2488 Research Coordinator


TITLE Research Coordinator




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Head, Physician Assistant Studies

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Health and Human Services


The primary duty of the Research Coordinator is the coordination and facilitation of the research activities of the ranked faculty and students of the department and includes assisting with protocol design, grant applications, institutional review board (IRB) applications, collation of data, and presentation of research results. The Research Coordinator monitors and reports the progress of departmental research to the department head and assists faculty in teaching research principles to students.


Education A terminal degree in a scientific discipline is required.

Experience A total of 5 years experience as primary or co-investigator in at least two clinical medical research projects resulting in at least two publications in peer-reviewed professional journals is required.

Skills Effective interpersonal and organizational skills are required; writing skills suitable for scientific publications are required.

Certification Certification as a High Complexity Laboratory Director is preferred.


1. Facilitates the research activities of ranked faculty and students by assisting faculty with the design of research projects, the preparation and submission of grant proposals, and the preparation and submission of research protocols to the Missouri State University IRB and other pertinent IRBs external to the University.

2. Encourages the research activities of ranked faculty and students by coordinating the implementation of departmental research protocols, assisting with the collection and analysis of research data, and assisting with the preparation and submission of scientific manuscripts.

3. Supports faculty and students by assisting with the coordination and implementation of student research projects as required in designated courses.

4. Provides liaison on research-related matters between the Physician Assistant Department and other departments of the College and University.

5. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the department head.

6. Supports the overall success of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Research Coordinator is supervised by the Head, Physician Assistant Studies.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 6 - 4500 Points: Knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, and methods of an administrative, academic, managerial, or professional field. Knowledge permits the employee to develop new or substantially modified approaches that diverge from standard methods to improve administrative and/or line operations. Knowledge also permits the employee to plan steps and carry out multi-phase projects requiring problem definition and modified techniques, to coordinate work with others, and to modify methods and procedures to solve a wide variety of problems. Knowledge requirements may include evidence of the ability to manage programs and/or lead and direct other professionals. Knowledge requirements for jobs at this level typically include a level of education beyond the Bachelor's degree with comprehensive related work experience, frequently including substantial administrative or supervisory experience, and knowledge of higher education processes, policies, and procedures. Alternatively, this level may require a professional or clinical specialty beyond the Bachelor's with moderate related work experience. The knowledge requirement at this level may also include a terminal academic degree with an appropriate level of leadership and/or administrative experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.