College Research Officer

Job description

UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

College Research Officer


UNT-College of Science - Gen-124000

Full Time/Part Time:


Salary Information:

Salary commensurate with experience

Department Summary:

The College of Science (COS) at the University of North Texas consists of the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and the interdisciplinary program Teach North Texas (TNT). COS also serves two universities institutes: the BioDiscovery Institute (BDI) and the Advanced Environmental Research Institute (AERI). COS offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees in science and mathematics, currently serving more than 3,800 majors. Our 125 faculty members are world-class instructors and researchers in science and mathematics. COS faculty and staff strive for excellence, working together to meet research and teaching objectives, as well as providing support for all COS students during their academic careers.

COS Research works collaboratively with the university’s office of Grants & Contracts Administration (GCA) throughout the pre-award and post-award processes. GCA serves as the coordinating department for proposal submissions to external funding entities and administers externally sponsored project awards received by the university.

Position Overview:

This position assists with a variety of tasks related to external funding for research. Post Award- Review and approve all expenditures for external grants and other budget-related tasks as assigned by OGCA (e.g. deficit reports, budget adjustments, etc.). Pre Award- Per Vice President for Research and Innovation guidelines, this position also assists faculty with internal documents for proposal submissions related to external research grants, if the proposal includes cost share, buy-out or release from teaching, new or renovated space, modification of indirect cost or other documents at the special request of a faculty member.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, accounting, finance, auditing, public administration, or related field and five years of relevant administrative work or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Work independently on assigned proposals and awards, but work as part of a team of central and distributed research administrators to support common goals.
• Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong time management and problem solving skills.
• Prior knowledge of pre- or post-award administration regulations and procedures.
• General administrative experience with budgets, purchasing, payroll, travel with specific skill in budget planning, analysis, and reconciliation.
• Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Experience working with University grants.

Work Schedule:

Monday to Friday, 8- 5 PM

Driving University Vehicle:


Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Senior Research Analyst


Monitor proposals in preparation using a sharable spreadsheet or database; Track status of preparation and proactively communicate with faculty regarding completion of proposal components by COS and UNT proposal deadlines


Review proposal budgets for institutional commitments, course buyouts, accurate fringe benefits and salary rates, graduate tuition, and graduate pay rates. Also review roposal components for completeness, and accuracy; give feedback to faculty members


Communicate with the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies regarding cost shares, space issues, course buyout, internal budget modificatrionsand matching funds on external grant proposals.


Develop, prepare and regularly review procedures and best practices for the College of Sciences post-award activities based on agency and federal laws, and work with GCA on audits.


Review Deficit Reports from OGCA and work with researchers or staff to identify causes and resolve them in an appropriate and timely manner.


Keep paper and/or electronic files as required by State retention rules, funding agency rules and audit.


Keep current on job-relevant professional information by attending professional development opportunities which could include internal workshops, exernal opportunities for training, conferences, professional memberships


Prepare Ad hoc reports for Dean/Associate Deans (such as monthly award and proposal reports based on OGCA published data, CAYUSE reports etc.) as needed/requested.


Maintain productive working relationships with pre and post-award staff in the Research office, and within the ADR office


Creation of templates, tools, and workshops for COS faculty; using appropriate software tools.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 9/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time