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I am applying for a research associate job while finishing-up my dissertation.
The application is asking for the following...

please send your CV, a brief statement of research interests, career goals...

Is the statement of research interests the same as my research statement when I was applying for faculty positions? In this document should I be focusing on what I've done for my dissertation and the problem I worked on or talk about other problems I'm interested in?

My big problem is that at this point in my career, there are other research topics that I am interested in exploring, but haven't really had a chance to dig into them. I'm still trying to make it through my dissertation. Some of these are related to my current research, but others are further away from my current area of expertise.

Is it worth taking the time to pick and research about one or two things to talk about in a paragraph or two? Or is the statement of research interests really more like my research statement.

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    Possible duplicate or at least relevant : academia.stackexchange.com/q/46719/72855 – Solar Mike May 12 at 17:27
  • Its relevant, but more specific than what I need. I want to know how the content of a research statement differs from a statement of research interests. – TheBean May 12 at 20:16
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    I think the key word is brief. They are probably looking for about a half a page or less on your research interests, rather than an overview of all of your research accomplishments and future plans. (I don't know what your "research statement" looked like, so I can't say if this is the same thing. But my research statement was from 2-4 pages depending on who I was sending it to.) – Morgan Rodgers May 13 at 1:19
  • Maybe that is where I'm confused Morgan, the position isn't asking for a statement of research, just a statement of research interests. Possibly because it's a research associate job, rather than a faculty job. – TheBean May 13 at 23:29
  • Actually, I think the research statement and statement of research interests are the same thing. gradschool.cornell.edu/academic-progress/pathways-to-success/… – TheBean May 14 at 0:56

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