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Associate, Research Development (Multiple Positions)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts

Posting Number: req7259

Department: Research Innovation & Impact

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Research Development Services at the University of Arizona is seeking applicants for Research Development Associates (Research Development Professional IV). The Associate, Research Development position will provide proposal development support for University of Arizona faculty pursuing extramural funding in the biomedical, clinical, or health science areas through strategic proposal consultation with faculty and proposal review for grantsmanship and alignment with the funding solicitation. Proposal support may include work on single- and multi-principal investigator research project grants, facilitating research team interactions and progress for complex program projects grants, as well as support for institutional training and career development award applications.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity with various federal sponsoring agencies (primarily NIH), prior experience in research development related roles, including identifying funding sources and solicitations and proposal development and/or proposal editing or writing, and the ability to review and interpret funding opportunity goals and guidelines to ensure alignment with the sponsor. This role requires an attitude for excellence, a forward-thinking approach to anticipating funding opportunities, excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills, and a collaborative approach to working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and scientific disciplines.

This position is on the Biomedical Team within Research Development Services (RDS) and will report to the Executive Director, Biomedical, Clinical & Health Sciences Research Development.

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

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support faculty in proposal development efforts including identifying funding sources and solicitations, ensuring alignment of proposals with the solicitation and funder's research priorities, editing proposals to improve grantsmanship and ensure sufficient emphasis on scientific rigor and the integration of scientific/technical proposal content, and facilitating research team interactions and progress for large, complex and strategic proposal efforts. In addition to research proposals, support may be required for responses to Requests for Information, Dear Colleague Letters, Letters of Intent, pre-proposals, and white papers, etc., and for consultation on design, graphics, and other illustrative materials during proposal preparation.
  • Develop tools and guidance to support proposal development and conduct workshops and training to assist UA faculty in interpreting funding agency and institutional requirements and in crafting competitive proposals.
  • Coordinate with appropriate central and college-level units across campus in the preparation and submission of proposals to funding solicitations.
  • Support the Executive Director, Biomedical, Clinical & Health Sciences Research Development in the synthesis of strategic goals for pursuing future funding, including identifying areas of existing and emerging strengths in the biomedical, clinical, and health sciences at UArizona, gathering competitive intelligence on sponsors and funding opportunities, and facilitating the formation of proposal teams.
  • Maintain and expand knowledge of and familiarity with federal and non-federal funding opportunities as well as personnel at funding agencies and partners in the biomedical, clinical, and health sciences arenas.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Knowledge of federal research funding mechanisms, particularly the NIH
  • Experience working in an academic or research environment
  • Communications, particularly written communications
  • Experience supporting teams in accomplishing their goals

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience is typically required.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required. Generally requires a Master's degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree preferred
  • If Master's degree, at least 6 years of relevant experience with
    demonstrated progression of duties.
  • If Doctoral degree, at least 3 years of relevant experience.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $75,000 - $100,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research Development

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

Jamie Boehmer

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

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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