Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L1005 / Research Tech/Life Sciences
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

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 general supervision, performs standardized or prescribed research assignments involving a sequence of related operations under detailed and controlled research or laboratory procedures in biology, microbiology, cell biology, pharmacy, biochemistry, anesthesiology, pathology, and/or other life sciences. Conducts a variety of standardized tests; prepares test specimens. Sets up and operates standard laboratory testing equipment of moderate complexity. Records test data, providing basic analyses and interpretations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collects, prepares, processes, logs and compiles research data, samples, solutions, materials, and/or media in strict accordance to pre-established protocol and procedural parameters.
  2. Obtains and processes data using standardized procedures; enters data into appropriate databases and performs basic interpretations.
  3. Sets up, operates, and maintains a variety of standard laboratory or test equipment of moderate complexity, such as autoclaves, centrifuges, incubators, and electron microscopes.
  4. Performs routine and standardized laboratory or field data acquisition, data manipulation, data reduction, and basic analysis.
  5. Uses standardized and/or specialized statistical and scientific programs to process experimental data.
  6. Monitors, stocks, and procures research equipment and supplies inventories, as appropriate.
  7. 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.
  8. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  9. Maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art research techniques, technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Successful completion of at least 60 college-level credit hours; at least 1 year 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

  • Knowledge of specified laboratory solutions, materials and/or media.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to prepare and process laboratory samples using established protocols.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Database management skills.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of laboratory facilities and/or equipment.
  • Ability to collect field data and accurately record findings.
  • Knowledge of data management techniques.
  • Knowledge of SAS programming and/or other statistical software.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) understanding and following established laboratory research protocol, procedure, and techniques as specified for the assignment; b) collection, preparation, processing, and logging of laboratory samples, solutions, materials, and/or media for testing and evaluation; c) collection and processing of research data using standardized procedures, basic data compilation, and data entry; d) performance of simple data analysis, interpretation, and report preparation; and e) monitoring and procurement of laboratory supplies and equipment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) 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