Payroll Title: UCP VIII
Class Code: 0829-9088
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Under the general direction of designated supervisor an/or faculty member, provides complex technical assistance and laboratory supervision in support of the research, teaching or service activities of a department.
GUIDELINES FOR USING THE POSITION
Incumbents in this position are expected to know and apply to the completion of projects a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures in a technical specialty. Work is often difficult or complex requires considerable planning and can vary over a wide range of technical tasks, which present new and unusual problems with some regularity. Incumbents are expected to work from broad objectives with considerable latitude for non-reviewed action or decisions. Problem solving and ingenuity are the norm. Jobs at this level normally include supervision of a small laboratory operation and/or technical staff.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Prepares or supervises preparation of samples for analysis or testing.
- Selects and adapts most appropriate methods and techniques from a variety of possibilities, some of which may appear equally suitable; as needed, researches and develops new or modified methods and techniques when standard ones are inadequate.
- Independently performs tests or analyses using a variety of complex methods and techniques, which may require substantial modification to achieve reliable results or may require solving problems inherent with the methodology; calculates results, evaluates findings and determines need for further analysis; prepares comprehensive reports which document methodology, evaluate findings and explain other information pertinent to the analysis
- Operates, tests and calibrates analytical instruments, equipment and related components, which may be extremely delicate and sensitive; makes adjustments and resolves new and unusual problems.
- Is responsible for maintaining in proper working order equipment, instruments and related apparatus, which may be highly specialized or prototype; troubleshoots and resolves problems of unusual difficulty; may be responsible for design, construction or modification of such equipment.
- May manage a small laboratory operation, with responsibility for proper maintenance of laboratory conditions, safety procedures, equipment, instruments, supplies, expenditures, files and records; may supervise technicians of lower grade.
- Initiates purchases of equipment and supplies; maintains contact with vendors and searches commercial market to determine availability and cost of equipment/instruments to meet needs of the department
- Serves as a resource to students, staff and faculty in area of specialization; works with and advises faculty, administrators or clients to support their research, teaching or service needs.
- Keeps abreast of development in area of expertise and related scientific fields through reading of scientific journals and technical papers; adapts new technology as appropriate to meet changing laboratory needs or improve effectiveness or efficiency.
- Participates in discussions of research protocols and objectives.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
- Master’s degree in specialty appropriate to department to be served and 2 – 4 years experience OR Bachelor’s degree and 5 to 7 years experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the technical specialty, appropriate to the department to be served, and proven ability to apply a wide range of concepts, techniques and practices to carry out broad laboratory objectives.
- Proven ability to evaluate and produce reliable results, problem-solve and trouble shoot complex problems
- Knowledge of state of the art technology appropriate to the technical specialty.
- Supervisory ability
- Ability to maintain and troubleshoot complex problems with laboratory equipment; design and construction capability may be required in some specialty areas.
- Knowledge of computers and programming may be required in some specialty areas.
Date Scored: 11/17/1987