Sponsored Research Analyst III

Van Andel Institute is a leading independent biomedical research facility dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases, and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute is home to more than 400 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

VAI is experiencing exciting growth. Within the past 12 months VAI has had six new faculty joining and launching new research labs at our facility. With this growth comes the need to expand our Office of Sponsored Research.  VAI is currently hiring a Sponsored Research Analyst III.  In this position you will be responsible for providing cradle-to-grave administration of a complex and advanced sponsored research portfolio for interdisciplinary researchers and labs. In this role you will be expected to have a deep and nuanced understanding of sponsored research. 

Your key responsibilities:

  • Serve as the initial point-of-contact for assigned investigators and labs on all sponsored project related matters
  • Work closely with investigators to develop and prepare budget and administrative sections of proposals, and review awards and other agreements for compliance issues
  • Process actions related to proposal submission and award activity to ensure accurate and timely administration of sponsored projects, and that actions are consistent with applicable laws, regulations, sponsor requirements and Institute policies and procedures
  • Partner with sponsors to facilitate the exchange of information and resolve problems
  • Manage project sub-awards as needed
  • Assist investigators with the identification of external funding sources for sponsored research activities
  • Train and provide instruction for other department staff. This may include supervisory responsibilities.

You should possess the following characteristics/traits:

  • Outstanding customer support, poise, tact and diplomacy
  • Meticulously detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Advanced leadership and training skills
  • Capable of working independently and a commitment to being part of a team
  • Flexible and adaptable in a continuously evolving operational environment
  • Eager to continue growing, learning and developing professionally

To be a successful member of our team, we will measure performance in the following areas:

  • Customer satisfaction and collaboration – you embrace a philosophy that everyone is a customer, including peers and teammates
  • Initiative and ownership – you are a self-starter and are responsible for the quality and accuracy of your work, including training of others in your department
  • Problem solving and resourcefulness – you demonstrate creative critical thinking and exercise good judgement and intuition
  • Timeliness – you thrive in a deadline-driven environment

The experience/skills you should have: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • 8+ years experience in sponsored research administration or a related business field with preference for experience in an academic or biomedical research environment
  • Experience managing complex sponsored projects working within the Uniform Guidance, Federal Acquisition Regulations, NIH policies and procedures, and other regulations governing sponsored project administration
  • Independently able to identify problems and raise questions within a complex regulatory environment
  • Sub-recipient monitoring on sponsored projects
  • Training or mentoring experience
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills

What you’ll like most about working at Van Andel Institute:

  • Your work will make a difference in the future of human health and science education
  • You will be surrounded by driven, hardworking scientists and professionals
  • New opportunities and challenges are always arising
  • The Institute and department offer several fun, team-building events, creating a community
  • The opportunity to learn new perspectives and share yours in a diverse, collaborative environment

*** VAI is also seeking to hire a Sponsored Research Analyst I if you do not meet the criteria for the level III position and are still interested in this opportunity with VAI. 

Compensation and Benefits

The competitive salary you can expect as a Sponsored Research Analyst III will be based on your experience and skills.  We are targeting $85k-$95k.

All full-time employees of Van Andel Institute are eligible for benefits, effective day one!

Your next steps

This is just a quick preview of the role. If you are a person who has demonstrated success in these areas, we would love to have a conversation with you! We encourage you to Apply Today!

To apply please submit the following as a single PDF document with your online application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Please include a Cover Letter outlining why you are interested in this role and how this position aligns with your goals.
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references

This position will be open until filled and will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Natalie Rinaldi at Natalie.Rinaldi@vai.org 

At Van Andel Institute, the health and safety of our people is our number one priority. As a condition of employment at Van Andel Institute, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered.

As Van Andel Institute is a drug and alcohol free employer, all prospective new employees undergo a urinalysis/drug test as part of our pre-employment process. Prospective employees will also undergo a background check (criminal history and misconduct, employment and degree verification).

 VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. 

About Grand Rapids, MI 

Van Andel Research Institute is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI which is the second-largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. Grand Rapids offers a remarkable combination of cosmopolitan atmosphere and small-town warmth, known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community, and is ranked one of "America's Top 100 Places to Live."

Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement you would expect from a million-resident metropolis, featuring hundreds of restaurants and nightspots, theaters, museums, sports and concerts. The safe and clean downtown is surrounded by an eclectic mix of walkable neighborhoods. 

With a medical and life sciences industry boom, strong entrepreneurial activity, dedication to green building and living, and innovative employers, Grand Rapids' diverse economy continues to grow, offering endless career opportunities.

Contact Information

Van Andel Institute



333 Bostwick Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • Non-Profit
  • Department Administrator
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time