Research Development Associate

Department: Associate VP for Research Development
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Lakeshore Center (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Research

Department: Vice President For Research

Sub Department: Associate Vice President for Research Development 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

Support, coordinate, and implement activities in partnership with others in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research Development as we work with colleges/schools, departments, research centers/institutes, shared facilities, and individual researchers on activities aimed at the growth and development of externally funded research programs. Envision, lead, coordinate, and implement events and programs in support of research development goals. Collaborate with, advise, and support researchers at all levels in proposal development activities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. In collaboration with the Research Development team, envision, plan, implement, and lead development programs and events for faculty, department chairs and deans, center/institute/shared facility directors, and others seeking external funding for research, graduate student support, equipment, and other sponsored programs.
2. Develop and maintain online resources to assist the Michigan Tech community in finding sources of external funding, pursuing proposal development, and learning about the research environment at Michigan Tech.
3. Work collaboratively with the Research Development team to provide seamless advice, mentoring, and assistance in proposal development to constituents (e.g., faculty, staff, postdocs, administrators) at all career stages pursuing funding from all types of sponsors.
4. Collaborate on writing and/or editing of non-technical sections of proposals (e.g., budget justifications, management plans, institutional background, personnel documents).
5. Interpret and communicate funding agency requirements to help investigators understand and comply with sponsor requirements as part of the proposal development process.
6. Work collaboratively with the Sponsored Programs Office on pre-award activities and proposal submissions.
7. Work collaboratively with Research Development staff to maintain proposal records and electronic files, including administrative leadership for custom relationship management software.
8. Provide administrative coordination for internal research award programs (e.g., Research Excellence Fund), in coordination with other Associate VP for Research Development staff.
9. Coordinate research development marketing programs, including website administration, research story creation and publishing, and other tasks associated with promoting campus research, in coordination with University Marketing and Communications.
10. Occasional travel as needed for professional development and to meet relevant agencies, constituents, and external partners.
11. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
12. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Experience developing high-quality, technical written materials and making presentations that would be suitable for agency, foundation, corporate, and other potential research sponsors.
• Experience using personal computers and data management software.
• Advanced experience in Microsoft Word and Google collaboration tools.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience in proposal development for submission to Federal agencies, foundations, and corporations.
• Experience in graphic design and related software packages.
• Experience in customer relationship management software (e.g., Salesforce).
• Experience with university budget processes.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.
• Excellent planning, scheduling, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
• Exceptional attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of people and developing strong relationships with faculty and program staff.
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Graphic design and/or research visualization

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Contact Information

Michigan Technological University



1400 Townsend Drive
302 Lakeshore Center
Houghton, MI 49931


Background Information

4-Year Degree

  • College/University
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time