Full time; Career  Starting Salary Range: $75,000-$90,000/annually.Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial Review Date: 10-15-2019
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The Research Development (RD) Specialist participates in research development activities conducted by the UCSC's Office of Research in support of research in the Physical Sciences. Research Development Specialists help position UCSC for emerging funding opportunities, and work as part of a team to provide consistent support for UCSC researchers (e.g. opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, coaching/mentoring, and early career training/outreach, etc.). Research Development Specialists serve as liaisons to UCSC's academic divisions: this position in particular is for supporting physical sciences, such as physics, materials science, earth and marine science, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy and others, mostly in the Division of Physical Sciences. The ideal candidate will have a strong research background, fluency, and enthusiasm for research development, and detailed knowledge of the academic funding enterprise. Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, self-motivated individuals with excellent skills in project management, grant and technical writing, data analytics and visualization, and document production. Expertise in developing and maintaining online resources and data management is also sought. Specialists should have an advanced degree (or equivalent experience/training) and direct experience in writing competitive research proposals relevant to the scope of the UCSC research portfolio.
Research Development encompasses a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. Research Development professionals initiate and nurture critical partnerships and alliances throughout the institutional research enterprise and between institutions-and with their external stakeholders. With the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research and facilitating research excellence, Research Development professionals build and implement strategic services and collaborative resources that span across disciplinary and administrative barriers within their organizations and beyond. Research Development includes a broad spectrum of activities including funding opportunity identification and targeted dissemination; grant/contract proposal development; research team building; interaction with funding agencies and institutional research administration and leadership; interaction with institutional federal relations; and outreach activities and training.
The mission of UCSC's Office of Research Development is to catalyze the UCSC research enterprise with an emphasis on responsiveness to research opportunities, emerging opportunities, and providing consistent support for UCSC researchers (e.g. opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, coaching/mentoring, and early career training/outreach, etc.). ORD staff collaborate on developing resources to streamline proposal development, promoting cross-campus research communications and collaborations, helping to facilitate collaborations with other institutions, conduction workshops, and training, developing research portfolio analytics, and implementing metrics for tracking/optimizing success. ORD staff work directly with UCSC Office.
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.
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