USC Human Resources Administration

Job code: 098028Research Scientist (staff)

Grade: 00 |Overtime eligible: No |Date approved: January 10, 2003

Summary

Serves as a key research scientist who is recognized as a national authority on topics in specialized field. Acts more independently and with a greater degree of freedom than senior research associate. Plans, designs and conducts highly specialized, technical and unusually complex research projects independently. Works under consultative direction from supervisor toward long-range goals and objectives. May contribute to the development of advanced new concepts, techniques and standards. Analyzes research data and provides interpretations. Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records. Develops solutions to research problems of unusually complexity, which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness. Makes presentations at academic and/or practitioner conferences. Provides leadership, direction and guidance to staff and/or student workers as needed.

Accountability

Priority Time (%) Task (Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.)


% Serves as a key research scientist who is recognized as a national authority on topics in specialized field. Acts more independently and with a greater degree of freedom than senior research associate. Plans, designs and conducts highly specialized, technical and unusually complex research projects independently. Works under consultative direction from supervisor toward long-range goals and objectives. Exercises considerable latitude in determining research objectives and approaches. May contribute to the development of advanced concepts, techniques and standards.


% Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources, background information and/or technology related to area of specialization.


% Analyzes and evaluates research data utilizing computers and provides interpretations requiring significant knowledge of a specialized area of research. Searches literature, utilizing all available resources including electronic, regarding new methodology and designs experiments accordingly.


% Develops solutions to wide-range of research problems of unusual complexity, which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness. Creates or modifies methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Ensures solutions are consistent with research objectives.


% Develops research documentation for publication alone or with others and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records that show independent thinking and leadership in scholarly writing.


% Makes presentations at academic and/or practitioner conferences. May participate in workshops.


% Operates and maintains sophisticated laboratory/scientific equipment.


% Provides leadership, direction and guidance to staff and/or student workers regarding procedures, techniques and use of equipment as needed.
Emergency response/recovery:    
In the event of an emergency, the employee holding this position is required to "report to duty" in accordance with the university's emergency operations plan and/or the employee's department's emergency response and/or recovery plans. Familiarity with those plans and regular training to implement those plans is required. During or immediately following an emergency, the employee will be notified to assist in the emergency response efforts, and mobilize other staff members if needed.

Qualifications

Minimum education Preferred education
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate  
Minimum experiencePreferred experience
5 years  
Minimum field of expertise Preferred field of expertise
Directly related education and experience in research specialization with highly advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures, analysis methods, principles, theories and concepts. Demonstrated leadership in developing new ideas and ability to publish in appropriate academic and practitioner outlets. Demonstrated independent thinking and leadership in scholarly writing according to such criteria as: first authored publications, conceptual leadership in the development of publications generated alone or with others, writing of first drafts of publications and/or single authored publications.  
SkillsMachine/equipment
  • Analysis
  • Assessment/evaluation
  • Communication—written and oral skills
  • Leadership/guidance skills
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Problem identification and resolution
  • Project management
  • Research
  • Adding machine/calculator
  • Computer and peripheral equipment
  • Computer network (department or school)
  • Computer network (university)
  • Fax
  • Photocopier
Supervises level
  • Leads one or more employees performing professional/paraprofessional/research work
  • May oversee student, temporary and/or casual workers.
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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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