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Sample Position Descriptions For: Research Associate

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Position Summary:

[Briefly summarize why the position exists and its role in achieving unit/program objectives.]

This position conducts research in the study of [XXXXXXX]; collects samples, develops analyses, interprets results and conclusions.  Writes research proposals/grant applications for [discipline] research/studies.  Manages laboratory oversees activity including equipment, supplies, and utilization.

Decision-making:

[Identifies the breadth and scope of decisions, the level of autonomy and review, and any specific guidelines used to make those decisions, i.e. research protocols, computer models etc.]

May follow standard protocols or determine protocols to be used, based on the guidelines of the principle investigator.  Has authority to make decisions related to lab management, record-keeping and statistical models utilized; may independently devise specific experiments.

Duties:

[Describe the major or most important duties performed by this position. Be clear about both the overall function and specifics of work performed.  There should be an easily identifiable relationship between the duties, position summary, decision-making and lead work/supervisory responsibilities.]

XX%  Collect research samples, ensuring integrity of specimens, collection methodology.

XX%  Analyze samples and interpret results; compile information and results into meaningful formats to ensure content is appropriately represented; maintain records and data analysis information.

XX%  Write research and grant proposals related to research [discipline]; monitor proposals through to completion.

XX%  Manage laboratory activity including usage, equipment/equipment maintenance, supplies.

XX%  Prepare written results into publishable format, as requested by PI.