Research Administrator Senior


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As the nation's largest public research university, we aim to catalyze, support and safeguard research at the University of Michigan. We are in the top rankings in research volume among U.S. public universities with $1.71B in annual research expenditures and 2.8 million square feet of lab space. We are looking for someone to provide research administration support focused on high-quality customer service and counsel to faculty and staff while being responsible for a broad range of pre- and post-award activities. You will report to the Associate Director for Research Administration within the University's Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and you will have a hybrid schedule.

A full job description is available upon request and will be provided to candidates before interviews.


Why Work at Michigan?


Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

Generous time off

A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

Life insurance

Long-term disability coverage

Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses




  • Manage the submission for complex research grant proposals to private and federal funding agencies. This includes processing all proposal paperwork, working with partners to collect relevant information and ensure submission and approval of proposals within set deadlines.
  • Interpret and communicate sponsor requirements related to proposal materials and awards.
  • Be the liaison between sponsors, internal departments and principal investigators.
  • Review and communicate award terms and conditions including compliance and reporting requirements
  • Reconcile financial account activity including tracking of cost share commitments and effort. Take corrective action as needed. Provide regular reports to principal investigators.
  • In collaboration with our central offices and principal investigators, provide financial and research/program reports to sponsors.
  • Utilize a variety of tools and systems for submission and tracking of grant proposals.
  • Coordinate with our research teams and other partners to process multiple award changes and budget reallocations.
  • Work with diverse teams across a large, decentralized organization keeping a customer-service oriented attitude at the core of your work.
  • Adapt to changes with an eye towards continuous improvement of the submission and grant management processes.


Required Qualifications*


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience
  • 5+ years of progressive grants and contract administration experience including both programmatic and financial elements
  • Applied experience submitting proposals in sponsor systems (Fastlane,, NIH Commons, etc.)
  • Intermediate to expert level proficiency with database administration, reporting tools, Microsoft Office and Google collaboration tools
  • Interest in a multi-faceted work environment that is collaborative, team-oriented and customer-service focused
  • Proficiency in meeting deadlines and managing tasks to completion in a professional manner
  • Experience working independently, exercising professional judgment and using available resources
  • A broad understanding of positive interpersonal relationships principles


Additional Information


Effort:  40 hours (M-F 8-5)


U-M EEO/AA Statement


The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

Contact Information

University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research
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Background Information

4-Year Degree
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  • College/University
  • Research Administrator/Manager
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Security Clearance

Target Job Information

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  • Full Time