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Job ID: 185657

Sr Research Administrator
Tufts University

Date Posted May 13, 2022
Title Sr Research Administrator
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department The Trustees of Tufts College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory


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

Responsible for administering varied portfolio of relatively complex sponsored awards. Utilizing research administration knowledge, works with faculty to develop sponsored proposals and to manage post- award compliance activities. Consults with faculty and staff in interpreting intricate sponsor rules and regulations, defines administrative strategy and executes the proposal development work plan to increase the number of proposal submitted to external sponsors, assists faculty and staff in navigating new research administration tools and systems, identifying, proposing solutions and working toward resolutions related to complex pre/post-award matters.

What We're Looking For

Minimum Required Experience, Education, Background, And Certifications/Licenses

·       The following required knowledge and skills as typically acquired by       completing Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

·       5+ 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 and leadership 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,, NSF Fastlane, Proposal Central, etc.) and experience with enterprise research administration systems

Additional Preferred Experience, Education, etc.

·       Designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA), Certified Pre-Award Administrator (CPRA), or Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA)

·       Experience with Kuali Coeus


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.


Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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