Cover Letter

You may have a brilliant CV, but submitting a poor cover letter with your application can pretty much ruin your chances of getting a great job.

Your cover letter can sometimes be the only opportunity you get to tell the employer exactly why your CV is worth a read and why YOU are the perfect person for that job.

Here are a few handy hints to ensure your cover letter stands out from the rest:

Research the company industry:

By doing your research you are actively demonstrating to the employer that you are serious about this and a career in the scientific field of your choice. During your research, it is a good idea to focus on the following:

  • What is the organisation’s mission and values? Do you believe in it?
  • What are the organisation’s target market?
  • What is the history of the employer?
  • What has been happening with them recently? Read their news pages to find out.

Analyse the job description:

Keep an eye out for the key competencies and experience necessary for the role – do you fit the criteria?

Personalise your cover letter:

It is vital that throughout the letter you align your accomplishments and achievements with the criteria of the job. You need to assure the reader that you are a great match!

Keep it brief and to the point:

Make sure your letter is no more than one A4 page long and use bullet points to make important points stand out.

Check, check and check again:

Your CV won’t even get a glance if you send over a cover letter that is littered with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Make sure use spell check AND get a trusted friend, or a CK consultant to check it over for you. 

Not sure how to structure your cover letter? Here’s how…

  • Include your address in the top right-hand corner.
  • Address the reader: ‘Dear Mr/Mrs/Miss…’ Always address the letter to the decision maker in charge of the scientific role.  If you are unsure who it is, the HR department will always help you.
  • Paragraph 1: Clearly state your intention to apply for the job, including any references numbers you have been given. If you are not applying for any specific job, and simply inquiring, ask if the company has any openings and present and then state why you would like to work for that company.
  • Paragraph 2: Outline your qualifications and experience and then match them to the requirements of the job you are applying for (these will be found in the job description). Go on to demonstrate your motivation and enthusiasm to help the company achieve their goals within the industry. (This is where the research you conducted about the company will come in handy.)
  • Paragraph 3: It is a good idea to end with a positive statement. Then direct the reader to your enclosed CV and inform them of your availability for interview. Finally, thank the reader for their time and consideration and welcome them to get in touch to discuss the job in more detail.
  • Conclude with:
    • ‘Yours sincerely’ – if you have addressed the letter to the named contact
    • ‘Yours faithfully’ – if you have used ‘Dear Sir/Madam’

Then sign your name.

Once your cover letter is complete, its time to apply for your dream scientific job – visit our job hunting advice page for more tips


Research Technician Cover Letter Examples

As a research technician on the job market, you will discover that most employers desire strong analytical, writing, and research skills. Highlight these skills, plus any other relevant skills, in your cover letter. In addition, provide examples of any laboratory experience you’ve gained, research you've been a part of, and technical research tools you have mastered. 

The following sample cover letter is for a research technician.

Also, see below for a letter which asks the employer for consideration for other job vacancies at the institution.

Remember to adjust the details of these sample cover letters to fit your situation and interests.

Sample Cover Letters for a Research Technician Position

Example #1
FirstName LastName
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number
Email Address


First LastName
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

Please accept the enclosed resume for consideration for the Research Technician position posted on Monster. My background and skills in laboratory techniques will prove to be an effective match for your qualifications requirements.

I have a BS in Chemistry, and earned a 3.8 GPA during my studies at [insert name of university]. I have taken several lab courses in Biochemistry, where I worked with chromatography, ELISA, and southern and western blotting techniques.

While working for ABC Environmental Laboratory, I successfully applied my research skills and maintained the laboratory.

I participated in planning experiments and evaluating test results, as well as in monitoring equipment performance and tracking maintenance schedules.

In addition, I was responsible for maintaining biohazard and radiation safety standards, and ensuring our team’s proper handling and disposal of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents.

In addition to the lab work I performed, I also recorded, calculated, and analyzed data and prepared reports, working closely with a team of researchers to learn the value of good lab practices.

I work well as a team member, am very reliable and organized, and am willing to learn.

Thank you for your consideration. I would be grateful for the opportunity to speak with you in person regarding my qualifications for this position; please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information.



FirstName LastName

Example #2

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email


Job Title
City, State Zip

Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,

Please accept my resume for the research technician job you have advertised or, indeed, for any other position that would be suitable for me with your organization. I am confident that my background and skills in research techniques will prove to be an effective match for your qualifications requirements.

I have had a great deal of laboratory experience in chemistry and biology, both indoors and in the field. In the lab, I have performed chemical reactions and I am currently using microscopes to observe many specimens.

In environmental field studies, I have conducted outdoor labs to assess water chemistry.

While working for Eperian Research Laboratory, I successfully applied my research skills and worked closely with the samples being studied. I supported the research in completing assigned experiments, and recorded and analyzed massive amounts of data. This experience gave me the opportunity to work closely with a team of researchers and helped me to understand the importance of good lab practices.

My research experiences have been positive ones due in part to my interpersonal skills. I work well in teams, am reliable and organized, and enthusiastic to learn. I am sure that I will carry over the same enthusiasm and skill in doing research at your institution.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.



FirstName LastName

Sending an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation. 

More Sample Cover Letters
Cover letter samples and templates for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including entry-level, targeted and email cover letters for many different jobs.

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