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Job ID: 208520

Research Administrator I
Tufts University

Date Posted Apr. 5, 2023
Title Research Administrator I
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Friedman School of Nutrition
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Legal Services
    Grant Writer/Technical Writer
    Finance/Investment Management


The Research Administration unit at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is responsible for the full life cycle of quality research administration ranging from proposal development to post award administration, award close-out and award compliance.  The services and resources provided by the unit are geared toward the needs of the research community as well as the requirements of laws and regulations that govern research. 

The Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is the only graduate school of nutrition in North America. The breadth of our programs is unparalleled including cutting-edge research and education from individuals to food systems, and from genetics to policy. This unique breadth and scope make the Friedman School a leading institution for evidence-based nutrition education, research, and public impact.

The Research Administration unit maintains close working relationships with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in order to keep abreast of policies and systems, and ultimately to create and support an environment that promotes research.

What You'll Do

Under general supervision, The Research Administrator is responsible for administering standard portfolio of sponsored awards. Utilizing knowledge of academic area, the position will work with faculty to develop sponsored proposals and to manage post-award compliance activities. The Research Administrator may also assist school management with other assigned program operation functions.

  • Reviews funding proposal opportunity announcement or request for grant proposal to gain understanding of requirements, submission process and sponsor guidelines. Using the Research Administration System, prepares business components of grant application, prepares and routes proposal for internal approval, and submits proposal to the Office of Pre-Award Research Administration for final review and submission to the sponsor.
  • Prepares proposal’s categorized budget and budget justification, confirming accuracy of costs. Verifies that correct facilities and administrative cost rate is applied. Identifies, obtains approval and ensures proper, documented cost share for proposal submission. Develops responses to sponsor requests related to submission, such as revised budget and other support request information.
  • Once grant has been awarded, revises categorized budget as necessary. Provides information for appointment of individuals in compliance with grant provisions. Identifies need for advance accounts and no-cost extensions and takes responsibility for completing associated required internal documentation. Monitors award budget and reports internally on spending
  • Monitors award budget, reviews contract and subcontracted procurement and financial transactions. Works with Principal Investigator (PI), school, department and central administration to determine allowable and allocable project charges. Develops burn-rate analysis and budget projections in Axiom budget system as needed.
  • Prepares timely and accurate grant award reporting and close-out documentation.
  • May assist in School financial management with other assigned program operation functions 

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired by completing Bachelor’s degree and 1-2+ years of research administration experience
  • Knowledge of funding agencies and their programs
  • Knowledge of regulations that govern federal research funding and related areas of regulatory compliance
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Excellent prioritization skills, strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in collegial, supportive manner with faculty and staff
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments with tight, concurrent deadlines and with frequent interruptions
  • Proficient with MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet
  • Proficient with electronic grants management systems (e.g., Grants.Gov Workspace, NIH Assist,, Proposal Central, etc.) and experience with enterprise research administration systems

Pay Range

Minimum $51,400.00, Midpoint $64,250.00, Maximum $77,100.00
Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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