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Research Development Officer II
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Office of Research
Position Code:   SOR8821A
Status:   Closed
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin on 06/15/19 and continue until the position has been filled
Salary:   $23.95 - $28.75 hourly
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:

Under general supervision the Research Development Officer II is a professional who puts research development theory into practice with an intermediate level of understanding of the professional field. The Research Development Officer will have a direct working relationship with assigned faculty in their pursuit of research funding. Specifically, the RDO assists in identifying proposal opportunities, determining fit between the opportunity and the proposed research, and supports faculty in the development of proposals of moderate scope where analysis of data requires an intermediate understanding of agency regulations. Assists faculty in preparation of non-technical portions of research proposals in compliance with institutional and research sponsor policies. The RDO fully analyzes problems, gathers data and information, and recommends solutions. The RDO interacts with a variety of campus and system-wide offices to facilitate the development of faculty research proposals.

The position requires an ability to analyze, interpret and implement University and extramural funding agency policies and procedures. Must possess a learning orientation to changing technology impacting business processes. Advanced computer and related software skills. e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, database, data query, internet, and research administration software packages.

Qualifications:   • Bachelor’s degree in related area and two years of progressively responsible related experience or equivalent experience/training.

• Advance degree and/or research experience is highly preferred.

• Requires independent judgment and strong organization and communication skills and high-level customer service focus.

• Knowledgeable in applicable federal, state, local, sponsor and institutional regulations, policies, and guidelines.

• Maintain and extend current knowledge with multiple funding sources and sponsor requirements.

• Demonstrated intermediate level understanding of research development principles and research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal extramural research and industry sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.

• Proficiency working with computer and information management systems and excellent, demonstrable computer skills in Excel, database programs, internet searches and web-based research administration and research funding software.

• Ability to manage significant volume of transactions and to juggle multiple tasks.

• Ability to work under pressure and to meet external, hard deadlines.

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

• Ability to facilitate proposal development for individual faculty members and groups of investigators.
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 Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction

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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