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Job Standard for Research Assistant

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Research Assistant Overview

  • Person Group: Professional
  • Job Code: 75324
  • Pay Grade: P4
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Associate
  • Family: Research & Laboratory
  • Function: Research & Lab Support


Supports the execution of certain aspects of a research project (after the research design is established), with proper training and continued oversight.

Level Scope

Entry-level professional with limited or no prior experience to contribute on a project or work team. Incumbent learns to use professional concepts to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity under close supervision while achieving day-to-day objectives. Works on developmental assignments that are initially routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. This level is typically focused on self-development. Requires basic, discipline-relevant theoretical knowledge obtained through specific education and training.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree with at least two years relevant professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Basic knowledge of scientific principles and research protocols, including analysis and collection of samples
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to perform field or laboratory work, as applicable to the position
  • Ability to learn new skills with an appropriate amount of training


Determined by department needs

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

35% of Time the Research Assistant may:

  • Mentor students with field and laboratory work, as applicable
  • Assist with field or laboratory collection of samples
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and reports
  • Support the execution of certain aspects of a research project with oversight.
  • Assist in teaching classes

60% of Time the Research Assistant

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Research Assistant

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

To be completed by department

Travel Requirement

May be required to travel with overnight stays.

Career Path

Research Associate

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business needs, 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.