USC Human Resources Administration

Job code: 098060Senior Research Associate

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

Summary

Serves as a senior researcher with expertise in field. Plans, designs and conducts highly technical and complex research projects independently and in consultation with supervisor, which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation. May contribute to the development of 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 complex research problems. Provides leadership, direction and guidance to staff and/or student workers as needed. (Regular; career employee)

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 senior researcher with expertise in field. Plans, designs and conducts highly technical and complex research projects independently and in consultation with supervisor, which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation. May contribute to the development of new concepts, techniques and standards. Exercises considerable latitude in determining research objectives and approaches.


% 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 complex research problems, which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation. Ensures solutions are consistent with research objectives.


% Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records.


% 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
3 years  
Minimum field of expertise Preferred field of expertise
Directly related education and experience in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures, analysis methods, principles, theories and concepts.  
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)
  • 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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