Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L3021 / HS Research Tech 3
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

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.


Performs a range of standard to moderately advanced and complex research assignments, under detailed and controlled protocol parameters, in a health sciences laboratory, clinical, and/or field research setting. Conducts a variety of tests and procedures of an advanced, technically complex nature; prepares data, samples, and/or specimens, and sets up and operates moderately complex and/or advanced laboratory equipment. Independently conducts assignments and provides initial summary analyses to investigators; may provide specific guidance and training to entry-level technicians and/or interns.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinates the setup, execution, and quality control of routine to complex scientific experiments, tests, and/or field studies, within general protocol parameters.
  2. Independently compiles, manipulates, and analyzes research data and prepares preliminary reports, summary analyses, and interpretations of results for investigators.
  3. Selects, modifies, and/or adapts equipment or procedures to specific project requirements; may participate in the design of routine experiments and/or testing instruments and procedures.
  4. Participates or provides input as appropriate into the development and/or coordination of specific research and/or data analysis protocols.
  5. Oversees and coordinates the utilization and maintenance of research facilities, equipment, and supplies.
  6. Teaches, instructs, and/or updates others in laboratory research techniques and equipment usage.
  7. May provide functional direction to consultants and lower level technicians on assigned work.
  8. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 5 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.
  • Advanced working knowledge of complex research techniques, instrumentation, and/or equipment, as specified in the research study.
  • Ability to use scientific research software to analyze data and prepare statistical summaries and reports.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of scientific research methodology.
  • Ability to develop, adapt, or modify research and/or data analysis protocol
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of laboratory facilities and/or equipment.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and training to end users.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.

Conditions of Employment

  • For individual positions in which driving is a job requirement, a valid NM driver's license and valid UNM driver's permit will be required.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Annual TB testing may be required if working in a patient care area.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work may, on occasion, involve exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. May require physical effort including lifting up to 25 pounds and some extended periods of standing or walking.
  • Work may on occasion involve exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that may 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: 01/30/2018