POLICY'S INITIAL DATE: February 20, 1975
THIS VERSION EFFECTIVE: May 1, 2011
THIS POLICY IS DISCOUNTINUED EFFECTIVE: October 23, 2013
Note: (Whenever the term "research" is used in this policy, it should be interpreted to include other academic scholarly activities including the arts and humanities.)
To provide a means whereby the persons responsible for the administration of temporary research, grant, or contract funds can react quickly to their staffing needs. However, since this policy bypasses certain other policy or procedural requirements, it is not to be used to continue positions or individuals for more than three years. The policy applies to employees in academic units defined as:
The following procedures apply to academic units, as defined above, and are established to assist with the hiring of temporary exempt and non-exempt staff for such projects. These procedures do not apply to technical-service positions, nor do they apply to positions that are expected to continue for more than three years (see Three-Year Limitation section below).
|Job Title||Level||Salary Band||Job Codes|
|Human Research Technologist||1 (Nonexempt)||E||RERS8201|
|Research Technologist||1 (Nonexempt)||E||RERS8601|
These job profiles are designed to provide guidance to administrative officers in determining the level of a proposed job. Each job profile outlines a variety of duties associated with several different disciplines, and also the educational and experience factors that typically must be met at the levels indicated.
An individual appointed to a job(s) under these procedures, shall not continue beyond three consecutive years.
An exception to the three-year limitation may be requested in cases such as where the incumbent may reach the end of his or her time limitation within a few months before the termination of a sponsored project. However, exceptions will not be granted where HR86 personnel are assigned to new projects of a duration that will exceed the remaining life of the HR86 appointment by any substantial margin (e.g., by three months).
To request approval of an exception, the academic and/or project director should send a memo to his/her unit Human Resources Representative providing justification for further review by the Office of Human Resources. In certain circumstances, approval will be required by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
If a unit wants to continue a position established under these procedures beyond three years, the position must be evaluated and assigned to the appropriate job title and level. The position must be posted in accordance with HR74.
The Human Research Technologist performs a variety of specialized tasks including performing analytical tests, statistically analyzing data, collecting materials and/or specimens, performing experiments, and preparing reports; recruits and schedules subjects/participants for studies; informs subjects/participants of research information in accordance with established protocols; maintains subject/participant records; oversees and monitors laboratory research procedures and recordings involving human subjects to ensure quality control; coordinates and reviews laboratory equipment and supplies to ensure availability for studies. Duties are performed at various levels within the defined title.
The Research Technologist performs a variety of specialized tasks associated with developing, designing and conducting research projects/experiments in the laboratory/field; investigates and evaluates research methods, advises faculty/researchers on optimal use of methodology and equipment; collects, correlates, analyzes, summarizes and reports on data/results identifying data integrity issues; trains users in equipment operation and research techniques; oversees daily operations of project and may oversee operations of laboratory including managing project/laboratory budget, maintaining appropriate supplies, scheduling and/or performing equipment repairs and documentation for equipment/facility; serves as technical expert for area of specialization/laboratory; assists in writing proposals and obtaining grant funding; and collaborates with other research staff within and external to the unit/project to review, modify, and improve research methodologies. Duties are performed at various levels within the defined title.