Research Administrator I

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Position Summary

  • Assist with the administration, monitoring, and financial management of research projects in accordance with applicable federal, state, university and laboratory policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Review documentation supporting expenditures to assure cost is allowable, appropriate, and properly allocated
  • Interpret, analyze, audit, and report on project data and cost accounting actuals
  • Assist with post-award administration of grants and contracts
  • Review and audit project financial reports against the University’s financial reporting systems
  • Monitor project ongoing financials and budgets for accuracy; advise on ongoing stewardship of research funds
  • Audit e-docs for regulation compliance, completeness, accuracy, and validity
  • Monitor contract and agreement status
  • Assist in developing and implementing policies and procedures  
  • Manage multiple assignments; deliver quality analysis under time constrained deadlines
  • Produce quality work independently and present and report findings
  • Provide assistance with project account closeout activities; helps develop final reports and assists with analysis of project logistics as required 
  • Oversee special research projects as assigned
  • Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

    Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Business Administration, Finance, or a research-related field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in research administration in one or more of the research process areas of pre or post award processes, such as regulatory administration; experience in word processing, spreadsheet and database software; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. The job also requires: completion of Essentials of Research Administration at MSU certificate series or equivalent within 1 year of hire.

    Desired Qualifications
  • Knowledge of Michigan State University policies and practices
  • Good customer relations/service skills; Established problem solving skills
  • Expert-level knowledge of all Microsoft Office products
  • Understanding of federal regulations and the Federal Cost Policy with the ability to give guidance to laboratory employees on what is allowable
  • Research administration experience (DOE/NSF)
  • Experience with ERP systems (like EBS and IFS)  
  • Technical aptitude to pick up new software with limited support and training
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and deliver high quality support to the team in a timely manner
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Required Application Materials

    cover letter and resume

    Special Instructions

    Please submit cover letter and resume

    Work Hours

    STANDARD 8-5

    (Bidding Eligibility ends 1/2/2018 at 11:55 PM)




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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/20/2017
    Application Due: 3/14/2018
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