General Characteristics: This is a fully functional professional level - may be entry level for PhD who has been in a Post-doc position for one/two years or has equivalent experience related to area of specialization. Independently evaluates, selects and applies standardized scientific or engineering procedures and techniques to assignments of moderate complexity, involving potentially conflicting design requirements, unavailability of materials or processes, etc. Incumbent seeks continual improvement of work practices from experience with moderate-sized projects; develops extensions to existing methods and protocols. Performance at this level requires developmental experience in a professional position, or equivalent graduate level education.
Knowledge: Incumbent is establishing distinguishing technical expertise; has broad knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of field of specialization.
Direction received: Assigned work under general guidance; receives instruction on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Assistance is furnished on unusual problems, and work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment.
Typical duties and responsibilities: Manages projects of moderate size and scope; makes substantial contributions to determining feasibility of goals and objectives. Identifies problems and related technical issues leading to long-term, generic solutions; identifies technical approach for solving problems and meeting customer/grantor needs. Performs tasks of a larger scope and often leads specific tasks within the project scope. Sought out for contributions to reports and publications; author/co-author on papers, proposals, presentations and reports; gives invited papers. Interacts in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals; provides ideas to improve organizational efficiency at group and department levels. Creates, monitors and implements effective plans; takes lead for scoping tasks/projects; assembles research team members. Influences important customer and UW decisions; recognized for technical contributions by external peer network. Maintains external research relationships to identify and develop new funding sources; makes significant contributions to technical proposal preparation and/or presentations. Contributes to positive co-worker/customer/investigator relationships through efficient interaction on current grants/projects.
Responsibility for directing others: Monitors the work of others and redirects efforts to achieve task/project objectives or enhance quality. Mentors junior staff in development of technical, project and business development skills.
Education requirement, minimum: Bachelor's or Master's degree or higher in an appropriate field.
Experience requirement, minimum: Three or more year's experience in a related area or equivalent combination of education/experience.