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Job Summary

A major research area within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering is seeking a Research Administrator Associate.  The Research Administrator will be a key member of the administrative team supporting the research administration activities of a complex research lab with approximately 27 faculty members and a large portfolio of research projects.  Duties will include pre- and post- award support as well as general administrative support.

Mission Statement

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—with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair, and inclusive environment—can be found at:

Who We Are

Welcome to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

People Powering Innovation

We have been contributing to the science and technology of electrical and computer engineering since 1895. Our longstanding tradition of excellence in education and research is complemented by constant innovation and a vision for a better tomorrow.

Our faculty are leading the way in areas such as low-power computing, integrated analog and digital electronics, embedded systems, communications, energy and power systems, nanotechnology and nanomaterials, applied and computational electromagnetics, radar remote sensing, solar cells and photovoltaics, quantum computing, ultrafast lasers, optoelectronics, plasma science and engineering, terahertz science and technology, MEMS, big data, cyber-physical systems, wireless sensor networks, computer vision, and robotics.



Mission: Michigan ECE Staff creates a welcoming environment that fosters world class collaboration, empowers bold ideas and pursuit of success to enable all to overcome challenges in their quest to be the best.


Values: ECE will strive for excellence and provide our best service to all by embodying the following values:

Motivation and Innovation

We will be empowered to proactively provide excellent service to all and remain open to creativity in solutions.

Comprehension and Communication

We will clearly understand our work and its purpose, and continue to learn and share our expertise in order to foster organized and transparent practices.

Teamwork and Positivity

We will bring positivity when working collaboratively, while embracing diversity and inclusion, and respecting others’ opinions and ideas.

Leadership and Integrity

We will be positive role models by being respectful, responsive, and accountable.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity.  The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off, including vacation time, sick time, holiday and season days

  • Retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending account for healthcare and dependent care expenses


Pre-award activities include assisting in the development, preparation, review and submission of proposals.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and adhering to proposal submission guidelines.

  • Navigating through various on-line proposal submission systems.

  • Developing budgets and budget justifications.

  • Preparing intricate proposal submission packages.

  • Managing and meeting multiple, coinciding deadlines.

  • Coordinating with internal and external faculty, staff, and other key points of contact.

  • Following College and University policies.

  • Staying abreast of new regulations and changing requirements.

  • Maintaining files and documents per area guidelines.


Post award activities include assisting in the oversight of multiple types of funded projects (federally sponsored, non-federally sponsored, internal, gifts).  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigating and resolving project issues.

  • Locating and retrieving documents and maintaining files.

  • Preparing responses to inquiries.

  • Assisting with the preparation of various financial reports and documents.

  • Assisting in the oversight and tracking of area related administrative issues.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree. 1-3 years of grant and contract experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Successful candidate must be motivated with a positive attitude and strong commitment to exceptional customer service. Must have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to maintain confidential information and a demonstrated ability to work well under pressure. Must have an excellent attendance record. Must possess analytical and creative problem solving skills, good decision-making ability, exceptional organizational and project management skills with meticulous attention to detail and a willingness to work as necessary to meet tight timelines. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment requiring minimal day-to-day supervision to deliver projects in a timely and effective manner. Requires strong computer skills utilizing Excel, FileMaker and Word.

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration. Prior experience working with sponsored research in an academic environment as well as experience with budgeting and electronic proposal submission and post-award administration of grants and contracts is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of University standard practice, accounting procedures and principles.

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.