ED55 - Research Specialist I
General Nature of Work:
Performs a variety of medical and scientific procedures in a clinical or research setting.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is a journey-level class which may involve the supervision of aides or technicians.
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Performs complex laboratory procedures and qualitative tests.
Teaches and supervises performance of less complex laboratory procedures.
Performs complex radiochemical examinations.
Operates and maintains a variety of mechanical, electrical and optical laboratory equipment.
Performs routine examination and testing of human subjects for research purposes.
Prepares laboratory animals for surgery and performs surgical procedures as instructed.
Supervises care and breeding of experimental animals.
Refines and standardizes existing experimental procedures; participates in development of new procedures.
Records and analyzes results of research experiments or procedures.
Conducts library searches and other research of scientific literature.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of the principles, laboratory applications and information sources for the natural sciences.
Knowledge of laboratory facilities, methods, equipment and materials.
Knowledge of laboratory safety practices.
Knowledge of scientific research methods.
Skill in the operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
Ability to independently perform tests, examinations and procedures pertinent to the assigned area of research.
Ability to perform mathematical calculations.
Ability to understand and follow complex instructions.
Ability to prepare and present laboratory records and reports.
Ability to perceive colors normally and to make olfactory distinctions.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
A high school diploma and work experience in a clinical or research setting.
MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
A high school diploma and two years work experience in a clinical or research setting; a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or other natural, life or health care science may be substituted for the two years of required experience.
MUSC Physical Requirements: