Research Program Manager, CIBS

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UAHS Brain Science

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University of Arizona Health Sciences


UAHS-Tucson, Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Center for Innovation in Brain Science (CIBS) is an exciting research nexus at the University of Arizona cultivating collaborations and providing expertise in the area of translational neuroscience. The Faculty in CIBS conduct cutting-edge research primarily related to four specific age-related neurodegenerative disorders – Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.The Center for Innovation in Brain Science (CIBS) is seeking a highly motivated Research Development Administrator to oversee the development, preparation, and submission of grant applications and provide project management of extramural funding from private, federal, and state sources. Incumbent will also independently and collaboratively coordinate the Center's T32 and R25 training programs as well as provide administrative and logistical support to undergraduate and graduate students at the Center. The successful candidate will have strong grant development, project management and writing skills.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Pre-Award Support

  • Generate non-scientific components of grants (e.g. descriptions of facilities, equipment, research environment).
  • Assist with writing, editing, and proofreading grant applications.
  • Proofread and update NIH / DOD biosketches.
  • Work in collaboration with SVPHS Research Administration and CIBS Business Office on the development of budget sections.
  • Create templates for non-federal grant applications.


  • Identify new and potential grant opportunities and ensure that the funding opportunities are provided to relevant faculty, trainees and teams.
  • Collaborate with Director of Communications on UA Foundation grant opportunities within CIBS focus areas.
  • Develops and monitors project plans including timelines, resource requirements, and budgets.
  • Serves as a contact for internal and/or external stakeholders to coordinate activities, exchange information, deliver reports, etc.
  • Work closely with SVPHS Research Administration for timely submission of all grant related documents.
  • Ensure that all grant sections are compliant with funding agency requirements.

Post-Award Support

  • Assist the Principal Investigator to ensure all milestone for study projects are achieved. Creates project plans, timelines to manage the study projects.
  • Organize and manage grant applications and progress report submissions in collaboration with UAHS Research Administration Office.
  • Collaborate with Principal Investigator in writing, editing, and proof-reading progress reports.
  • Assist PIs with annual RPPRs including summarizing/organizing data, working with trainees on progress reports, and coordination with Research Administration and CIBS Business office for submission.

Data Analysis & Management

  • Generate and maintain data sets required for grant progress reports (grant related publications, milestones, presentations and other relevant information).
  • Conduct internal and external competitive analysis to quantify research productivity and impact.
  • Compiles and analyzes data related to training program administration.
  • Compiles and analyzes metrics on grant productivity, faculty publications.

Training Grant Management

  • Management of Center's training programs including recruitment, appointment, and curriculum support.
  • Coordinates with CIBS Administration, Business Office, and Communications on training grant related activities include stipend disbursement, and seminar series development.
  • Process online actions for curriculum and course modifications, new courses, and related actions.
  • Works with CIBS Communications on development of recruiting materials and content.
  • Able to connect activities and outputs of training grant programs into larger strategic vision of CIBS.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required. OR Master's Degree preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to articulate compelling and impactful science. *Demonstrated ability to interact professionally and effectively with investigators, sponsors, and cross-functional teams.
• Proficient with MS office (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), MS Windows, audio/video equipment, and online collaboration tools (e.g., Google Docs, Dropbox, OneDrive). *Works well under compressed deadlines.*Willingness to adjust schedule to work weekend and evening hours when necessary.*Experience in the development of new grant applications. *Experience with NIH, DOD grant applications.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$68,801 - $99,380

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Job Family:

Research Program Admin

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Laura deSteiguer |[email protected] | 520-626-3211

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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