Research Associate are scholars that usually have an advanced degree beyond a Bachelor's degree. Research Associate is an employee of the University and may be eligible to receive University benefits. Note that the Research Associate position does not explicitly require mentoring and is a regular staff position with appointment letters processed by Human Resources. In contrast to a research assistant, a research associate often has a graduate degree, such as a master's (e.g. Master of Science) or doctoral degree (e.g. Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Medicine). In some cases it can be synonymous with postdoctoral research.