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Job Summary

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) at the University of Michigan Medical School is dedicated to conducting high-impact research and instructing and guiding trainees in the areas of cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neuroscience, organogenesis, stem cell biology, and tissue repair and regeneration.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to be the primary research administrator for post award administration and complete the pre-award/grant application process for a sub-set of our faculty. In this position, you will support the continued expansion of the department’s highly productive research program by providing senior research administration services to faculty and trainees in the department. This position offers the opportunity of independent authority over a majority of the department’s post award research portfolio.  This position is deadline driven and may require overtime periodically.

You will join a diverse workforce and an amazing team of administrative professionals who support the faculty, trainees, and staff, and their research with varied backgrounds, expertise, knowledge, and skill and provide a large collection of mission dependent functions. The CDB Admin Team’s Mission is “Together, we provide solutions using innovation and exceptional service, to enable the success of CDB’s trainees, staff, and faculty, and beyond.” Our Values are: Compassion and Inclusion, Equity, Diversity, Teamwork, Innovation, Integrity, and Professional development/Personal growth.

Core to our values is ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we all learn from each other. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and have a supportive and enjoyable work environment.


Post Award Administration

  • As the primary post-award research administrator for CDB, advise faculty on the financial position of their sponsored and discretionary funding. Review and analyze accounts and prepare journal entries, request and monitor sub-accounts, rebudgeting, NCTXs, and closeouts. 
  • You will meet every other month in person (or zoom) with faculty to discuss their projects. Work closely with faculty to develop forecasts, and reports for their entire funding portfolio, monitor burn rates, and analyze and explain variances, while keeping the department administrator apprised. 

Pre Award Administration

  • Partner with faculty and trainees in the development, preparation, and successful submission of grant and contract proposals to a variety of sponsors including the NIH, DoD, foundations, societies, and industry sponsors. Prepare budgets of varying complexity for proposals, contracts, and other agreements. Assist faculty with submission of progress reports and administrative supplements.
  • Work with the development office to find funding opportunities in line with current research initiatives; coordinate training opportunities for faculty and trainees for the administrative portion of grant writing and budget preparation.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree
  • Experience successfully supporting faculty with research portfolios including processing pre and post award grants administration.
  • Detail oriented, have strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Adobe Acrobat 
  • A passionate learner who loves digging in and finding solutions, and have strong skills in both team-based collaboration and individual work.
  • Enjoy working with a diverse team and diverse range of customers.  

Senior Level: 

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in research administration

Intermediate Level: 

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in research administration

Desired Qualifications*

  • A working knowledge of eResearch, M-Pathways, and other internal UM platforms and familiarity with multiple sponsor funding guidelines and UM policies and procedures are a plus.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.