Research Program Officer

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Job location: Medical Center (Charlottesville, VA)

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-01-07
Req: R0001152
The Department of Neurology seeks a Research Program Officer to work with Dr. Pelphrey to promote excellence and growth in autism research. This individual will be the main point of contact for a large study and duties will include: coordinating communication, developing IRB documents and coordinating events to promote outreach and collaboration.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree and at least two years of previous experience in research. A masters degree and previous experience in Autism are preferred.

Research Program Officers serve as key staff members for a research program. They facilitate and coordinate planning and operational activities in support of the program's mission, and often assume responsibility for the implementation of a key initiative. Duties combine administrative responsibilities, research, and program outreach and promotion. They serve as subject matter experts in a relevant field of research. Their work is independent, and they may supervise staff.

This position is restricted and its continuation is contingent upon funding.

This position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please complete an application online and attach a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for 3 references.

  • Collaborate across disciplines and functional areas by building relationships between the research program and its external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with other faculty, researchers, and project partners, to achieve the program's objectives.
  • Assist in curriculum development, workshops, and training. Develop teaching materials, as well as participate in professional conferences.
  • Provide specialized administrative support, such as fundraising or day-to-day administration.
  • Provide public relations support by promoting the accomplishments and developments of scholars and research initiatives.
  • Participate in the program budgeting and accounting processes to ensure a cost-effective execution of deliverables.
  • May participate or assist in primary research, data collection, interviewing, and analysis.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology or related field.
Preferred Education: Master's Degree preferred

Experience: Some up to four years of relevant experience. At least 2 years experience in research development at a research-intensive university is required.

Preferred Experience: Previous experience with Autism is preferred.

Licensure: None.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

--Knowledge of the proposal development and submission process at a university.
--Ability to manage multiple projects with different deadlines.
--Excellent written/verbal communication skills.  
--Demonstrated ability to work independently with strong attention to detail and to work as a member of a team. 
--Strong interpersonal and organization skills.
--Experience working with faculty and students


Required Computer Applications:

--Developing and conducting workshops on funding discovery tools, including Pivot and GrantForward.
--Experience with Microsoft suite, including Word, Excel and Power Point.


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 2/26/2019
Application Due: 4/27/2019
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