Laboratory and Research Services, #59070
Occupational Family: Natural Resources and Applied Science
Pay Band Range: 1 - 5

Concept of Work

This Career Group provides career tracks for laboratory aides, laboratory assistants, laboratory specialists, research assistants, and research specialists who provide and/or oversee laboratory, research, or animal care support for animal, plant and physical research, teaching, clinical or regulatory services, or in a veterinary hospital. Employees perform duties that range from entry-level responsibilities such as glassware cleaning and sterilization, conducting routine tests, compiling data and maintaining quality control, collecting and preparing samples, and animal care, to management responsibilities for total functions of laboratory units, research projects, writing research papers as author or co-author, preparing grant proposals, and teaching laboratory sections to college level students.

 

Roles Comprising This Group

These roles describe the collective characteristics of the work performed by employees in the Laboratory and Research Services Career Group. The roles define the typical career paths for employees who pursue careers such as laboratory aides, laboratory assistants, laboratory specialists, research assistants, and research specialists.

Although all of these occupations work in laboratory and research, each warrants a separate career track. Each of these career paths requires different knowledge, skills, and abilities and would not naturally lead to the other for career progression. However, a role for each of these occupations represents different levels of work, or career progression. Career paths may exist within a single role, extend to other roles in this Career Group, or to roles in other occupationally related Career Groups.

 

PAY BAND

PRACTITIONER ROLES

ROLE CODE

MANAGEMENT ROLES

ROLE CODE

1

Laboratory and Research Aide

59071

   

2

Laboratory and Research Technician

59072

   

3

Laboratory and Research Specialist I

59073

   

4

Laboratory and Research Specialist II

59074

   

5

   

Laboratory and Research Manager

59075

 

Role Descriptions

These roles are distinguished based upon the Compensable Factors of Complexity, Results, and Accountability and are used for position classification. These factors should be used for classification and compensation analysis. Recruitment and selection standards must be based on knowledge, skills, and abilities as indicated in the Employee Work Profile.

 

Laboratory and Research Aide

Code: 59071

Pay Band: 1

SOC: 19-4000*, and 31-9096*

The Laboratory and Research Aide role provides career tracks for laboratory aides and laboratory animal caretakers who follow a highly structured schedule in performing simple, repetitive tasks under the immediate supervision of higher-level laboratory, or research personnel. Typical duties include washing and sterilizing glassware and equipment; receiving, distributing and preparing packages, samples and supplies; preparing sample test kits, and preparing media.
COMPLEXITY
  • Applies knowledge of basic sanitation techniques, laboratory safety procedures, research procedures, animal handling/care and hygiene, and use of laboratory equipment.
  • Performs routine work with limited variation.
  • Follows established directions and procedures.
  • Limited contacts outside of co-workers and supervision.
  • May perform a variety of tasks related to animal care such as feeding and caring for animals.
RESULTS
  • Proper sanitation procedures ensure appropriate laboratory testing and research conditions.
  • Provides responsible care of animals.
  • Responsible for equipment in support of research, laboratory, or clinical programs or teaching services.
  • May be required to adhere to established standards and guidelines as set forth by accredited programs.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Decision-making and judgment is limited to assigned functional area and based on clearly defined procedures and guidelines or under direct supervision.
 

Laboratory and Research Technician

Code: 59072

Pay Band: 2

SOC: 19-4000*, and 31-9096

The Laboratory and Research Technician role provides career tracks for laboratory technicians, geological technicians, and laboratory animal caretakers that perform a variety of laboratory and/or research tasks in support of research/teaching, clinical services, geological services, field research or a regulatory laboratory. Employees are responsible for a variety of standard procedures that range from routine to specialized in the areas of cleaning and decontamination; media preparation; performing standard/routine laboratory testing; sectioning and preparing rock and mineral samples for various mineralogical and laboratory analyses; preparing samples; assisting in autopsy, necropsy, or routine surgical procedures; maintaining animal health and welfare; recording data, and operating and maintaining tools and equipment.
COMPLEXITY
  • Applies knowledge of sanitation techniques and laboratory safety.
  • Applies knowledge of research and testing procedures and techniques, and of animal handling, care and welfare.
  • Performs a variety of procedures supporting laboratory, research, clinical or autopsy and necropsy services, or geological services.
  • May provide limited surgical assistance.
  • Follows established directions and procedures.
  • Frequent contacts with co-workers, supervisors, students, faculty, and research staff to discuss study techniques or results or handling and care of animals.
RESULTS
  • Proper laboratory, autopsy and necropsy procedures impact outcomes of tests and research, and impact the safety, health, and well-being of laboratory animals, staff and the general public through the identification of scientific and legal findings or contagious disease sources.
  • Proper sanitation procedures ensure appropriate laboratory testing and research conditions.
  • Provides responsible care of animals.
  • Responsible for equipment in support of research, laboratory, or clinical programs or teaching services.
  • May be required to adhere to established standards and guidelines as set forth by accredited programs.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Responsible for generally well defined procedures supporting laboratory, testing, research or clinical programs.
  • Decision-making and judgment is typically based on clearly defined procedures, although skilled positions may exercise independent judgment.
  • Refers non-routine issues to supervision.
  • May lead other staff, activities, or provide guidance and leadership to students and interns.
  • Development of competencies may lead to broader, more responsible assignments.
 

Laboratory and Research Specialist I

Code: 59073

Pay Band: 3

SOC: 19-4000*, and 31-9096

The Laboratory and Research Specialist I role provides career tracks for autopsy technicians, laboratory specialists, research specialists, assistants to chemists, microbiologists and other scientists who support in the performance of various technical, scientific, analytical or animal care activities for clinical, research, regulatory or laboratory programs, or in a veterinary hospital or animal care facility. Laboratory and research support responsibilities range from journey-level to advanced-level.
COMPLEXITY
  • Applies knowledge of scientific/technical principles, practices, and regulatory requirements of functional areas.
  • Performs a variety of procedures supporting clinical, research, field research, service or regulatory and/or diagnostic laboratory programs.
  • Duties may include performing standardized or specialized scientific or clinical procedures, performing preliminary procedures to prepare, expedite, and facilitate further scientific examination and training, assisting in veterinary surgical procedures, analysis and compilation of data, communicating findings/research results, animal care, repairing and maintaining equipment and ordering supplies.
  • May have contact with, private business, other state agencies or government entities, faculty, students and researchers, and/or the general public to communicate results and explain laboratory procedures or regulatory requirements.
RESULTS
  • Proper application of procedures impacts outcomes of tests and research, legal evidence, and the safety, health, and economic well being of the general public, research staff, environment and/or animals through identification of scientific and legal findings, contagious and benign disease sources.
  • Performance of duties may impact the level of public confidence and consumer satisfaction.
  • May be required to adhere to established standards and guidelines as set forth by accredited programs.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Independently performs standardized or specialized procedures and seeks advice on more complex or non-routine issues.
  • Decision-making has moderate to significant impact on programís success.
  • Exercises judgment and decision making to determine appropriate procedures; compiles data, documents and communicates findings.
  • May lead, train or supervise students, staff or coordinate program activities.
 

Laboratory and Research Specialist II

Code: 59074

Pay Band: 4

SOC: 19-4000*, and 31-9096

The Laboratory and Research specialist III role provides career tracks for both employees who are laboratory specialists and research specialists performing advanced to expert level responsibilities and for supervisors in a laboratory, field setting, animal care facility or for scientific research. The first track is for positions conducting complex scientific procedures or research for a laboratory or program manager, principal investigator or project director. The second track is for laboratory and research specialists who continue to deliver scientific services while assuming additional supervisory and administrative responsibilities.
Laboratory and Research Specialist II (Advanced-Expert)
COMPLEXITY
  • Applies knowledge of assigned technical or research area.
  • Participates or leads in the design, modification and performance of laboratory or research projects.
  • Frequent contact with private business, other state agencies or government entities, principal investigators, faculty, laboratory staff, students and researchers, and/or the general public to report and interpret results, provide consultation and technical assistance, and discuss research projects.
  • Responsibilities include: participating in or leading work in the design, modification, evaluation and performance of laboratory, field surveys or research procedures; writing or modifying computer programs to analyze data and generate reports; researching literature related to project/procedures; conducting experiments; writing segments of reports and manuscripts; coordinating grants and budgets; assisting lower level staff; troubleshooting instrument problems and performing preventive maintenance on equipment.
RESULTS
  • Accurate scientific testing, research, and consultation minimizes errors in laboratory findings, scientific research and fieldwork.
  • Proper application of procedures impacts outcomes of tests and research, and the safety, health, and well being of the general public, research staff, and laboratory animals through identification of scientific findings, and contagious and benign disease sources.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Independently performs and provides consultation on specialized laboratory/research procedures and projects.
  • Independent decision-making on appropriate methods, design and data interpretation.
  • Some positions ensure compliance with established standards and guidelines as set forth by accredited programs.
  • Independently monitors, evaluates and analyzes quality control results and determines corrective action as needed.

Laboratory and Research Specialist II (Supervisor)

COMPLEXITY
  • Applies knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
  • Applies knowledge of assigned technical or research area.
  • Participates or leads in the design, modification and performance of laboratory or research projects.
  • Frequent contact with principal investigators, research faculty, laboratory personnel and students to discuss policies, procedures and methodology; coordinate research projects; report and interpret results; and provide consultation, and technical assistance.
  • Responsibilities include: writing grant proposals and identifying funding sources; designing and directing complex research projects in consultation with a principal investigator; modifying and developing laboratory and field procedures, quality control processes and determining work methods; reviewing the scientific work results; directing animal care according to applicable federal laws and regulations; hiring and training personnel or students; approving procurement, budgeting, other administrative duties; and teaching a laboratory section of college level students.
RESULTS
  • Accurate scientific testing, quality control, research, or consultation and supervision minimizes errors in laboratory findings or research, and impacts the success of grant proposals and scientific findings.
  • Work impacts the health, safety and well being of the general public, the environment, industry, research, and animal health and welfare.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Independently supervises laboratory research operation or animal care facility to include business functions and accountability for services provided to administrators, faculty, and other users.
  • Responsible for program and staff supervision.
  • Leads teams or special projects.
  • May be required to ensure compliance with established standards and guidelines as set forth by accredited programs.
 

Laboratory and Research Manager

Code: 59075

Pay Band: 5

SOC: 11-9199*

The Laboratory and Research Manager role provides career tracks for managers of laboratories in a teaching, research, clinical, service or regulatory setting. Employees are responsible for making administrative decisions related to all laboratory operations and exercise broad-based administrative responsibility for all laboratory functions and personnel.
COMPLEXITY
  • Applies knowledge of the principles and methods of laboratory administration and management.
  • Applies knowledge of the theory and application of lab methods and instrumentation for the assigned discipline(s).
  • Ability to plan, lead and evaluate the work of professional staff.
  • Frequent contacts, with regulatory boards or governmental entities regarding standards, quality assurance, and lab procedures.
  • Frequent contact with internal departments regarding administrative matters and with vendors concerning equipment and supplies.
  • Frequent contacts with researchers, staff and students to provide information, consultation or direction concerning laboratory operations.
  • Plans, manages and evaluates the work of professional staff; develop goals, objectives and timetables; develop and monitor budgets; determine and implement technical methodologies, ensure that quality control standards and safety procedures are in compliance with government regulations and laws.
  • May teach and/or serve as technical experts.
RESULTS
  • Proper management of laboratory operations ensures the scientific accuracy, timeliness and quality of services and impacts public health, safety, and the environment.
ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Responsible for the provision of quality and timely laboratory services.
  • Manages work of subordinate supervisors and professional and technical staff engaged in laboratory operations and research.
  • Establishes and monitors quality control procedures.
  • May ensure compliance with established standards and guidelines as set forth by accredited programs.
 
*Statistical Reporting
 
This Career Group includes, but is not limited to, those in the following Standard Occupational Classifications:
 
11-9199 Managers, All Others
19-4000 Life, Physical, and Social Technicians
19-4011 Agricultural Food Science Technicians
19-4021 Biological Technicians
19-4031 Chemical Technicians
19-4041 Geological & Petroleum Technicians
19-4090 Miscellaneous Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
31-3096 Veterinarian Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
 

History

 
Previous class titles (listed by new role title).
 

Laboratory and Research Aide

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

43101

Laboratory Aide

2

44382

Animal Care Technician A

3

 

Laboratory and Research Technician

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

44371

Autopsy Technician A

4

43102

Laboratory Technician

4

43103

Laboratory Technician Senior

5

53121

Geological Technician

5

44383

Animal Care Technician B

5

 

Laboratory and Research Specialist I

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

44373

Autopsy Technician B

6

44401

Forensic Autopsy Technician

6

44402

Forensic Autopsy Technician Senior

7

53071

Microbiologist Assistant

7

44384

Animal Care Technician C

7

81342

Seed Analyst

7

22561

State Anatomical Program Supervisor

8

34031

Research Specialist

8

53011

Analytical Chemist Assistant

8

43071

Laboratory Specialist

8

 

Laboratory and Research Specialist II

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

34032

Research Specialist Senior

9

43072

Laboratory Specialist Senior

9

81152

Agricultural Biologist Assistant Senior

9

81343

Seed Analyst Senior

9

43073

Laboratory Specialist Advanced

11

34033

Research Specialist Advanced

11

44386

Animal Care Supervisor

11

 

Laboratory and Research Manager

CLASS CODE

CLASS TITLE

GRADE

43074

Laboratory Manager

13