Research Development Specialist

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Santa Cruz, BAJA CALIFORNIA
Deadline: 27 Apr 2019

Research Development Specialist

Research Development

Job #: 1908666

Full-Time; Career

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UC Santa Cruz strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.

Involves oversight and coordination of research grant programs, including program development, planning and evaluation, peer review and applicant relations, grant application and award management, and synthesis and dissemination of research findings in Environmental Science-related research.

This Research Development (RD) Specialist participates in research development activities conducted by the UC Santa Cruz's Office of Research in the general domain of Environmental research. Research Development Specialists help position UC Santa Cruz for emerging funding opportunities, and work as part of a team to provide consistent support for UC Santa Cruz researchers (e.g. opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, coaching/mentoring, and early career training/outreach, etc.). UC Santa Cruz's research development activities include complex large-scale multidisciplinary/multi-institutional initiatives, strategic opportunities, training grants, and discipline-specific extramural funding opportunities. Research Development Specialists serve as liaisons to UC Santa Cruz's academic Divisions: this position is focused on the Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci) and Social Sciences (SocSci) Division. There is an expectation for collaboration across Divisions, depending on the scope and context of extramural funding opportunities. Division-specific activities will reflect divisional priorities and scope and may include outreach to divisional faculty, scouting of extramural opportunities relevant to divisional faculty, proposal planning and coordination, and representing the division in ORD meetings and strategic planning. The Specialist may develop specific expertise in opportunity management or aspects of proposal production including planning, management plans, broader impacts, and communications. The ideal candidate will have a strong research background, fluency and enthusiasm for research development, and detailed knowledge of the academic funding enterprise. Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, self­-motivated individuals with excellent skills in project management, grant and technical writing, data analytics and visualization, and document production. Expertise in developing and maintaining on-line resources and data management is also sought. Specialists should have an advanced degree (or equivalent experience/training) and direct experience in writing competitive research proposals relevant to the scope of the UC Santa Cruz research portfolio.

The mission of UC Santa Cruz's Office of Research Development is to catalyze the UC Santa Cruz research enterprise with an emphasis on responsiveness to research opportunities, emerging opportunities, and providing consistent support for UC Santa Cruz researchers (e.g. opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, coaching/mentoring, and early career training/outreach, etc.). ORD staff collaborate on developing resources to streamline proposal development, promoting cross-campus research communications and collaborations, helping to facilitate collaborations with other institutions, conducting workshops and training, developing research portfolio analytics, and implementing metrics for tracking/optimizing success. ORD staff work directly with UC Santa Cruz's Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) to enhance the quality, timeliness, and competitiveness of UC Santa Cruz's submittals.

Fulfills primary responsibility for a specific area of research within a broader research grant program initiative.

Qualifications include:

PhD in relevant field (which includes Environmental Sciences/Studies, Earth Sciences, Oceanography/Marine Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology, Ecology, and Geography) and/or equivalent combination of experience/training.

Academic background and experience in selected area of research required.

Research Development proposal writing experiences preferably at an Academic or non-profit institution.

Experience coordinating and managing complex proposal submissions.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

This position requires passing a pre-employment criminal history background check. Selected candidates cannot begin work until passing their background check. Please note: Time required to complete this process may vary and can be lengthy.

Position is open until filled. Initial Review Date: 04-14-2019


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