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Research Administrator 3
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Office of Research
Position Code:   SOR4692A
Status:   Closed/Cancelled
Closing Date:   07/15/2013
Salary:   $44,500 - $66,100 Annually. Commensurate with experience.
Location:   Merced, Mondo Building
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With close to 6,700 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

The Research Administrator 3 is responsible for providing institutional-level sponsored projects administration services to an academic Schools, academic Institutes, and to non-academic units, including acting as an institutional liaison with extramural sponsors. The duties of this position include: reviewing and endorsing proposals, conducting comprehensive analysis of a variety of awards (e.g., grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, etc.), negotiating and executing agreements with State, Local Governments and Non-profit sponsors, providing advice to faculty and staff regarding critical and/or sensitive sponsored projects issues, interpreting a broad range of sponsor policies, government regulations and award terms and conditions, coordinating and/or approving prior approval request, and facilitating award closeout. The Research Administrator interacts with a variety of campus and systemwide offices to facilitate the management, administration and conduct of sponsored projects.

The Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) unit, through the Office of Research, acts as UCM’s institutional office responsible for reviewing, endorsing, and submitting proposals to extramural sponsors for research, training, instructional and other activities. SPO is responsible for preparing, interpreting, negotiating, and accepting, on behalf of The Regents of the University of California, agreements for projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, corporations, and other public and private sources. In additions, SPO drafts, negotiates and executes sub agreements under UCM’s prime awards, and is responsible for coordinating sub recipient monitoring. Other areas of responsibility include: monitoring and ensuring institutional compliance with government regulations, sponsor policy and University policy; representing the campus and The Regents when liaising with sponsors; coordinating pre-award and post-award actions requiring either institutional or sponsor prior approval; providing advice to faculty and staff regarding the management and administration of sponsored projects, resolving problems and complex issues related to sponsored programs; and drafting, negotiating, and executing various other agreements related to UCM’s prime awards (e.g., data use agreements, collaboration agreements, etc.).

Qualifications:   • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

• Requires independent judgment and strong organization and communication skills and customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas.

• Maintains current knowledge of compliance regulations in all areas of research administration.

• Requires thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.

• Ability to manage significant volume of transactions.

• Thoroughly knowledgeable in applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, et cetera.

• Ability to translate technical/scientific concepts into a fundable proposal.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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