Advertised Summary Job Description: Columbia's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scholars across the university and promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science.
The Zuckerman Institute is seeking a uniquely qualified individual to join the Pre-Award and Research Development team. This is a unique opportunity for a candidate with a deep interest in neuroscience research and enthusiasm for working closely with researchers. This position may be especially attractive to recent Ph.D. recipients and postdoctoral researchers interested in transitioning to a research administration career.
Reporting to the Director of Pre-award and Research Development, the Grants Specialist will be responsible for assisting the principal investigators and trainees in the development and submission of grant applications, and with project management for large team research program grants.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: * With the guidance of the Director, the role develops and maintains knowledge and expertise in all aspects of grant development, submission and administration; * Partners with the Director to acquire and maintain knowledge of the Institute and the research priorities of faculty members; seeks and recommends appropriate funding opportunities; * Researches and informs scientific investigators of specific application requirements for varying funding sources and corresponding Columbia University polices; * Prepares and compiles all components of competitive grant submissions ensuring accuracy of all aspects of the proposals, including details, i.e. that they are formatted, assembled, validated and submitted in accordance with granting agency requirements; * Prepares grant budgets and drafts budget justifications based upon investigator input and Funding Opportunity Announcement requirements in compliance with sponsor/donor and Columbia University policies; * Utilizes checklists to manage timelines and the overall progression of submissions to ensure the completion of high quality, compliant proposal applications responsive to specified Funding Opportunity Announcements; escalates issues requiring attention to the Director. * Monitors status of submitted applications; prepares written summary reports of submissions and outcomes capturing important details and timelines for the Director; * Provides direction and support to investigators in responding to Just-In-Time requests from sponsors; * Works closely with the Post-Award Team to ensure proper setup of award budgets, which is critical to the Principal Investigator's strategy for recruiting lab personnel; * Aids principal investigators in the updating of Biosketches, Other Support, Resources, and other grant template documents; updates records accordingly. * Coordinates accurate preparation and timely submission of complex progress reports as required by sponsoring program; * Functions as project manager for large team research program grants by managing team communications, coordinating shared decision making, tracking milestones, and coordinating progress reporting; * Performs other related duties as assigned, including support on special projects, as required.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of two (2) years of experience in an academic grant funded research environment required. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess excellent verbal, analytical, writing, and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects under tight deadlines and maintain required confidentiality. Ability to work as a member of a collaborative team while exercising independent judgment is essential.
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. preferred; background in biological sciences highly desired. Recent Ph.D. recipients and postdoctoral researchers in neuroscience (and related fields) that are interested in transitioning to a career in Research Administration are especially welcome to apply for this position.
Prior experience NIH systems (eRA Commons, ASSIST, RePORTER) and proficiency with Adobe Acrobat Pro preferred.
An interest in neuroscience research and enthusiasm for working closely with investigators preferred.
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