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Job Summary

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Michigan, a dual school department, is dedicated to conducting high-impact research and instructing and guiding trainees in the areas of engineering, biology and medicine.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our pre-award research administration team.  Ideally, this person will also have post-award experience and will be able to assist on the post-award side if needed.   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 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. 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.


Facilitate all aspects of Pre-Award Research Administration including:

  • Prepare and submit project grant applications to various federal/non-federal sponsors
  • Prepare budgets and sponsor forms
  • Facilitate PAF preparation and communicate with ORSP, the College of Engineering and Medical School’s Office of Research regarding sponsor guidelines or changes required for submission to sponsor
  • Monitor PAF progress, published timetables, sponsor deadlines
  • Prepare Just-in-time information as requested
  • Assist faculty and trainees with progress reports and updating Other Support and Biosketches
  • Communicate any pre-award changes to faculty and staff when necessary

Ideally, this person will also have some post-award experience and may have a small portion of their effort devoted to post-award activities.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • You should enjoy working with a diverse team and diverse range of customers. You will need to have experience successfully supporting faculty with research portfolios including processing pre and post award grants administration. You will also need to be detail oriented, have strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Adobe Acrobat, be a passionate learner who loves digging in and finding solutions, and have strong skills in both team-based collaboration and individual work.
  • 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.

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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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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