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Research Specialist Principal Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Conducts highly specialized independent research at an advanced level with latitude for creativity in both theoretical and experimental applications and/or supervises and directs a large research division, research facility, several small research projects and/or an archaeological project.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is seventh in a series of seven classifications and is distinguished from the Research Specialist, Senior in that incumbents at this level are the technical experts and are working at the highest level of advanced professional work in a research support capacity for a major research project program or archaeological project in which incumbent is responsible for overall administration of field, laboratory and report preparation.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises activities of subordinates.
  • Develops and directs research activities including data collection, evaluation and analyses for a research or archaeological project.
  • Performs independent research in field of specialty using advanced methods and procedures.
  • Consults with faculty researchers and acts independently in the design of research or archaeological projects, the preparation of research or archaeological proposals and the preparation for project start-ups.
  • Directs data reduction and analyses for a research or archaeological project requiring the use of independent interpretation of research data; reviews research progress and reports final results of project to faculty researcher or reviews complete file on project before submission to archives.
  • Performs complex laboratory and/or field work with responsibility for the independent development of methods and procedures.
  • Performs administrative work in support of research or archaeological objectives; develops and monitors project budget; authorizes expenditures of project funds.
  • Designs, fabricates, repairs and/or operates research equipment for the development of research data as required.
  • Plans and coordinates computerized statistical analyses for research projects which include consulting with researchers to derive an understanding of the hypothesis and experimental approach, deciding upon appropriate statistical analyses for various designs, developing statistical and mathematical models where the design may be complex due to the number and kinds of variables and directing statistical programming and execution of the various analyses.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of the subject discipline.
  • Knowledge of specialized research equipment used in the appropriate field of specialty.
  • Skill in arranging and evaluating data.
  • Skill in supervising and/or coordinating the work of others.
  • Skill in report writing.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctorate degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years of related research or archaeological experience; OR, Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND four years related research or archaeological experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comp


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