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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Research Assistant

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3996

UW Job Family: 3E

SOC Code: 19-4021

Pay Grade: 17

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Assists others in conducting investigative research requiring the application and analysis of standard tests and procedures as defined by the project.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree in a field related to research project



Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

Valid Driver's

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Scientific literature search processes and procedures.
  • Teaching and demonstration techniques.
  • Workshop development and conduction.
  • Research techniques, methods and procedures, or willingness to learn same upon point of hire.
  • Data interpretation and analysis methods and techniques.
  • Quality control applications.
  • Laboratory experiment set-up.
  • Industry and government standards regarding laboratory techniques and safe handling of hazardous materials.
  • Laboratory equipment maintenance.
  • Data presentation and organization methods and techniques.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Interpret experimental data.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain concise and accurate records.
  • Understand and write highly technical data.
  • Communicate changes and progress.
  • Foster effective working relationships.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Use hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity to safely and sufficiently operate laboratory equipment.
  • Perform experiments.
  • Effectively demonstrate experiments to students, University staff, and the public.
  • Implement new techniques in the collection and dissemination of information.
  • Set up laboratory experiments.
  • Work within the guidelines of specific projects to gather and interpret experimental data.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Assists other Research Associates, Research Scientists or the Project Director by performing standard designated procedures associated with experiments/ projects under close supervision; assists interpreting and analyzing results; assists in preparing presentation data in organized form.
Review up-to-date scientific literature extracting information relevant to ongoing, proposed, or possible research projects.
Learn, develop and utilize new techniques which facilitate research goals by consulting literature or other University personnel including faculty, students and research personnel.
May assist in developing written progress reports.
Apply appropriate quality controls to ensure validity and reliability of results; identify results which exceed recommended or desired tolerances.
Set up laboratory experiments and prepare culture media used in class experiments or lecture demonstrations; may assist with maintaining laboratory equipment, as directed.
May assist with demonstrations and help teach laboratory or research techniques, methods, and procedures to public or University students and employees; help conduct workshops.

Supplemental Functions:

Assist with ordering supplies, maintaining inventory, and keeping laboratory clean and organized.
May travel to sites associated with designated project to help collect data/ specimens or assist in performing experiments.

Working Conditions:

Laboratory environment; may have regular exposure to biological, radiation, chemical, and mechanical hazards, vapors, fumes, and temperature variations.
Some positions may include regular exposure to hazards associated with research animals.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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