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Research Development Associate

Position overview

Position title: Research Development Associate
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: May 4, 2022
Position duration: One year. Subject to renewal based on performance.

Application Window

Open date: April 5th, 2022

Most recent review date: Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Research Development Division in the Office of Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) seeks to hire two Research Development Associates; one focused on Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education (HASSE), and the other focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The Research Development team works collaboratively to design and implement a range of strategic planning and professional development interventions across the faculty career lifecycle.

UCSB is ranked 5th among US public colleges and universities, and we are the first member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) to become a Minority-Serving Institution in 2015. We are world-renowned for interdisciplinary collaborative research with far reaching impacts for society, technology, the environment, and humanity. One of the ten campuses of the University of California system, we have forged strong networks with our fellow RD professionals in the UC system and across California, enabling you to join a supportive environment of diverse colleagues and peer mentors.

General Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Development Associate has responsibility for facilitating excellence in research funding proposals at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) by supporting a program of research development for departments and faculty.

With general supervision from the respective Director of Research Development, the ADRD will be responsible for:

Assisting faculty with Proposal Strategies and Development

  • Identifying and circulating suitable funding opportunities that match the research agendas of faculty in HASSE/STEM disciplines at UCSB.
  • Reviewing sponsor agency websites, guidelines, and requests for proposals (RFPs) to assess fit with faculty research projects.
  • Meeting with faculty to discuss potential funding opportunity targets.
  • Providing iterative detailed critical feedback on proposal narratives and other strategic parts of funding applications to increase the competitiveness of proposals, including: conceptual development, fit with agency mission, responsiveness to the RFP, strategic framing and presentation, style, and clarity.

Providing Ongoing Research-Related Professional Development and Training for Faculty

  • Participating in the design and conduct of proposal and career development workshops and other interventions with HASSE/STEM faculty.
  • Using evidence-based knowledge, best practices, and metrics to assess, evaluate, and improve research development and faculty professional development programs.

Coordinating and Collaborating with Internal and External Constituencies

  • Maintaining a detailed knowledge of UCSB faculty research interests, strengths, and areas of interdisciplinary expertise.
  • Liaising with directors of research centers to assist with developing interdisciplinary research proposals and coordinating proposal submission.
  • Liaising with directors and staff in UCSB’s contracts and grants units, to ensure that proposals are submitted in compliance with university policies and in a timely manner.
  • Liaising with foundation relations to coordinate competitive proposals to foundations that fund HASSE and STEM research.
  • Maintaining communication with UC system-wide funding programs, federal funding agencies, and private foundation funders to anticipate and inform UCSB about current and future funding opportunities.
  • Participating in regional and national professional organizations related to research development and HASSE/STEM disciplines to stay current with research development best practices and trends in scholarship and funding, and potentially contribute to the research development profession through publications and presentations about research development.

The Department/Division is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service, as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Master's degree in a HASSE or STEM related field and at least one year of research experience required.
Preferred qualifications
  • PhD or equivalent in a HASSE/STEM related discipline.
  • Ability to communicate collegially and knowledgeably with faculty in an array of disciplines, as relevant to the focus of the position, using diverse methodological approaches.
  • A broad, interdisciplinary base of understanding of research, methods, theories, and scholarship.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple project activities and facilitate collaborative work across departments.
  • Experience designing professional development and instructional techniques to advance faculty success.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Knowledge of and experience with federal and/or private funding programs for academic research.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including strong interpersonal communication skills.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - A cover letter that outlines your education and experience and how they complement the mission of the Research Development office and prepare you for the Associate Director position. Please specify the area to which you are interested in applying.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants are required to provide names and contact information of 3 references. In the event that an applicant is selected as the finalist, the department will conduct a reference check before extending an offer of employment.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA