USC Human Resources Administration

Job code: 098067Postdoctoral Research Associate (RESTRICTED)

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

Summary

Serves as a research trainee for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies. Participates in planning, designing and conducting highly technical and complex research projects under the direction of a supervisor. May or may not work independently. Analyzes research data and provides interpretations. Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records. (Temporary, fixed-term; one year and renewable on the recommendation of the faculty mentor and at the discretion of the dean. May be renewed up to a maximum of five years.)

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 research trainee for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies. Participates in planning, designing and conducting highly technical and complex research projects under the direction of a supervisor. May or may not work independently.


% 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.


% 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.
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 within previous three years  
Minimum experiencePreferred experience
0-1 year  
Minimum field of expertise Preferred field of expertise
Directly related education in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods. Publications in peer-reviewed journals in the same or related field.
Minimum experiencePreferred experience
  • Analysis
  • Assessment/evaluation
  • Communication—written and oral 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
May oversee student, temporary and/or casual workers.
Comments
A copy of the doctoral diploma or other certification that indicates that the terminal degree has been completed satisfactorily is required. If the doctoral candidate has not yet obtained a degree, he/she should provide evidence that a thesis has been approved together with a documented indication of the expected date of formal graduation. It is the responsibility of the faculty mentor to verify this documentation. The documentation is to be filed with the Postdoctoral Office.

Signatures

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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.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer