Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L0011 / Research Assistant/Staff
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 06

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.


Provides technical assistance, as assigned, in the collection, processing, and coordination of data, samples, and/or specimens for a specified research study or group of studies. Works within established research protocol and under specific instructions as to method, process, and technique to perform or assist with routine tests, experiments, and/or procedures relevant to the field of study.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collects, processes, and assists in the compilation and verification of research data, samples, and/or specimens, following strict protocol and detailed instructions.
  2. Performs or assists with routine data verification and quality control, ensuring data integrity and consistency with prescribed study protocol.
  3. Performs or assists with the execution of routine research protocol, such as interviewing, testing, and/or scientific procedures.
  4. Performs and/or assists with routine data analysis and interpretation, as specifically assigned; may utilize specialized analytical equipment and/or instrumentation, or specified statistical data analysis programs and software.
  5. Assists in the setup, operation, and maintenance of research equipment, instrumentation, and/or facilities, as specifically instructed.
  6. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  7. May lead, train, guide, and/or allocate work to student employees, research assistants, and/or other research support personnel on specific aspects of research procedure, as appropriate to the role.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities which may include practicum.
  • 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.
  • Ability to understand and follow research protocol and procedures.
  • Ability to understand and follow basic scientific research protocol and procedure.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret scientific data.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Skill in the use of computerized systems and databases.

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