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Staff Research Associate 4 (Limited Pool) - 8737

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Job Description:

Hiring Range

$30.78/hr - $49.54/hr

Job Closing Date

Review of applications will occur as openings become available. Candidates will be selected for temporary employment in various departments as positions become available. This position is reopened every six months so please re-apply if you remain interested in the position. This position will close on 12/31/2020.

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job

Staff Research Associates (SRAs) perform or supervise the performance of laboratory and/or field experimental procedures in support of academically-supervised research and teaching in the natural, physical or social sciences; and perform other related duties as required.

Incumbents perform technical determinations and/or make technical observations in one or more fields of scientific endeavor that usually yield technical data about the phenomena under investigation. The fields may include chemistry, physics, biochemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, psychology, biology, geology, bacteriology, and other similar fields. The technical determinations include, for example, biochemical, radiochemical, physical, and biological preparation, examination, and analysis of specimen material. Installation, operation, and maintenance of laboratory and field instruments may be an essential part of the duties. The technical data yielded are used primarily for research and teaching, but the data may also relate to public service, such as patient care or agricultural extension.

Incumbents work under academic supervision; they may participate or assist in teaching activities by discussing experimental procedures with students, demonstrating procedures, working with faculty in presenting, developing or modifying portions of course material, and by providing technical supervision to students and visitors during assigned periods. However, they do not have formal responsibility for teaching and course content. Normally, engagement in teaching activities is ancillary to engagement in research activities under academic supervision.

The SRA 4 participates in research activities at several levels of difficulty and responsibility and makes significant innovative contributions to research methodology of a degree that typically changes the course of an investigation.



EssEntial Duties

Under direction, incumbents may (a) direct the work of a large laboratory including the supervision of a group of Staff Research Associate III s, II s, and I s, and where appropriate, related -Supervisor titles,or (b) take charge of the execution of research projects or major portions of research projects which have been broadly outlined by academic supervisors, or (c) engage in difficult and complex research projects in collaboration with academic supervisors. making important original contributions pertaining to laboratory and/or field experimental procedures. Within a selected methodological approach, the selection of specific methods to achieve the objective is frequently left to the Staff Research Associate, who typically contributes original ideas of major methodological significance to the prosecution of the investigation proceeding both by reference to the general body of scientific knowledge and by application of trial and error methods.

Incumbents typically consult with academic supervisors on the nature and general plan of approach to basic research problems; read and abstract scientific articles pertaining to prosecution of broad research problems; proceed without specific direction to organize and work out all techniques involved; plan, assign, and direct the work of several Staff Research Associates, advising them on problems which they are unable to solve; contribute original ideas of major methodological significance to the prosecution of laboratory and/or field phases of research; take complete charge of the execution of laboratory phases of major research projects over considerable periods of time, such as during prolonged absences of academic supervisors; exercise judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness in making decisions, consulting on occasion with academic supervisors; and prepare complete written reports on all phases of laboratory and/or field experimental work involved in research projects. Such reports usually are used for major portions of articles to be prepared for publication.

Assignments at this level of difficulty may be supervisory or non-supervisory. Supervisory assignments typically carry responsibility for laboratory management and supervision of Staff Research Associates, Laboratory Assistants, and graduate students. Assistance and participation in teaching activities, may be viewed as similar in supervisory responsibility, for the purpose of evaluating laboratory management responsibility. Non-supervisory assignments at this level typically require sustained, frequent contributions of (a) original ideas of major importance in the prosecution of laboratory and/or field phases of research and/or (b) interpretation of data yielded by new/original method(s) used or developed in the course of laboratory and/or field phases of research. Co-authorship of scientific journal articles may indicate the level of innovational contribution publicly acknowledged at this level, but it is not a necessary requirement for allocation of such positions.

Qualifications

Incumbents are expected to possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the positions. These skills, knowledge, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of extensive study and experience.

Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting may be required.

Policy Statement

How to Apply:
An online application is required for each position to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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