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Job Standard for Research Analyst

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Research Analyst Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 5451
  • Pay Grade: J
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 3
  • Family: Research
  • Function: Research/Lab Support


To perform basic qualitative and quantitative research and writing projects involving data collection, data preparation and preliminary analysis; perform related work.

Level Scope

Regularly works on tasks that are varied and complex. Applies full range and job knowledge; frequently adapts procedures, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet specialized needs; may serve as lead; performs broad and/or focused assignments under general supervision; originality and ingenuity are often required to help establish procedures in functional area; relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: research methods; principles of statistics.

Experience: writing analytical (research) reports or materials; using statistical software or spreadsheet software to perform statistical analysis.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Some knowledge of economics.
  • Experience:  in UNIX 4GL.; with GIS concepts or (ESRI) ArcGIS.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Research Analyst must:

  • Research information and data; develops tools for collection of data; identifies erroneous or questionable data using established methods and procedures to assure the quality of data collected; utilizes established sampling techniques and selects sample; identifies problems with reporting systems and recommends changes; makes recommendations for improving research procedures.
  • Edits and compiles data manually or by computer program; reviews and corrects data ensuring output is consistent with study; drafts report of findings into formats appropriate to various users; respond to requests for information on current and potential use of data and research system.
  • This is the first of a four level series: Research Analyst, Research Analyst Senior, Research Analyst Principal and Research Analyst Supervisor. At this level, incumbents perform preliminary data analysis and have routine reporting responsibilities. They have limited responsibility for planning studies and for making complex analysis or interpretation. The development of research methodology, procedures and forms for data collection is found at the Research Analyst Senior level.

35% of Time the Research Analyst

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Research Analyst

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Research Analyst

Career Path

Other professional positions

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.