Research Administrator (3 Positions)
Company: University of California - Merced
Posted on: February 3, 2020
Research Administrator (3 Positions)
Office of Research
Review of applications will begin 01/17/20 and continue until the
position has been filled
Commensurate with education and experience
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 Department Research Administrator uses skills as a seasoned,
experienced research administrator to independently develop and /
or oversee research proposals, awards, and / or transactions
related to contract and grant management and maintains contract and
grant records in compliance with institutional research sponsor
policies. Works on proposals and awards of diverse scope where
analysis of data requires thorough understanding of complex
regulations. Completes and approves transactions for signature by
manager or other authorized institutional official. Works on
complex proposals and awards that may involve multiple
investigators and / or multiple sub awards. This position will also
help guide less experienced staff.
- Provides post-award financial administration and management for
research funds in accordance with campus policy and agency
requirements. Monitors and administers post-award sub-recipient.
Conducts financial analysis and projections. Applies professional
knowledge / experience to prepare, review, and / or approve
financial transactions. Independently gathers information as needed
to perform financial analysis.
- Oversees the pre-award process from preparing proposal through
submission to the Sponsored Projects Office. Serves as primary
faculty liaison, assists PI with the development of contract and
grant proposals. Prepares proposal budgets and support documents
that are required by proposal guidelines. Applies contracts and
grants concepts to review complex grant or contract proposals and
obtain / verify necessary compliance approvals and recommend /
negotiate needed changes to proposals with PIs. Researches,
develops and implements new research initiatives.
*Note: The level determined to be hired for this position will be
based on qualifications.
Level 2 salary range: $47,000 - $57,000
Level 3 salary range: $61,000 - $71,000
Level 2 Requirements:
Bachelor s degree in related area and 1 year of directly related
experience, or the equivalent combination of education and
Experience with proposal submission to external sponsors.
Ability to exercise independent judgement to resolve complex
problems and issues
Strong organization, interpersonal, and communications skills.
Commitment to a customer service focus.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing deadlines and manage
significant volumes of information and transactions
Interest in and commitment to learning new skills and acquiring new
High degree of professionalism and a demonstrated ability to work
as part of a team
Experience in above at a University of California campus,
Level 3 Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in related area and 3 years of related experience
or 7 years equivalent experience / training.
Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of
Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and
educational activities, preferably in a university environment.
Thorough knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to
use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of
interest, biosafety, etc.
Ability to manage significant volume of transactions.
Ability to perform complex financial analysis and customized
Demonstrated competence in the use of spreadsheet and database
software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial
Ability to maintain independent judgment; strong organization and
communication skills; and a customer service focus across broad and
diverse subject areas.
Maintains current knowledge of compliance regulations in all areas
of research administration.
Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and
Demonstrated knowledge of effective grant funding processes,
procedures and techniques.
Strong writing skills in a variety of styles to draft persuasive
text for a variety of audiences while ensuring adherence to funding
Click on the link below to use our new on-line application
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
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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Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify,
an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland
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Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment
eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to
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