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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 primary mission of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research is to foster an environment of innovation and efficiency that serves the Medical School research community and supports biomedical science from insight to impact. To that end, our team is constantly striving to enhance the research enterprise, including maintaining an investigator-focused infrastructure, facilitating and diversifying investigators' avenues for funding, and streamlining research processes.  

The UMMS Office of Research has numerous reporting units and programs such as the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), the Clinical Research Calendar Review & Analysis Office (CRAO), the Fast Forward Medical Innovation, the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF), the Institutional Review Board (IRB Med), and the Medical School Grant Review and Analysis Office.  Together, these teams provide the necessary support to position our researchers for success.

We are seeking a Research Area Specialist Lead to support large-scale proposal development; to write and edit grant proposals; and to design, implement and manage programs, resources and events to help faculty obtain and maintain their external research funding. 


  • Provide support for large-scale proposal development across the Medical School, including grant writing/editing, project management, development of timelines/milestones, and working closely with the project teams to achieve objectives.
  • Develop new programs and resources to assist faculty with successfully securing funding from various sponsors. Connect investigators to existing resources. Help maintain and enhance existing online resources, such as the Proposal Sampler and boilerplate descriptions of units and resources.
  • Develop and lead educational and training programs in grant proposal development for the research community, including presenting workshops, coordinating symposia and seminars, and contributing to new faculty onboarding activities.
  • Contribute to the effort to improve communications around collaboration, funding opportunities, and services/resources, including development and dissemination of robust and useful information and news to the research community through e-mail, publications and website.
  • Assist the UMMS Office of Research leadership team with new initiatives and special projects, as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

  • A minimum of six years’ experience in research development, research administration, or proposal development, particularly with NIH grants and with large-scale proposals.

  • Strong writing and communication skills, with experience in grant writing and editing, and with a proven track record of professional writing/editing.

  • Strong project management skills, organized, results oriented, and ability to successfully sustain multiple ongoing initiatives simultaneously.

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to deal effectively and persuasively with individuals of authority; think strategically, analyze logically, and exercise sound judgment.

  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse audiences and represent the Office of Research as needed.

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team


Desired Qualifications*

  • PhD in biomedical sciences or strong scientific background.

  • Experience working in a biomedical academic research organization.

  • Competency in effective organizational navigation and familiarity with University policies and procedures.

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.

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.