Research Development Officer 3 (Hybrid/Remote)

The Office of Research Development is a central, strategic unit within the Division of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development. The unit provides grantseeking advice and support to faculty across campus in their pursuit of extramural funding, working with investigators to identify targeted grant opportunities that lead
toward the development of competitive research proposals.
The office supports the campus research enterprise through four research development pillars: Strategic Research Advancement; Communication of Research & Research Opportunities; Enhancement of Collaboration and Team Science; and Proposal Development.
The Research Development Officer (RDO) is a critical team member, working with and developing a trusting relationship with faculty members across many disciplines and ranks. The incumbent is a professional who puts research development theory into practice with an intermediate level of understanding of the professional field. The RDO will have a direct working relationship with assigned faculty in their pursuit of research funding. Specifically, the RDO assists in identifying proposal opportunities, determining the fit between the opportunity and the proposed research, and supports faculty in the development of proposals of moderate to high-level scope where analysis of data requires an expert understanding of agency regulations. The RDO interacts with a variety of campus and system-wide offices to facilitate the development of faculty research proposals. The position requires a 'can-do' attitude. The RD team encourages professional development and career growth opportunities.
The position requires an ability to analyze, interpret and implement University and extramural funding agency policies and procedures. Must possess a learning orientation to change technology impacting business processes. Advanced computer and related software skills. e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, databases,
data query, internet, and research administration software packages.
This position is responsible for curating limited submission (LS) opportunities for the campus, identifying best practices for streamlining the LS process, maintaining boilerplate templates, and facilitating special projects/webinars on RD-relevant topics.

Contact Information

University of California, Merced



5200 Lake Road

Merced, CA 95343


Background Information

4-Year Degree

3 years

  • College/University
  • Other
  • Administrator or Administrative

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time