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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 323J
Category: Health Care


Perform professional work in support of scientific research; develop and verify investigative procedures; assist in experimental design.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, develop, verify and implement investigative procedures to accomplish research goals; analyze experimental results and prepare reports for publication. Assist in the design of experiments; determine appropriate experimental controls.

Typical Work

Collaborate with primary investigator, and assist in designing experiments; examine proposals to determine projects and methodologies best suited to research objectives;

Determine the most suitable methods to be used in research; determine appropriate experimental controls;

Edit and write reports of research including the assembly, organization, analysis and interpretation of data; perform necessary literature survey;

Prepare and present written and oral reports of experimental results;

May train and direct the work of Research Technologists and other laboratory personnel;

May direct the operation of one or more facets of the research laboratory;

May evaluate and select new equipment;

Perform duties of Research Technologist 2;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate field of technology or science and two years experience as a research technologist, or equivalent; OR an advanced Degree in an appropriate scientific field. Professional-level experience may be substituted, year-for-year, for the formal academic degree.

The announcement of position vacancy (recruiting bulletin) may specify course work or experience within a specific discipline if determined necessary by the personnel officer.

Training or experience within a specific discipline will be required to meet the unique requirements of individual positions.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-03-73
Revise Title: 12-14-73
Revise Class: 12-18-74
Revise Minimum Qualifications: 1-15-76
Revise Class: 4-20-87
New class code, formerly 4861, effective July 1, 2007.
Revised typical work and desirable qualifications, minor housekeeping; May 26, 2010.