Saturday , September 30 2023

UBC Employment – Research Development Associate

Website The University of British Columbia

Job Description:

This position is in the Faculty of Applied Science (APSC) Dean’s office, within the Research and Partnerships (R&P) portfolio, on the APSC Research Development Team. This position is responsible for planning, executing and communicating the research funding support processes available to APSC faculty members through the portfolio, specifically targeting partnered and international grants. Support processes include identifying and disseminating appropriate funding opportunities, early-stage proposal development, proposal editing and review, resource development (i.e., templates, playbooks) and providing funding-related trainings (i.e., workshops, information sessions). This role will involve working with APSC researchers, grants and business development staff, as well as other internal/external stakeholders to provide services to increase faculty members’ ability to secure grant funding from government and other funding sources. A key component of this role will be to lead support for partnered grants including NSERC Alliance (including the new International stream), WD, NRCan, InnovateBC, etc. This role will include identifying interdisciplinary research synergies, matching funding opportunities to faculty needs, and working with teams of researchers and other stakeholders to submit highly competitive funding proposals to these opportunities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plans, develops, manages and provides authoritative information and support on research funding opportunities to APSC researchers, administrative staff, and other stakeholders, particularly pertaining to industry and partnered opportunities.
  • Sets priorities and goals for each funding opportunity and establishes support processes for them.
  • Leads and manages the delivery of support programs (e.g., program outreach, project & proposal development, proposal review, resource development), primarily for opportunities pertaining to key partnered grants (Alliance, WD, NRCan, etc.), but also supporting others as required (i.e. RTI, CFI, CERC).
  • Identifies funding mechanisms to establish/propel large-scale national and international strategic partnerships.
  • Independently and proactively identifies funding mechanisms and opportunities offered by national and international authorities and provides support to APSC teams in the development of highly competitive applications to these programs.
  • Working with APSC Partnership Development staff, identifies research synergies and potential funding mechanisms for external partnerships, and recommends these to UBC researchers and their partners.
  • This will include staying abreast of current funding opportunities, informing faculty of such opportunities and the support available for them, as well as maintaining close, collaborative relationships with funders and funding agencies.
  • This may also include accompanying Partnership Development staff to researcher-partner meetings to provide funding expertise. Plans, manages and facilitates the delivery of educational programs (e.g., information sessions, strategic grant writing seminars, training workshops) for a number of funding competitions. Develops resources for supported grants (e.g., playbooks, templates, tipsheets) for both researchers and prospective partners.
  • Liaises with Program/Agency staff in Canada and abroad to remain up to date on potential upcoming opportunities.
  • Manages and administrates APSC internal programs including the Research Leadership Program, supports others as required.
  • Advises researchers in APSC at all UBC campuses (e.g., Point Grey, Okanagan School of Engineering, Academic Hospital sites) on the review process and funding requirements for targeted grants.
  • Provides one-on-one consultations to faculty and associated teams in APSC, with the aim of improving the strength and competitiveness of funding proposals. Performs other duties as required.

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to identify common research interests and potential synergies, and engage multiple internal stakeholders to build strong research teams and strengthened research funding applications
  • Ability to read difficult or complicated text analytically and critically
  • Experience in an industrial environment, particularly in a STEM field, is a significant asset
  • Experience in a Canadian or International University setting, particularly in a research administration role, is a significant asset
  • Ability to take the lead on new projects, and to work effectively both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities and to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with groups and individuals such as senior level academics, researchers, UBC administration, funding agencies, external stakeholders and partners
  • Ability to give effective presentations
  • Experience with international funding programs (e.g., EU Horizons Programs), is an asset
  • For research work, a post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation with a minimum of four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Otherwise, an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is required with a minimum of six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Ability to effectively use office software at an intermediate level (e.g., Outlook, MS Office, MS Teams)
  • Knowledge of business/partnership development best practices is an asset

Job Details:

Company: The University of British Columbia

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Application Deadline: N/A

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