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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 Oncology Clinical Trials Support Unit (O-CTSU) Research Administration Supervisor role is within the Pre-Award Finance Team. Reporting to the Research Administration Manager, the Research Administration Supervisor oversees a team of a minimum of three employees: training, setting goals and objectives, ensuring policies and procedures are understood and followed, in addition to evaluating performance, promoting, counseling, or terminating.

The Research Administration Supervisor is also responsible for establishing and maintaining exemplary customer service to internal and external customers by building accurate clinical trial budgets for complex clinical trials.


  • Support physician-investigators who conduct clinical trials initiated by industry, consortia, cooperative groups, or investigators themselves through Clinical Trials Support Units.
  • Review, consent, protocol, study calendar and budgets to ensure alignment and capture all applicable items and services.
  • Meet with PI to determine payment responsibilities (insurance v. study). Provide direction to PI regarding accounting and budgeting responsibilities.
  • Interface as needed with study team and stakeholders (CTSU, Research Pharmacy, OnCore, MCRU, Departments, CRAO, Medical School, ORSP) regarding study needs and logistics.
  • Prepare and negotiate study budgets, payment terms, and certain contract items with sponsors.
  • Facilitate internal review process. Prepare PAF and route in eResearch Proposal Management system (eRPM).
  • Maintain internal logs and records
  • Build and maintain clinical trial and budget information in the clinical trial management system, OnCore.
  • Supervise minimum three Research Administrators and provide day-to-day guidance as they work through the budget process.
  • Work with departments across the University to develop and oversee complex trials with particular requirements, ensuring a smooth study activation process.
  • Provide coverage support to Research Administration Manager.
  • Special projects as requested by manager.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum five years' experience in finance and/or research setting. Ideally, strong acumen in budgeting for clinical trials
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and high-priority projects simultaneously
  • Excellent analytical skills and keen attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and a record of timely delivery and high quality work/results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to think critically, analyze, interpret, and problem solve in order to offer solutions
  • Able to work independently but also in a team dynamic
  • Strong leadership skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's Degree
  • Certification in SoCRA or ACRP
  • Experience in clinical trial conduct at the University of Michigan; familiarity with internal processes and systems (M-Pathways, eResearch, Velos/OnCore)

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.