Determining the roles and responsibilities of each member of a particular project can help streamline expectations and reporting out. Even a few sentences or bullet points can help.
Understanding your needs at the beginning of a project can help you forecast any issues along the life of your project -- if you expect a regular rotation of undergraduates in your lab, for example, you may want to budget to hire a lab manager to help manage individual workflows.
Questions to think about:
Assign Core Duties Activity.
For your particular lab or setup, determine the tasks that keep you producing research.
Next, for each task, try to come up with a short description of the roles and responsibilities. This might include their responsibilities, but it may include skills. Where you see any gaps, see how you can bridge those gapes with a hiring plan or a training plan.
See our spreadsheet below for an example, as well as some sample roles, responsibilities, and skills. If you find our spreadsheet useful, please let us know by emailing us.