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Specialist, Research Development
University of Nevada, Reno

Date Posted Mar. 20, 2023
Title Specialist, Research Development
University University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV, United States
Department Research & Proposal Development Services
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory
    Grant Writer/Technical Writer

Specialist, Research Development

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for a Research Development Specialist (RDS) to join an energetic and growing team for Research & Proposal Development Services (RPDS) within Research & Innovation (R&I).

The RDS will join a team of professionals working to enhance the competitiveness of the research environment on campus in pursuit of key metrics critical to the University strategic plan. The RPDS teams is responsible for identifying and disseminating funding opportunities, coordinating large multidisciplinary proposals, conducting proposal reviews and editing, organizing research trainings events, and managing faculty honorific awards.

Under the direction of the Director of Research Development, the RDS will support and lead RPDS initiatives in pursuit of R&I goals and objectives. To that end, the RDS will maintain a broad understanding of the research funding landscape, ensure compliance requirements are met for multidisciplinary complex proposals to funding agencies, identify various funding opportunities including federal, business, state, and nonprofit research funding, and organize research training events such as seminars, lightning talks, panels, and discussions. Additionally, the RDS will be responsible for building and managing the honorific faculty award programs and assisting with applicant materials as needed. The RDS will also collect and verify data about faculty productivity and University research metrics to evaluate university success.

The RDS is expected to be a strong team player who works collaboratively when appropriate and independently as needed. The position requires a high amount of self-motivation and drive to meet expectations. RPDS is excited to welcome another member to complement its team of professionals who are committed to enhancing the University of Nevada's research competitiveness and achieving key metrics critical to our Strategic Plan.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and two years of related work experience; OR a master's degree and one year of related work experience.

Related Experience: research development or sponsored activities in a university setting or academic environment.

Compensation Grade


To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Information

Research & Innovation focuses on enhancing the research enterprise by supporting collaboration and innovation. The Research & Proposal Development Services team within the division works to strategically advance research and grant-supported activities, promotes funding opportunities, enhances collaboration, and supports the production of research proposals.

Contact Information

Search Chair- Carrie Busha,

Search Coordinator- Alicia Mountjoy Reif,


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Please attach the following documents to your application:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter, up to one page, that illustrates your understanding of Research Development and your potential contributions to the Research & Proposal Development Services team at the University of Nevada, Reno.

3) Contact information for three professional references

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

This posting is open until filled:

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevadas land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a "Top Tier" Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a persons age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.



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