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Professional Staff Salary Survey
Research Scientific/Engineering Benchmark Descriptions

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2012 Benchmark Job Group: Research Scientific/Engineering
2012 Benchmark Title: ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST/RESEARCH ENGINEER
UW Job Grade: 5 UW Payroll Code(s): 9691
2012 Job Summary: Under immediate supervision, performs assigned tasks requiring the application of standard procedures and techniques; relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. This position is the first (entry or training) professional level in the series. Solves well-defined problems using accepted methods and techniques. Conducts experiments or tests in the laboratory/field that include making measurements and recording data. Evaluates data to establish significance to the problem(s) being studied. Assists in the design of specific phases of research projects. Contributes data for use in reports and publications.
Reports to: Principal Investigator or Senior Research Team Member
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in an engineering or scientific discipline and little or no experience, or the equivalent of a degree achieved through a combination of applicable education and experience.

2012 Benchmark Job Group: Research Scientific/Engineering
2012 Benchmark Title: ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST/RESEARCH ENGINEER
UW Job Grade: 7 UW Payroll Code(s): 9693; 1493
2012 Job Summary: Independently evaluates, selects and applies standardized scientific or engineering procedures and techniques; assignments have clear and specified objectives and require the investigation of a limited number of variables. This is the intermediate level, developing professional position. Performs work that involves conventional types of plans, investigations, systems, structures, or equipment with relatively few complex features or for which there are precedents. Conducts experiments/tests in the laboratory/field which include taking measurements and recording observations, collecting, compiling and processing data. Relies on limited experience and exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices in making or recommending minor adaptations and modifications to project or process design. Assists in preparation of reports, papers, presentations, new proposals, etc., and may collaborate on some; presents papers at technical meetings. May monitor the work of junior staff to ensure correct procedures are followed and tasks are completed.
Reports to: Principal Investigator or Senior Research Team Member
Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master's degree or higher in an appropriate field. Two to four years of experience in a related area or equivalent.

2012 Benchmark Job Group: Research Scientific/Engineering
2012 Benchmark Title: RESEARCH SCIENTIST/RESEARCH ENGINEER
UW Job Grade: 9 UW Payroll Code(s): 1495
2012 Job Summary: Plans and conducts research and engineering work requiring independent judgment in the evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation/modification of standard techniques, procedures and criteria. May devise new approaches to problems encountered. This is the fully competent professional, independent researcher/engineer level. Identifies and defines the problem for which solutions are to be approached through scientific or analytical processes. Plans, schedules, conducts, or coordinates detailed phases of the work for a major project or for a total project of moderate scope. Chairs sessions at technical meetings; gives invited papers; participates in external seminars, workshops, professional societies and committees. May supervise several scientists, engineers or technicians on assigned work.
Reports to: Principal Investigator or Project Lead
Qualifications: Master's degree or higher in an appropriate field; or a PhD with significant experience in the required field of specialization. Four or more years of experience in a related area or equivalent combination of education/experience.

2012 Benchmark Job Group: Research Scientific/Engineering
2012 Benchmark Title: PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST/RESEARCH ENGINEER
UW Job Grade: 11 UW Payroll Code(s): 1497
2012 Job Summary: Plans and directs the operation of a research or engineering program or components of a large program with unusually difficult scientific problems that require a high degree of expertise, creative insight and technical skill. This level is often the PI on a project and usually requires extensive progressive experience, including work comparable to senior level. Identifies and defines the problem, determines objectives, oversees the implementation of appropriate methodology, directs data acquisition and reduction, synthesizes and interprets results and formulates hypotheses. Provides technical leadership for the unit/laboratory in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes for an assigned area of responsibility (i.e., subject matter, function, type of facility or equipment, or product). Presents papers, leads symposia and chairs committees; participates on advisory/policy boards, journals and societies; serves as peer reviewer of major technical programs; networks nationally and internationally. Plans, organizes and supervises the work of a staff of scientists, engineers, and technicians.
Reports to: Granting Authority(ies) and Department Chair
Qualifications: Requires a PhD degree. Master's degree candidates with exceptional qualifications may be considered. Six or more years in a related area.

2012 Benchmark Job Group: Research Scientific/Engineering
2012 Benchmark Title: RESEARCH CONSULTANT
UW Job Grade: 6 UW Payroll Code(s): 9696
2012 Job Summary: Working under the general direction of a Principal Investigator or collaboratively with other research staff, this position designs, develops and maintains sophisticated database structures that effectively and efficiently support data collection, input and analysis of multi-focused research project(s). Develops or assists with the development of data collection instruments. Analyzes data and assists in the preparation of results for reports, publications and/or presentations. May also perform other research support functions.
Reports to: Principal Investigator or Senior Research Team Member
Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor's degree with competency in a specific field of research and one year experience with database development and statistical analysis.

2012 Benchmark Job Group: Research Scientific/Engineering
2012 Benchmark Title: RESEARCH COORDINATOR
UW Job Grade: 8 UW Payroll Code(s): 1758
2012 Job Summary: Working under the general direction of a Principal Investigator, provides overall coordination of a significant multi-funded research project. Formulates and guides plans for solving research problems presented by PI and research staff. Assists in developing research designs, data collection methods and strategies for data management. Coordinates multiple data collection efforts which may include other collaborating agencies or institutions. May recruit or oversee the recruitment and interviewing of human subjects. Writes and edits technical reports and manuscripts for publication or presentation. Develops and monitors project budget. Prepares progress reports/proposals. Liaisons between the project team and funding agencies or significant parties.
Reports to: Principal Investigator or Senior Research Team Member
Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor's degree in the appropriate discipline and three years of related experience. (A Master's degree generally preferred.)

 

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