Posting Number SRGV5370
Working Title ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Number of Vacancies 1
Location South Padre Island, Texas
Department College of Sciences / School of Earth Environmental and Marine
Scope of Job
Under limited supervision and with considerable latitude for the use of
initiative and independent judgment, performs advanced research work by
coordinating the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized
research projects. Manages the upkeep, training, and supervision of
specialized research equipment within area of assigned responsibility.
Effectiveness of road mitigation structures in preventing ocelot and
associated wildlife road mortalities
Description of Duties
• Coordinates, plans, develops, conducts, monitors, and analyzes research
projects to include interpreting results, developing nonstandard tests,
recommending technology-based solutions, or determining computational
strategies; formulates and monitors long-range research objectives, programs,
and priorities; reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the impact of legislation,
regulations, and policies affecting current research.
• Assists in formulating research objectives and programs and determines the
scope and methodologies of research projects and areas to be evaluated;
provides consultation and technical advice on research methods and techniques;
works with researchers on the development of experiments and interpretation of
results for research and teaching.
• Develops policies and procedures used in conducting and administering
research and evaluation activities; develops quality assurance procedures and
conducts quality assurance reviews on research projects; develops, improves,
or customizes products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods;
develops data models and databases; may develop new software applications or
customize existing applications to meet specific scientific project needs.
• Writes technical papers /reports and prepares standards and specifications
for processes, facilities, products, or tests; directs, coordinates, or
advises personnel in test procedures.
• Coordinates the collection, compilation, and analyzing of research data to
include the use of statistical methods and relational databases to analyze
data sets; prepares and provides presentations for professional organizations,
governmental entities, and the public; communicates research results through
conference presentations, scientific publications, or project reports.
• Ensures adherence to laboratory standards and practices to maximize safety
and operational effectiveness; prepares and schedules equipment use during
laboratory/research sessions; may diagnose equipment malfunctions, dismantle,
and repair equipment; maintains laboratory instruments to ensure proper
working order and troubleshoots malfunctions when needed; compiles and
analyzes test information to determine process or equipment operating
efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
• Trains users on the operation and data management of research equipment.
• Handles all issues relating to laboratory supplies, including ordering
materials, maintaining inventory, and proper storage.
• Participates in proposal writing and coordination for external funds for
equipment acquisitions; may be a Principle Investigator or Co-Principle
• Complies with all State and University policies.
• May be responsible for generating external funds to supplement/sustain a
percentage of salary.
• Other duties may be assigned.
Specific supervision from assigned supervisor.
May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.
Four (4) years of relevant disciplinary experience, related to the statement
of duties and responsibilities. Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods
and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and
evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.
Experience with camera traps and spatial analyses are preferred. Demonstrated
record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, including at least one first
Skilled in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and in using
computers, software, and statistical tools and programs.
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. The work
environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be
exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of
electrical shock; and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work
environment is usually moderate.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-
workers and the public. May work some evenings and/or weekends. Ability to
plan, organize, and oversee research projects, evaluate research data, ensure
the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability,
relevance, and validity, interpret and publish research findings, and
communicate effectively. Strong writing and quantitative skills.
Employment Category Full-Time
Minimum Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posted Salary Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date 09/28/2021
Grant Funded Position Yes
If Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date 08/31/2022
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and
ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to
race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected
veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil
rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act
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activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and
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