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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L3018 / HS Associate Scientist 3
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

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 of an advanced nature requiring mastery of a line of research that is unique and/or in particularly high demand within an area of health sciences. Provides leadership in the design and execution of pioneering research methods, protocols, and procedures, which constitute a principal component of an integrated research program. Provides technical consultation to research faculty and others in the interpretation and summation of data, and in the development of reports, presentations, and manuscripts associated with research findings. May serve as an adjunct member of faculty as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Independently undertakes or collaborates in the planning, development, and implementation of advanced laboratory, clinical, and/or field research studies.
  2. Provides professional leadership in the design and development of broad research concepts, and in the establishment of new research methods, protocols, procedures, and techniques.
  3. Provides technical consultation and professional leadership to research faculty and others in the interpretation and summation of data, and in the development of reports, presentations, and manuscripts associated with research findings.
  4. Develops comprehensive data analyses and summary interpretations, and provides leadership and coordination in the development and delivery of pioneering reports, presentations, and manuscripts associated with research findings.
  5. Provides day-to-day technical leadership and functional supervision to lower level professionals and/or paraprofessionals in the execution of study protocol.
  6. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices; may manage or oversee a complete research laboratory.
  7. May serve as a member of adjunct faculty in accordance with the provisions of a letter of academic title.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 5 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

  • Demonstrated mastery of research methods, protocols, procedures, techniques, and equipment within an advanced 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 utilize advanced analytical techniques and programs to develop scientific models.
  • Ability to develop creative solutions to unique, unprecendented operational research problems.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate impirical data and develop comprehensive interpretations and conclusions.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

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