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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Research and Business Engagement Officer (RBEO) works within a team based environment to support the university’s strategic goals to expand the impact of research activity, to engage external stakeholders in collaborative research and to provide grant-related consultation and proposal development support for multi-investigator or institutional proposals for extramural funding. This is a part-time 20 hours (50%) per week term limited two year position.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement strategies to facilitate research collaborations
  • Identify research inefficiencies and develop process improvements
  • Liaison between internal (faculty, staff and students) and external stakeholders
  • Expand the sophistication of research services to include business engagement and commercialization
  • Nurture multi-disciplinary projects corresponding to the University’s strategic research initiatives
  • Generate new streams of federal, state and foundation funding
  • Responsible for identifying and evaluating new opportunities and translate University-wide assets to the commercialization ecosystem.
  • For selected opportunities, the position is responsible for engaging external stakeholders, inform them of the opportunity for collaboration/commercialization, and managing the project to ensure agreed upon goals have been achieved.
  • Participate in Alliances to support components of the University’s vision to improve the impact of research

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration or discipline related to Business Development, Research, or Strategic Planning
  • 10 years or more experience as a research and development leader with experience in corporate relations, venture capital funding and the commercialization of technology
  • The incumbent must have a significant track record of success in research/innovation, business development and technology commercialization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based environment to achieve common goals, and to quickly develop knowledge and appreciation for the breadth of University research, academic excellence, creative works, and innovation strengths.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and independently with a keen attention to detail
  • Must have a successful track record in research and project management
  • Demonstrated outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Must have a history of mentoring and developing researchers in and beyond their own discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships and build high-performing teams.
  • Must be able to interact effectively with a variety of people on and off campus and to work with tact and judgment in dealing with agency and University personnel and information.

Desired Qualifications*

Ph.D. Preferred

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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