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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F2003 / Sr Research Engineer 2
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

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.


Independently interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates research assignments. Formulates and conducts research on problems of considerable scope and complexity. Explores subject area and defines scope and selection of problems for investigation through conceptually related studies or series of projects of lesser scope.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates engineering research assignments concerned with unique or controversial problems.
  2. Applies diversified knowledge of engineering research principles, practices, and protocols in research projects; makes recommendations and conclusions which serve as the basis for decision making in a specialty area.
  3. Formulates and conducts systematic problem analysis and resolution in an area of considerable scope and complexity through series of complete and conceptually related studies, or through a variety of projects of lesser scope.
  4. Collaborates with users and principal investigators on design, analysis, application, and reporting of research projects; teaches and advises on techniques.
  5. Develops model concepts and approaches as an individual researcher and acts independently on technical matters.
  6. Supplies technical leadership and consultation to professional co-workers, collaborators, and graduate students.
  7. Receives administrative supervision, with assignments given in terms of broad general objectives and limits.
  8. Prepares analyses, reports, and other documentation for publication; presents findings at local, national, and/or international meetings.
  9. Prepares grant proposals to obtain funding in support of research activities.
  10. Serves as principal investigator on single or multiple projects of complexity and scope consistent with above criteria, and/or manages a research unit.
  11. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree in a directly related Engineering field; at least 7 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

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple projects.
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of engineering and/or scientific research principles, practices, and protocols.
  • Ability to conduct systematic analysis and develop solutions to complex scientific and/or engineering problems.
  • Ability to develop scientific reports and manuscripts based on original research.
  • Ability to utilize advanced computer statistical and technical applications.
  • Skill in educating others in research methods and techniques in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to develop model concepts and approaches for research.
  • Knowledge of management principles and practices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of engineering, scientific, and/or mathematical concepts and theories in area of specialty.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) interpretation, design, organization, and implementation of integrated and complex engineering research programs of broad scope and significance; b) development, modification, and extension of advanced engineering theories, methods, and techniques; c) definition of scope and direction of research investigations; d) technical management of other research engineers and/or technical staff; e) leadership in the development and submission of multifacted budgets and broadly defined grant proposals; f) external collaboration, representation, and professional leadership within the field of study.

Conditions of Employment

  • Professional Engineer (PE) may be required, depending upon field of expertise.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

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

Revised Date: 03/20/2017