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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L6002 / Research Physician
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 18

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.


Under limited supervision, plans, develops, and performs basic and clinical scientific research in a specialized medical field. Identifies and solicits grant/contract funding for research projects. Provides direct patient care and consultation to patients in both in-patient and out-patient environments, and trains and supervises medical students and residents, as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans, coordinates, and performs basic and clinical research in a specified area of medical specialty; participates in the establishment of research methodology, protocols, and procedures.
  2. Provides and manages direct patient care, including physical examinations, evaluations, assessments, diagnoses and treatment for a specified patient population.
  3. Prescribes pharmaceuticals, other medications, and treatment regimens as appropriate to assessed medical conditions.
  4. Identifies sources of research funding and seeks contract/grant funding for research projects; participates in the establishment and management of research budgets, and in the preparation of contract/grant proposals.
  5. Trains and supervises medical students and residents engaged in specialty activities and procedures, as appropriate.
  6. Directs and coordinates the patient care activities of nursing and support staff as required.
  7. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Doctorate degree in Medicine; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico and Federal DEA Certification.
  • 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 develop and produce grants and other proposals.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and procedures of basic medical and/or clinical research.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in a specified field of medical specialty.
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical standards for the delivery of medical care.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to supervise, advise, and train clinical professionals and/or students in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of relevant drugs and non-pharmaceutical patient care aids and ability to prescribe dosages and instruct patients in correct usage.
  • Knowledge of potential public and/or private sector sources of medical research funding.
  • Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the delivery of medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in area of expertise.

Conditions of Employment

  • Specialty licensure/certification may be required, as specified by the department.
  • Must be credentialed per UNM HSC policies and procedures if billing for services under Medicare/Medicaid.
  • Must be able to secure and maintain appropriate level of Federal security clearance.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that 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