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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L2018 / HS/Associate Scientist 2
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

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

Independently undertakes or collaborates in the planning, development, and implementation of a laboratory, clinical, and/or field research study within a health sciences specialization. Provides day-to-day leadership in the design and execution of research protocols, and procedures within a specified component of an integrated research study. Participates and/or assists in the development of specific research concepts, and provides day-to-day technical and operational leadership to lower level professionals and paraprofessionals. Develops comprehensive data analyses and summary interpretations, and participates in the development and delivery of reports, presentations, and manuscripts associated with research findings.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Independently undertakes or collaborates in the planning, development, and implementation of laboratory, clinical, and/or field research studies.
  2. Provides day-to-day leadership in the design and execution of research protocols and procedures.
  3. Participates and/or assists in the development of specific research concepts and specifications.
  4. Provides day-to-day technical leadership and functional supervision to lower level professionals and/or paraprofessionals in the execution of study protocol.
  5. Develops comprehensive data analyses and summary interpretations, and participates in the development and delivery of reports, presentations, and manuscripts associated with research findings.
  6. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • 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

  • Firm understanding of research methods, protocols, procedures, techniques, and equipment within specified area of specialty.
  • Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.
  • Ability to lead and guide technical and professional staff in the performance of research.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate empirical data and develop graphic and/or written interpretations and conclusions.
  • Ability to develop creative solutions to complex operational research problems.
  • Detailed understanding of fundamental scientific concepts and principles within area of expertise.
  • Ability to utilize advanced analytical techniques and programs to develop scientific models.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of SAS programming and/or other statistical software.

Conditions of Employment

  • For individual positions in which driving is a job requirement, a valid NM driver's license and valid UNM driver's permit will be required.
  • 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 may on occasion involve exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that may require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

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

Revised Date: 03/20/2017