Research Development Specialist

Employer
University of California, Santa Cruz
Location
Santa Cruz
Salary
See job description.
Closing date
May 27, 2022

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Discipline
Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type
Academia

 


Research Development Specialist

 

 

 


Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 34718

JOB POSTING

NOTIFICATIONS

This position may be considered for hybrid work, subject to the terms of a telecommuting agreement and dependent on the needs of the research community, with the potential requirement to come to campus for some meetings or events. While telecommuting/remote working, the employee is responsible for ensuring a worksite environment suitable for accomplishing their regular job duties during scheduled hours of work and, if applicable, arranging for dependent care just as they would if they were working in person at a UCSC worksite.

UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.

 

INITIAL REVIEW DATE (IRD)

UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The IRD for this job is: 05-16-2022

 

ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.

 

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

Part of the Office of Research, UCSC's Office of Research Development (RD) is a small, service-oriented team that works collaboratively with internal and external partners to advance the UCSC research enterprise through increased funding, visibility, and engagement. RD professionals help individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and administrators attract extramural research funding, build relationships, and develop and implement strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. Specifically, RD staff support researchers across UCSC in developing concepts, funding strategies, and teams; identifying and evaluating funding opportunities; and preparing competitive proposals. The RD team works together to promote cross-campus research communications; facilitates collaborations; conducts workshops and training; and develops resources to streamline proposal development. Additionally, the Office of Research Development supports initiatives such as seed funding, symposia, program officer visits, and structured programs focused on high-priority opportunities.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Research Development Specialist will support faculty pursuing grants in the biomedical sciences. Biomedical science at UCSC spans two academic divisions: Physical and Biological Sciences and Baskin Engineering. The Research Development Specialist serves as a liaison to both divisions.

Support for biomedical researchers will reflect divisional and departmental priorities and may include direct outreach to individuals, teams, and divisional leadership; portfolio analyses; opportunity scouting and evaluation; assistance with strategy development and teaming; and training on various aspects of finding and securing funding, including grant writing. Proposal support may include assisting with proposal planning, coordination, and management; advising on concept and structure; contributing to non-research components such as broader impacts and management plans; editing proposal documents; and reviewing proposal packages for clarity, consistency, accuracy, and competetiveness. Depending on the scope and context of extramural funding opportunities, Research Development Specialists may collaborate to support large cross-divisional or multi-institutional initiatives, or training and education grants. Research Development Specialists work as part of a team to provide consistent support for UCSC researchers across divisions and are expected to contribute to campus-wide RD programs, resource and process development, and strategic planning. The Specialist may be asked to lead specific programs relevant to their domain, interests, and skills.

 

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

Salary Information: Salary Range: $80,000 - $90,000/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

 

 

  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day


Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus - Kerr Hall

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 008826 (RSCH GNT PRG OFCR 3)

Travel:  Never or Rarely

 

JOB DUTIES

50% -

 

 

  • Provides coordinated, hands-on support to the UCSC research community in developing and submitting competitive extramural research proposals. This may include, for example, helping Principal Investigators (PIs) plan and manage proposals; refine concepts and strategies; connect with potential collaborators or support units; facilitate outside reviews; shape and edit proposal narratives; and review supporting documents to ensure a complete, compelling, and cohesive proposal package.


10% -

 

 

  • Provides general consultative support to the research community outside the development of specific proposals. This may include, for example, opportunity evaluation; positioning and long-term strategy development; team building; and discussions of funding trends, sponsor priorities, proposal processes, and sponsor requirements.


10% - 

 

 

  • Helps develop and implement workshops and training activities, networking events, write-a-thons, structured support programs, and other outreach and capacity-building activities.


10% -

 

 

  • Conducts proactive outreach to UCSC's research community on strategic extramural funding opportunities. 


5% -

 

 

  • Works with team members and other support units to develop and maintain processes, resources, repositories, and dissemination mechanisms relevant to proposal development and outreach.


5% -

 

 

  • Contributes to RD unit planning, team learning, communication, and reporting.


5% -

 

 

  • Maintains currency in disciplinary and research development fields through professional development activities such as webinars, workshops, research, conferences, and publishing.


5% -

 

 

  • Other duties as assigned.


 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

 

  • Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience and/or training.
  • Academic background and experience in related area of research.
  • Experience conducting a range of research development activities, preferably at an academic or non-profit institution.
  • Experience writing successful research proposals.
  • Excellent skills in grant and technical writing.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to synthesize complex information and creatively solve problems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Well-organized, with the ability to work independently, effectively set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt the presentation of information for different audiences and requirements.
  • Familiarity with the National Institutes of Health programs and funding mechanisms.


 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

 

  • PhD in related area.
  • Experience facilitating workshops or trainings.
  • Experience developing and maintaining online resources and tools.
  • Experience creating effective charts and visualizations.
  • Knowledge of the academic research environment.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of research sponsors and funding mechanisms.
  • Familiarity with federal sponsor policies.
  • Familiarity with UC policies related to sponsored projects.


 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

 

 

  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • This position may be considered for hybrid work, subject to the terms of a telecommuting agreement and dependent on the needs of the research community, with the potential requirement to come to campus for some meetings or events. While telecommuting/remote working, the employee is responsible for ensuring a worksite environment suitable for accomplishing their regular job duties during scheduled hours of work and, if applicable, arranging for dependent care just as they would if they were working in person at a UCSC worksite.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.


 

SAFETY STATEMENT

All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Attach your resume and cover letter when applying for this job opening. Do not attach any documents to 'My Activities'. Visit our How to Apply tutorial for detailed instructions on our applicant process.

 

EEO/AA

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.



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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.





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