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Job Summary

The Research Process Coordinator is a key staff position supporting the research administration and financial oversight needs of the Biomedical Engineering Department, which is a rapidly growing department with a number of new faculty with primary reporting lines both the College of Engineering and Michigan Medicine.

Biomedical Engineering seeks an experienced Research Process Coordinator to work with grant administrative team to provide top-quality, best practice pre- and post-award research administrative support for an assigned set of faculty and researchers.  This position will serve as a part of a research administrative team reporting to the BME Business Administrator and participate actively in business system improvements and professional development activities.



Pre-award duties :  Preparation and submission of timely proposals for assigned research faculty, preparing proposal budgets, coordinating and compiling proposal documents, assuring compliance to solicitation and project proposal announcement requirements, coordinating proposal requirements with additional internal and external participants, interaction and coordination with appropriate research office staff, and submission through the University's E-RPM proposal submission system.  Proposals range from small proposals for individual faculty, to large complex proposals requiring several budget types and preparation of information from multiple stakeholders and participants both within and beyond the university. 

Post-award duties:  Tracking and oversight of assigned project financial status, development and communication of staff effort planning projection reports for assigned projects in conjunction with research leaders, provision of monthly financial reports to researchers which include projections of effort as reflected in staff effort plans, provision of sponsor-specific quarterly reporting and invoice backup, timely re-budgeting as required by sponsors and the University, initial approval of transactions for assigned projects, and preparation and submission of post-award administrative requests such as no-cost time extensions, information for quick establishment of sub-project/grants and subcontracts, FSR's, and other documents as needed.  Additional financial tracking will include research group discretionary and research incentive funds, expendable restricted funds, and designated activity as assigned.

This position will work with unit administrative leadership to assure build efficient administrative processes while providing responsive and accurate administrative support across the department. This may include serving as a backup for other research administrators during scheduled absences or to assist with overload assignments in other areas.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years of relevant research administrative or financial experience.   This position requires a high level of multitasking and prioritizing, managing numerous proposal submissions of varying degrees of complexity simultaneously.  The successful candidate will work closely cultivating trust with a variety of constituents including Departmental Chair, Unit Administrator, faculty, staff, College and University administrators and external sponsors.  The right candidate for this position will exhibit resilience in providing services in an environment of rapid growth and change, and within that context, maintain a positive outlook and find ways to help move the department to efficient and customer-serving operations. Effective oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are essential.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Finance or a related field.  Demonstrated experience with multi-project project financial reconciliation and analysis along with experience in staff effort planning and projection. Demonstrated financial report creation competence with familiarity and experience with university administrative and business tools such as Business Objects, eResearch, Concur, procurement, electronic timekeeping, and other tools which would enable effective oversight and stewardship to sponsored projects.  Experience using unit-defined commitments and financial monitoring to the Source/Use level for a department.

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: .

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering  component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: .

Background Screening

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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.