Research Specialist

locationTempe - Arizona (AZ),

atArizona State University

Estimated salary $40,000 - $45,000 a year

Job Description:


Campus: Tempe

Research Specialist

Job Description

Performs a wide variety of standard laboratory and/or field experimental procedures and/or surveys and excavations at the full operational level of skill in one field of specialty or performs a limited variety of non-standard laboratory and/or field experimental procedures and/or surveys and excavations requiring ingenuity, resourcefulness and adaptability to special and changing needs of research in one specialized field.

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

Biodesign IVV



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Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$40,000 - $45,000; DOE

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Essential Duties

May supervise, monitor of coordinate work of subordinates. Performs skilled procedures, tests and analyses requiring the delicate manipulation and/or fine adjustments to equipment in response to activity of the sample or specimen being used. Analyzes data and writes research progress reports including summarizing test results of participating investigators and assists in the preparation and writing of papers for publication; assists in writing reports on one or more aspects for large archaeological projects. Performs administrative functions such as assisting in projecting budgets and procuring laboratory space, supplies and equipment. Coordinates and/or conducts library and computer searches for research or archaeological data, some of which may include specialized archival research; modifies, adapts or varies standard procedures to meet the needs of the project and improves tests that are unsatisfactory. Assists in the design and implementation of statistical techniques and computer data systems including establishing coding formats for future scientific research data collection. Assists in judging the validity of data obtained from experimental procedures and recommends additional tests and/or modifications. Generates computerized statistical data for analytical purposes using a variety of scientific software packages; interprets data for research or archaeological projects. Creates and manages databases for studies which includes setting up database and associated data entry programs and retrieving data from database for purposes of analyses or data review. Designs and modifies questionnaires or other data collection or sampling instruments or data summarization methods, procedures or reporting formats. Operates and maintains laboratory and experimental equipment such as microtomes, microscopes, electron microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, analytical balances, photometers, spectrometers and vacuum and optical coating systems; performs repairs and makes arrangements for repairs to be performed; assists in the design and fabrication of research equipment. Performs complex necropsies and surgical procedures on research animals. Assists in the development of written operating procedures and performs quality control checks to ensure procedures are followed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline.
Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis and skill in their application.
Skill in effective communication, both verbal and written.
Skill in analyzing and evaluating data.
Skill in report writing.

Working Environment

Regular activities require ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, to be able to prioritize tasks; to manage conflict; to interact in a team environment; and to communicate through verbal and written work.
Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and laboratory subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and
manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.
May be required to wear personal protective equipment before entering laboratories such as lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, closed toe shoes, and respirator.

Department Statement

For the sixth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all six years the category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way.

Infectious disease causes 35 percent of deaths worldwide, and is the world’s biggest killer of children and young adults. Our researchers in the Biodesign Center for Immunology Vaccines and Virotherapy are focused on basic bacterial and viral infectious disease processes as well as the design and use of vaccines and protein therapeutics to combat infectious diseases. These include newly emerging pathogens and potential biological warfare agents. We are devising new and effective ways of producing advanced vaccines and therapeutics, methods include the use of recombinant attenuated bacteria and viruses as well as genetically modified plants, and transferring this technology to the developing world to help fight diseases.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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