Research Administrator Associate

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How to Apply

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 interest in the position and provide examples of specific skills and experiences that will make you successful in this role.


The Administrative Core within the Institute for Social Research (ISR) provides administrative support to three centers (Center for Political Studies, Research Center for Group Dynamics and the Population Studies Center).  ISR is seeking a Research Administrator to engage a team in providing pre- & post-award support for the Administrative Core. In this role, you will support accomplished Research Faculty and their teams in managing the proposal preparation and post award requirements for their projects. The Research Administrator will be part of a supportive, community-oriented team of experienced research administrators providing complex and full range life-cycle research administration services. You will report to the Research Administration Senior Manager of the Administrative Core.

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. This position is non-exempt. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health and dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


  • Interpret regulations and guidelines of program funding opportunities for standard grants and create checklists with timelines for faculty reference and assistance.
  • Work closely with assigned Research Faculty to assist in proposal preparation and submission through the eRPM system.
  • Assist faculty in the creation and maintenance of specific Biosketches, CVs, Current and Pending Other Support for assigned faculty.
  • Develop a multi-year project budget.
  • Organize all proposal documentation and submit via eRPM.
  • Monthly reconciliation and forecasting of the financial portfolios for assigned faculty.
  • Maintain encumbrances, track expenses, staff effort planning, revenues, invoicing and payments for assigned sponsored and internal projects.
  • Verify that all expenses charged to the award are appropriate based on the conditions outlined in the award document.
  • Identify any post award changes that are necessary and initiate.

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, with a minimum 1 year of work experience in grant, contract or financial experience

  • Demonstrated problem solving ability and can make independent decisions on matters of significance, within the scope of responsibilities.
  • The ability to organize information and manage competing deadlines, while being flexible and professional.
  • Collaborate effectively with co-workers
  • Ability to build successful relationships with a diverse group of customers providing excellent customer service
  • Working knowledge of Excel
  • Attends to detail, follows work through to completion and meets high work standards

Desired Qualifications*

Experience using MPathways Financials & Physical Resources Systems (or a similar system) and Microsoft Office or Google products.

  • Knowledge of proposal preparation, projection reporting and post-award management.
  • Knowledge of UM financial practices, policies, procedures, and regulations is strongly preferred, especially regarding procurement, sponsored programs, contract administration, and sponsored billing, but not required.
  • Knowledge of eResearch electronic PAF and proposal submission
  • Experience representing unit to both internal and external audiences desired, but not required.

Work Schedule

Flexible Work Arrangements

This position may be eligible for hybrid remote and/or flexible work opportunities at the discretion of the hiring department.  Flexible work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change dependent on the business needs of the hiring department, throughout the course of employment.

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan wants to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.