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UK07 - Senior Scientist

Band 8  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Designs, executes, evaluates and communicates the results of scientific experiments.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Expert-level class with intellectual input into the research objectives of a principal investigator’s research program.
  • Not eligible to serve as PI on an active grant.


Examples of Work:

  • Manages multidisciplinary projects multiple collaborating investigators.
  • Identifies, proposes and leads research initiatives.
  • Advises collaborating PIs on the design and execution of specific aims.
  • Extensive experience directing resolution of novel and diverse problems .
  • Publishes scholarly works.
  • Gives presentations at society meetings.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Widely recognized expert in sophisticated technologies.
  • Establishes project management policies for multi-PI projects
  • Identifies necessary participants to achieve research objectives.


State Minimum Training and Experience:

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Minimum Requirements:

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience:

A PhD, MD or equivalent with seven years postdoctorate experience plus evidence of scholarly activity as demonstrated by a significant number and quality of scientific publications, many of which as first or senior author.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Continuous)
Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous)
Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent)
Ability to climb stairs. (Infrequent)
Ability to work indoors. (Continuous)
Ability to work in all cold temperature extremes, i.e. spot coolers. (Frequent)
Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent)
Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent)
Ability to perform 'pinching' operations. (Continuous)
Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous)
Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Continuous)
Ability to fully use both legs. (Continuous)
Ability to reach in all directions. (Continuous)
Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain tactile sensory functions. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function. (Continuous)
Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs., unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lift objects, up to 30 lbs., from floor level to height of 72 inches, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lower objects, up to 30 lbs., from height of 72 inches to floor level, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to push/pull objects, up to 50 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lift and carry objects up to 30 lbs. a distance of five (5) floors and to outlying buildings. (Frequent)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Continuous)
Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous)
Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous)
Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous)
Must be ambidextrous.
Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous)
Ability to be qualified physically (by medical personnel) for respirator use, initially and annually.
Ability to work alone in isolated areas, such as darkrooms. (Frequent)

Additional New Requirements:
Ability to obtain and maintain a valid drivers license.
Computer literacy.
Ability to work rotating shifts as required.
Ability to work overtime as required.
Ability to learn and use new processes, tools and equipment as required.


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