Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L0008 / Research Specialist/Lab
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 11

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.


Conducts highly complex, advanced technical laboratory analyses which are integrated in nature, and which require significant, in-depth knowledge of a specific area of science or engineering. May conduct complex research activities involving analysis and evaluation of research data in support of an established scientific/engineering effort.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs highly complex laboratory data acquisition, manipulation, reduction, and analysis within a specific area of engineering/scientific specialty.
  2. Compiles data and computes results, ensuring quality control and compliance with protocol, and provides initial analyses of results to researchers; makes substantive suggestions for improvements in techniques and interpretation, as appropriate.
  3. Sets up, calibrates, operates, and maintains sophisticated and/or advanced analytical and/or research laboratory test equipment, as appropriate to the position.
  4. Reviews experimental and/or test results to ascertain validity and reliability of data and proper functionality of equipment.
  5. Participates in experiment design; may develop and/or coordinate research and computer protocols.
  6. Selects, modifies, and/or adapts equipment or procedures to specific project requirements.
  7. Uses complex and/or advanced specialized statistical and scientific programs to process experimental data.
  8. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation.
  9. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  10. Maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art technology, equipment and/or systems; recommends improvements and provides relevant staff training.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; 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

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Ability to develop and follow research methodology and protocol.
  • Ability to adapt standard procedures, facilities and/or equipment to meet specific operational needs.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of experimental procedures and data analysis, manipulation, and reduction, within an area of research specialty.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to assess the validity and reliability of research data within an area of research specialty.
  • Ability to set up, operate, and maintain specialized, complex, and advanced experimental and/or test equipment.
  • Knowledge of advanced data analysis and statistical applications, programs, and techniques.
  • Ability to analyze research methodology, protocol, and procedures and make recommendations for improvements and modifications.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • 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 some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

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

Revised Date: 03/20/2017