Research Specialist Principal Duties and Responsibilities
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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