Bachelor's degree in a specifically related field with minimal experience, or evidence of appropriate skills gained through experience in the absence of a formal degree. (Candidates with a Bachelor's degree and minimal experience in an unrelated field will likely start on the Department Assistant ladder.)
As an initial position on the Technical Ladder, a Research Associate I is not expected to remain at this level for more than two to three years. During this time, the Research Associate I is expected to demonstrate appropriate skills, intellectual motivation, and growth in independence and creativity to warrant promotion to the Research Associate II position. Failure to reach the level of Research Associate II within two to three years may warrant reclassification or termination.