Research Administrator

University Research Institutes & Centers Administration (URICA), within the Office for Research, seeks candidates for an additional Research Administrator to join the team enabling leading-edge interdisciplinary research. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with some business or research administrative experience that is looking to explore and advance in this career path. Some of the unique features of this Research Administrator position include:

  • Supporting cross-school interdisciplinary research: provides the opportunity to support research that ranges from proving Einstein’s theory of black-holes and quantum computing materials to new solar energy technologies and the impact of spatial learning on brain development.
  • Team-dynamic and knowledge-base: the URICA team has over 50 years of combined experience in research administration to learn from on a small collaborative team, and thrives upon a collaborative team-environment where everyone learns from one-another.
  • Nearby expertise: Embedded within the Office for Research, URICA’s staff colleagues span all the operational research units and being embedded within the same overarching unit provides additional opportunities to learn-from and network with individuals in these offices that could open up new career path interests and mentors.
  • Variety and challenges: due to the nature of the large-scale and interdisciplinary research, URICA supports a wide-variety of sponsor types and award mechanisms that will provide consistent variety and opportunity to seek new challenges, all within the URICA team-support system
  • Pre-award focus: As a centralized unit that provides pre-award service to multiple URICs, the URICA RA team focuses upon pre-award support and is a great fit for individuals that like to see new research ideas built and advanced to proposals.


Additional summary details are contained below, but for a complete description of responsibilities and qualifications please visit the Northwestern careers site and search for the job ID below:


Job ID: 42515

Location: Evanston, Illinois 

Department: URIC Administration
Salary/Grade: EXS/7

Job Summary:

Provides administrative leadership and intermediate problem solving in support of unit's research programs and mission. May provide sole support to a small to mid-sized unit, or support a portion of activities in a larger unit. May provide lifecycle pre- & post-award research administration ensuring the fulfillment of all grant &/or contract & compliance requirements. Manages overall day-to-day research administration activities & may research & identify funding opportunities & faculty &/or PIs with associated research competencies & interests. Ensures that all activities are completed in compliance with associated local, state, federal & institutional rules & regulations.

University Research Institutes & Centers Administration (URICA), within the Office for Research, seeks candidates for an additional Research Administrator to join the team enabling leading-edge interdisciplinary research. University Research Institutes & Centers (URICs) are a rapidly growing and provide an exceptional opportunity to develop large and complex proposals spanning a vast array of sponsors and mechanisms at the intersections of traditional disciplines. The Research Administrator will join URICA as part of the centralized pre-award support team for proposal submission, and will collaborate with URIC business staff for transitioning award management to individual URICs. The Research Administrator will report to the Sr. Director for URIC Operations & Administration and collaborate closely with, as well as receive mentorship from, the experienced URICA Research Administration team. The ideal candidate will be excited by challenges and puzzles, thrive under deadlines, and have a passion for supporting research to improve the human condition.

The Research Administrator will support the OR mission and values by exhibiting the following: understand empathy, model accountability, ensure fairness, embrace community and value creativity. The incumbent will strive to provide excellent service when performing job responsibilities.

Contact Information

Northwestern University





Background Information

4-Year Degree


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

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

  • Full Time