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Research Liaison

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Job Description:

Research Liaison

Job Category:



School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Position Code:




Closing Date:

Review of applications will begin 11/22/2019 and continue until the position has been filled


$70,000 - $80,000



Background check:

Background check is required


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:

The Research Liaison provides support to SSHA faculty in various capacities to advance faculty scholarship. This includes grant idea development, team formation and coordination for large projects, planning and evaluation, peer review and applicant relations, and interfaces with the Schools DRA to problem solve and track grant applications.

The Research Liaison helps position the school and its faculty for emerging funding opportunities, promotes current research awards, and works to provide consistent support to advance faculty research (e.g., opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultation, and sponsored projects related training). The Research Liaison will be a primary contact for SSHA faculty, the Deans Office, and staff with regard to sources of research support and research PR external/internal to campus. While the Sponsored Projects Office (SPO and the DRA) will continue to lead in pre and post award work, the Research Liaison will serve as a conduit between SSHA faculty and administration, and the campus Sponsored Projects Office from the pre-award through post-award stage.

Essential Duties:
- Develops online resources and databases for research development. Researches potential grant opportunities for SSHA faculty and departments. Conducts pro-active outreach to SSHA research community on strategic extramural funding opportunities. Provides reports on research/grants in SSHA.
- Collaborate on developing resources to streamline proposal development, promoting cross-campus research communications and collaborations, conducting workshops and training, developing research portfolio analytics, and implementing metrics for tracking/optimizing success.
- Coordinate across units and schools to achieve outcomes on behalf of SSHA faculty. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
- Primarily deals with policies, programs and proposals which are complex in nature and diverse in scope. Develops new programs, policies or procedures for possible implementation.


Bachelor's degree in related area and 3 years of directly related experience, or equivalent experience / training.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

Strong skills in analyzing, researching and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals / analyses.

Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.

Strong policy analysis techniques.

Experience coordinating and managing complex proposal submissions.

Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master s Degree or Ph.D.
Knowledge of common organization- or research-specific and other computer application programs.
Research Development proposal writing experiences preferably at an Academic or non-profit institution.

To Apply:

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If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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