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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 Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) is a rapidly growing department at the University of Michigan Medical School which is focused on the concept of learning, interpreted broadly to encompass learning by individuals, teams, organizations, and ultra-large scale national and global systems.  We are seeking a highly motivated, ambitious and experienced Research Administrator Senior to work closely and proactively with faculty and others to provide post-award administration including management of grants, contracts, and research discretionary accounts, ensuring fiscal responsibility, compliance, efficiency, and timely processing of transactions. 

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  •  Retirement Savings Opportunities


  • Pre Award Contract and Grant Administration:  Partner with faculty to prepare and submit timely and compliant grant proposals to a variety of different agencies and sponsors.  Develop and maintain effective professional relationships with work partners outside the Department, including OSRP, Finance, peer departments and peer research staff.  Prepare budgets for a wide variety of grant proposals and internal research initiatives. 

  • Post Award Contract and Grand Administration: Provide comprehensive management of sponsored funds.  Meet regularly with faculty with to review award contracts, provide financial management and projections, and offer analysis and advice on project management.   Analyze activity and variances. Review financial transactions; monitoring for appropriateness, allowability, and compliance with grant specifications, Uniform Guidance, and School/University policies. Support and initiate purchasing activity as needed. Process re-budgeting, renewals, no-cost time extensions and close-outs.

  • Interpret University, federal, and other sponsor policies; advise on their implications; recommend various possible courses of action.

  • Develop complex long-term funding and spending plans and projections and/or recommendations for multiple scenarios. 

  • Set up new projects, establish sub projects, process (re)allocations, work with DLHS HR personnel to process PAR transactions for faculty and staff effort on sponsored projects, work with DLHS financial personnel to process journal entries.

  • Work with faculty to create/submit financial progress reports, including NIH RPPRs. 

  • Maintain up-to-date training in relevant M-Pathways modules, Business Objects, M-Reports and other UM tools and resources. 

  • The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work for this role and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • 5-7 years of progressive grant and contract experience.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly in Excel.

  • Exceptional organizational, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work under pressure, set priorities, handle multiple assignment and deadlines.

  • Ability to work and build professional relationships with faculty and staff at all levels.


Desired Qualifications*

  • Advanced degree

  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA)

  • Familiarity and experience with University administrative and business tools such as Business Objects, MReports, eResearch, and Concur.

  • Familiarity and experience with Federal and other funding agencies such as NIH, NSF, AHRQ, PCORI, foundations and the use of, NSF Fastlane,, etc.

  • Knowledge of UMMS and U-M policies and procedures.


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.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.