Payroll Title: UCP IX
Class Code: 0912-9089
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Under the general direction of designated administrator and/or faculty member, provides laboratory management and complex technical assistance in support of the research, teaching or service activities of a department.
GUIDELINES FOR USING THE POSITION
The primary focus of this job is on laboratory management, usually of a large and complex operation. In addition, incumbents are expected to possess the same advanced knowledge and skills in the technical specialty as that described for a Technical Associate.
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 modifies methods and techniques when standard ones are inadequate.
- Independently performs tests or analyses using a variety of complex methods and techniques, which may require solving problems inherent with the methodology; calculates results, evaluates findings and determines needed 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; trouble-shoots and resolves problems of unusual difficulty; may be responsible for design, construction or modification of such equipment.
- Manages a large complex laboratory operation, with responsibility for the quality and quantity of the work of others, proper maintenance of laboratory conditions, safety procedures, equipment, instruments and supplies, files and records.
- Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates technical and support staff; determines work schedules and work assignments; recommends staffing levels.
- Prepares budget requests and manages approved budget.
- 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 3 – 5 years experience OR Bachelor’s degree and 8 or more 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.
- Demonstrated managerial and supervisory ability and well-developed leadership skills.
- Ability to maintain and trouble-shoot 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 area.
Date Created: 6/28/1985
Date Scored: 4/12/1985