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Job Summary

The Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical School / Michigan Medicine is seeking a Senior Research Manager to manage research administration of its well-funded and productive research programs. This will be accomplished by providing highly effective leadership to the research administration team and partnering with the Associate Chair for Research in advancing departmental research activities and investigator engagement. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and will bring significant experience to this position, implementing business operations improvements and strategic planning. This position oversees the entire breadth of administrative research activity for the Department of Dermatology.



  • Partners with the  Department Chair, Associate Chair for Research and Chief Department Administrator (CDA) in the development and stewardship of the departmental research strategic plan.
  • In collaboration with the department’s research faculty leadership and the CDA, plans, develops and manages the department’s research enterprise and support operations, including:
    • Supervises allocation of duties among, and training of, research administrative support staff.
    • Develops and implements internal control processes and reviews for research compliance.
    • Ensures that research procurement policies and procedures are being followed.
    • Assists with Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and/or Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) submissions as requested.
    • Partners with the department’s finance team in the coordination and creation of pre-award and post-award processes.
    • Resolves operational challenges.
    • Manages research facilities:
      • Maintains space assignments/allocations.
      • Updates floor plans/space surveys.
      • Manages requests regarding space assignments.
      • Oversees research lab/office moves.
    • Helps ensure that research faculty and staff are in full compliance with all applicable research standards and requirements of relevant regulatory bodies.
    • Partners with the Director of Marketing and Communications, ensures that research-related content on the web is current.
    • Resolves research equipment issues and ensures that funding is available for new equipment requests.
  • Partners with the department’s finance, development, faculty, and staff human resources leads on research-related policies, procedures and projects.
  • Collaborates with department’s finance and research administrative teams on developing standard research budget templates.
  • Participates in and/or facilitates regular finance meetings with Principal Investigators (PIs).
  • Engages and provides support for faculty administrators during proposal submission and management of awards.
  • Partners with the  Associate Chair for Research with strategy, high-impact projects, and research faculty organizational activities.
  • Works with the Clinical Research Unit to support the University of Michigan Medical School Clinical Trials Support Office (UMMS CTSO) enterprise-wide clinical research management process and tools
  • Serves as principle liaison for matters of research outside the department as assigned; attends pertinent meetings (departmental, Medical School, University, or national organization) such as CTSU Leadership, Grant Processing Advisory Committee (GPAC) and Post-Award Advisory Committee (PAAC).
  • Collaborates with department’s finance and data management team to create a departmental Research Performance Dashboard.
  • Manages special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years’ progressively responsible experience with research management required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 to 5 years of supervisory or team leader experience with a successful track record in personnel management and development, change management, business operations and systems/process improvement.
  • Must have demonstrated experience and ability to effectively partner with research leadership, principle investigators, research coordinators, and other stakeholders.
  • Significant experience with National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other pre and post award sponsored research accounting, grants, contracts, and research project administration and management in an academic medical center.
  • Significant experience with budgeting, forecasting, financial management and reporting.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills for a diverse work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively in a large academic organization with a diverse and broad group of research partners and stakeholders.
  • Strong integrity, professionalism, and discretion.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of scientific/medical terminology.
  • Familiarity with research systems and tools such as eResearch and OnCore.
  • Understanding of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA), Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), Program for Education & Evaluation in Responsible Research (PEERRS), Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and/or NIH Protection of Human Subjects Training certification(s).
  • Knowledge of clinical trials billing, UM research policies and processes.
  • Experience in Lean Thinking principles, customer service and process improvement, U-M administrative systems and the U-M Data Warehouse.

Additional Information

Supervision Received:

Direct supervision is received from Chief Department Administrator. The Research Manager will routinely respond independently to the Associate Chair for Research, Chair and other inquiries. Various stakeholders have direct input to the Research Manager’s annual performance evaluation.


Supervision Exercised:

Administrative and functional supervision is exercised over research administrative staff.


Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.