Research Accountant


Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, Division of Research Administration (DRA) is seeking to hire a Research Accountant.  The principle responsibilities of a Research Accountant are as follows:

  • Provide accurate and timely financial reports and invoices to sponsors.
  • Ensure the rapid collection of all monies owed to the University under these awards.
  • Provide regulatory guidance to faculty, department heads, and departmental accounting staff.
  • Provide training to university personnel on accounting procedures for sponsored projects.
  • Review grant and contract activity to ensure financial compliance.

This position is part of a departmental career path program.  Job level and salary is based on prior related experience.

As part of our commitment to supporting a culture of work-life balance, we offer remote work options.

Additional information regarding the department may be viewed   

Basic Requirements:   

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree with minimum of six hours of accredited college accounting courses.

Experience:  Three years of professional accounting-related experience.

Knowledge of research administration issues including financial management and the ability to interpret and communicate federal, state, and local laws and regulations relevant to research administration operations, policies, and procedures;
Ability to communicate effectively, including active listening skills, plus the ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, administrators, and other stakeholders;
Ability to prioritize and manage a high-volume of complex projects simultaneously to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
Ability to be detail-oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills;
Ability to provide excellent customer service with a commitment to exceptional quality;
Ability to think analytically, quantitatively, creatively, and strategically;
Be an independent thinker with professional skepticism;
Team player who works well collectively and collaboratively with colleagues to achieve common goals; Knowledge of Microsoft Office

Preferred Experience:  
Knowledge of UT fiscal, human resource and research policies; Knowledge of Uniform Guidance, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and granting agency requirements; Knowledge of SAP and/or Cayuse

Individuals interested in applying should submit their cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required minimum qualification, resume, and complete contact information for three professional references.

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4-Year Degree
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  • Finance, Operations
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  • Full Time