Difficult question indeed. When people think about research they tend to forget the tremendous amount of pure boring administration it brings with it. And of course you'ld need to be a Ni or Si cause the field you research in often is narrow and has to stay that narrow. Seldom scientifical topics really require a broad base of knowledge skills.
I'ld say regarding NTs, entps are the worst researchers of them all, they are more like explorers. Intps are imo the best researchers, while NTJs would be the best for an actual job in research. Depends on how much the intp is into an actual necessary or wanted field of research.