Senior Associate, Research Development


Senior Associate, Research Development

We are seeking a collaborative team member to partner with faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin – System Campuses to improve competitive research proposals for obtaining external funding.

The WiSys Senior Associate – Research Development advises faculty and staff on proposal concepts and provides comprehensive editorial review. This position will partner and collaborate with faculty and staff on research development and sponsored programs at the University of Wisconsin – System Campuses. This position works closely with the Research Development Manager and the WiSys team, a diverse team with expertise in academic technology transfer and technology commercialization.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Create, develop and deliver in-person and virtual research development seminars, workshops, and guidance materials to train faculty in grant writing
  • Review and promote funding announcements to faculty and staff
  • Provide comprehensive editorial review on proposals for innovative research and scholarship
  • Facilitate bringing teams of faculty investigators together to pursue multidisciplinary funding opportunities
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Grants and Research Office staff at UW campuses and work collaboratively with the WiSys team

WiSys main office is located in Madison, Wisconsin and we are open to flexible and hybrid work arrangements. This position requires occasional travel to various UW System campuses.


We are seeking candidates with the proven ability to communicate and build rapport with university faculty, staff, and students; experience with and knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of grants, sponsored programs, research administration and development; and strong presentation, training and facilitation skills to interact effectively with diverse audiences. Experience in proposal development at higher education institutions for a variety of federal and/or nonfederal funding agencies is strongly preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required, while an advanced degree or experience with instruction or training is preferred.

To Apply:

If interested in this opportunity submit a resume and cover letter via the link:

The Organization:

WiSys works hand-in-hand with innovators, researchers and students to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, identify, protect, develop and commercialize discoveries emanating from the research base as well as foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking on the campuses it serves. WiSys Research Development provides strategic, capacity-building activities designed to assist faculty and staff from any discipline in their pursuit of external funding to support creative and innovative research and scholarship. WiSys coordinates several annual events geared toward innovation, research, and enhancing the student experience. WiSys also coordinates the WiSys VentureHome® program - a network of startup hubs that bring together statewide resources with community initiatives to provide local entrepreneurs access to a full menu of startup resources in their community. Please visit and to learn more.

Our values are collaboration, client focus, engagement, work-life balance, enthusiasm for innovation & research, and productivity. WiSys supports and promotes a diverse and inclusive work environment and offers competitive salary and benefits. Benefits information can be found here:

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