Research Administrator Sr/ Intermediate (Remote)

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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.


Dermatology is seeking an experienced professional to serve as a Research Administrator.  This position will be responsible for pre-award and post-award activities for a subset of faculty within Dermatology.  This position requires ability to manage shifting priorities, multitask, and a proactive individual who will approach the work with a customer service orientation. This position is a majority remote position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


  • Support PIs/faculty who conduct research with the pre-award and post-award processes.
  • Have a deep understanding of research sponsor agency grant requirements and provide interpretation and policy guidance. 
  • Develop budget, budget justifications, administrative sections, and subcontracting materials. Advise PI on the most efficient way to achieve an effective, quality proposal and coordinate a timely submission process, ensuring appropriate approvals. Adhere to and monitor project requirement dates and grant preparation guidelines: manage timelines, roles and responsibilities, and preliminary budgets. Provide guidance and counsel for the stewardship of sponsored research funds in partnership with post-award team. Ensure team follows established procedures and compliance with sponsor guidelines as well.
  • Complete all necessary forms for all types of submissions. Facilitate internal review process. Prepare PAF and route in eResearch Proposal Management system (eRPM).
  • Review and make edits to proposal and support materials for compliance with policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Serve as a resource for PIs/faculty to search for grant and contract opportunities.
  • For resubmissions, review scores and suggestions from previous submissions for administrative issues.
  • Interface with other institutions, departments, and offices throughout UM to ensure timely submission of complete and correct proposals. Be the liaison for any other stakeholders regarding project needs and logistics.
  • Perform compliance reviews of external sponsor proposals at the department level to ensure appropriate treatment of expenses, F&A costs, faculty effort, etc. 
  • Attend medical school and university meetings to stay fully up to date on grant and contract requirements.
  • Coordinate closely with the department Finance leadership to oversee research financials.
  • Assist post-award colleague with financial analyses for faculty; meet with them regularly to review their accounts and provide complete outlook of financial portfolios. Work with post-award colleague to proactively anticipate changes in effort and gaps in funding
  • Short- and long-term financial forecasting
  • Assess changes in funding and expenditures to ensure funds are being spent by the deadline without overspending or leaving large balances.
  • Effort planning responsibilities, including tracking faculty and staff effort to minimize retroactive appointment changes
  • Provide assistance to faculty with rebudgeting and renewals/extension paperwork
  • Assist with RPPR’s or other annual/final reports required by sponsors
  • Facilitate communication with the central offices
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field of study and/or equivalent experience in a health sciences discipline.
  • Familiarity with PMCID, biosketches, and other successful grant requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels and with varying levels of research administration knowledge. Ability to function with diverse teams of people in a diplomatic, collaborative, and effective manner.
  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point). Skilled with Excel and compiling large datasets.
  • Ability to work independently, set goals, and problem-solve. Outstanding organizational skills.

Senior level:

  • 5 - 7 years of progressive grant and contract experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Intermediate level:

  • 3 - 5 years of grant and contract experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

    Desired Qualifications*

    • Finance, STEM, or related degree
    • Master’s degree
    • Certified Research Administrator (CRA)
    • Prior experience with various federal and non-federal sponsors strongly preferred
    • Experience with ASSIST platform
    • Knowledge of UM research and financial practices and processes preferred
    • Experience with eResearch electronic PAF and proposal submission
    • Preferred experience with databases, query management tools and University systems, such as Business Objects, M-Reports, Concur, and other M-Pathways systems

    Underfill Statement

    This position may be underfilled as a Research Administrator Intermediate depending on years of experience and qualifications.

    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.