Research Officer is a broad title covering researchers, research managers and project managers.
Research or Project Managers supervise research projects from the early planning stages until the final project completion. They communicate with team members and verify that all projects and tasks are on schedule. Some managers also help gather data, but this varies by industry and project need. Most research managers report project progress to supervisors and other committees.
A research officer's duty would be to support and take instructions from the chief/primary investigator(s) on research projects. The research officer would gather, analyse and interpret data and submit reports of their findings.
While projects are in the planning stages, research officers and managers work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters. They also choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating the project. Research officers and managers often make research schedules to monitor the activities of research teams.
During the research project, officers and managers usually review gathered research and analyse various sets of data. They may also interpret data and start writing reports. Many research officers and managers also verify that information on databases remains secure, as well as ensure that all team members complete their tasks and work cooperatively with the team.