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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.

Who We Are

The mission of the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) is to catalyze, support and safeguard U-M research. To that end, the UMOR team is constantly striving to foster new research, build partnerships, and provide support to our researchers in order to realize our vision of research that serves the world. UMOR has numerous reporting units conducting research as well as units focused on services and support of our researchers. These service units, such as the Animal Care and Use Program, the Business Engagement Center, Federal Relations for Research, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Office of Technology Transfer, and Research Ethics and Compliance all provide critical support to position our researchers for success.


The Research Development Officer will work within the UMOR Research Development team to support multi-unit, interdisciplinary research development activities to bolster the U-M research community and increase opportunities and success for its faculty. Based in the Office of the Vice President for Research and reporting to the Director of Research Development, the Research Development Officer will work with colleagues within UMOR, as well as units across the institution, to facilitate interdisciplinary research and scholarship, build strategic partnerships, and develop new tools, programs and resources for increasing faculty competitiveness.


  • Connect faculty to funding opportunities, assist with proposal development and project management for large-scale and/or interdisciplinary proposals, and proposal editing (as needed) with a goal of increasing the quality of submitted proposals.
  • Develop and present workshops on various grant-related topics (e.g., finding funding, grant writing, team science, broader impacts, etc.)
  • Coordinate events and activities (e.g., invited speakers, red team reviews) hosted by UMOR and/or in partnership with other units (e.g., libraries, Foundation Relations, academic units, etc.)
  • Support/provide facilitation services to research teams to catalyze project design, proposal planning and/or long-term strategic research planning.
  • Develop programming and resources for faculty and staff, such as toolkits, mentoring programs, writing groups, orientations, and individual research plans.
  • Project management support for the Research Development Community of Practice (RDCP) and RDCP Executive Committee.
  • Project management, as needed, including supporting the administration of internal funding programs, limited submissions competitions, and online tools supporting research development.
  • Support for RD communications efforts (e.g., newsletters, funding and event announcements)

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree required.
  • Significant experience with conduct and/or management of sponsored research.
  • Experience in grant development and scholarly writing and editing. 
  • Project management experience with demonstrated ability to carry out projects to completion.
  • Ability to effectively provide training to others in the form of workshops and individual instruction.
  • Experience with administrative aspects of activity and event planning.
  • Strong initiative and demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaborative settings is essential.  Must be able to work in a sensitive and confidential manner using independent judgment and professionalism.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously while meetings deadlines and maintaining attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. preferred.
  • Knowledge of federal and non-federal research sponsors’ common requirements and anticipated funding goals.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.