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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L1016 / HS Research Assistant
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 06

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Provides routine technical assistance in the preparation for and performance of health sciences laboratory and/or field research. Assists with the collection of data, samples, and/or specimens, under specific instructions from researchers and/or more senior technical staff as to method, process, and technique. May provide assistance, as specifically instructed, with routine tests, experiments, and/or procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collects, processes, and assists in the compilation and verification of research data, samples, and/or specimens, following strict protocol and detailed instructions.
  2. Performs or assists with the execution of routine research protocol, such as interviewing, testing, and/or scientific procedures.
  3. Uses specialized analytical equipment, instrumentation, and/or statistical software, as specifically assigned, to assist with routine data analysis and interpretation, as appropriate to the position.
  4. Assists in the setup, operation, and maintenance of research equipment, instrumentation, and/or facilities, as specifically instructed.
  5. May travel to field research sites or other locations to collect and record data and/or samples, as appropriate to established study objectives and protocols.
  6. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED; no previous experience required.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to understand and follow basic scientific research protocol and procedure.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Skill in the use of computerized systems and databases.

Conditions of Employment

  • A valid New Mexico driver's license will be required if a motor vehicle must be operated on the job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work may, on occasion, involve exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. May require physical effort including lifting up to 25 pounds and some extended periods of standing or walking.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or wokring with radiation.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017