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Missouri State University Posting Details in Springfield, Missouri

Posting Details

Position Title Research Specialist

Work Location Springfield Campus

Department Biology

HR Home Department 020713 BIOLOGY

Pay Grade 41

Proposed Salary 15.00/hour

Position only available to current, regular, full-time Missouri State University employees? No, Position is available to all applicants.

Appointment Type Full Time Regular

Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt

General Function


The Research Specialist carries out specific research objectives or other projects defined by the Principal Investigator. The duties of the Research Specialist will vary in level of responsibility and complexity depending on the grant project.

Description of Primary Duties

The successful candidate will participate in collecting field data and contribute to the basic natural resources inventory of a park or a monitoring program to assess status and trends of resources conditions. These include, identifying aquatic plant, aquatic invertebrate and fish species observed or collected during monitoring, measuring abundance or condition, environmental parameters, etc., using technical instruments, manuals, protocols, and knowledge of the resources. Data entry using Access database software is an important function of this position. Successful candidates may also be asked to summarize data and contribute to report writing. The Research Specialist may also supervise field technician(s) in the field. Some equipment maintenance and other duties may be assigned as needed. The Research Specialist will receive additional on-the-job training as needed for required activities (e.g., safe boat operation, electrofishing techniques, plant, invertebrate and fish identification and sampling).

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree is preferred.

Skills Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills are required. Must have the ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff, as well as to communicate effectively with off-campus collaborators. Proficiency with basic spreadsheet, graphics, and word processing software is required. Other specific requirements depend upon the particular position. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: Positions associated with this position classification may be located in facilities requiring the position to be designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy. Positions associated with this position classification may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations.

Additional Qualifications

Link to Job Description http://www.missouristate.edu/human/jobdescriptions/21744.htm

Open Date 05/08/2020

Close Date (If Close Date is blank then the posting is considered open until filled)

Special Instructions to Applicants

The First Date of Consideration is May 22, 2020. Posting will remain open until position has been filled.

Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.

EO/AA and Diversity Statement

Non Discrimination Statement Missouri State University is a community of people with respect for diversity. The University emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, and students. In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including ancestry, or any other subcategory of national origin recognized by applicable law), religion, sex (including marital status, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other subcategory of sex recognized by applicable law), age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University. Sex discrimination encompasses sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, and is strictly prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

This policy shall not be interpreted in a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

The University maintains a grievance procedure incorporating due process available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. Missouri State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Minority/Female/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity employer. Inquiries concerning the complaint/grievance procedure related to sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, should be addressed to the Title IX Coordinator, Carrington Hall 205, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, Missouri 65897, TitleIX@missouristate.edu, 417-836-8506, or to the Office for Civil Rights. All other inquiries concerning the grievance procedure, Affirmative Action Plan, or compliance with federal and state laws and guidelines should be addressed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Springfield, Missouri 65897, equity@missouristate.edu, 417-836-4252, or to the Office for Civil Rights. (Res. Board Policies No. 70-11; Bd. Min. 10-28-11.)

Background Check Statement

Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense.

Posting Number 20200080FTS

Quicklink for Posting http://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/49610

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * How did you hear about this vacancy?

  • Missouri State University Website

  • Web Postings

  • Print Publications

  • Diversity website posting

  • INSIGHT into Diversity

  • HigherEdJobs.com

  • (HERC) Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

  • Job Board (CareerBuilder.com, Monster, etc.)

  • Other Professional Conferences or Meetings

  • Personal Contacts / Networking

  • Newspapers

  • Other

  • * Please specify the recruitment source where you located this posting.

(Open Ended Question)

  • * Do you have a Bachelor's degree?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * What discipline is your Bachelor degree?

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Unofficial Transcripts - 1

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Unofficial Transcripts -2

Optional Documents

  • Other Documents -1

  • Other Documents - 2

  • Other Documents - 3