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Senior Research Development Officer

  • 1.  Senior Research Development Officer

    Posted 12-06-2021 06:57

    Job Title

    Senior Research Development Officer


    Texas A&M University


    Vice Pres For Research

    Proposed Minimum Salary

    $5,668.00 monthly

    Job Location

    College Station, Texas

    Job Type


    Job Description

    Our Commitment

    Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

    Who we are

    The Division of Research is committed to a truly comprehensive university where students, researchers, and inventors bring scholarship and innovation to bear for the benefit of the community, the state, and the nation. Texas A&M's research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental, and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world.

    What we want

    The Senior Research Development Officer will be responsible for: providing professional development and proposal coordination for faculty researchers and for providing strategies to develop competitive proposals for biomedical and life science research funding from federal agencies, specifically those under Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health. We seek a candidate with five years' experience developing proposals to federal agencies, particularly the National Institutes of Health, NIH, demonstrated experience in developing and leading proposal development teams or working with research faculty to develop and submit federal grant proposals, and that has work experience in a medically related or bio and life science research laboratory. The successful candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If this description appeals to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

    What you need to know

    Salary: Compensation will be commensurate to selected hire's experience.

    Cover Letter/Resume': Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor). You may upload this information as one document under CV/Resume.

    COVID-19 information: Texas A&M University monitors local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep students, employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. For the latest information regarding Texas A&M's COVID-19 response, please visit the University's COVID-19 website. For COVID-19 employment-related information, please visit the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness' COVID-19 website.

    Required Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor's degree in biomedical or life sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Four years of experience developing or writing proposals to or for federal, state or private agencies

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of grant application process and writing of applications or proposals as needed
    • Ability to learn, translate, and explain technical information
    • Knowledge of multi-disciplinary and multi-institution federal grant proposals
    • Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data and to prioritize and organize a wide array of tasks to develop compliant and competitive grant proposals
    • Strong capacity for independent decision-making, excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work with a variety of individuals from research, education, governmental, nonprofit, and industry sectors and in teams to apply project management skills to proposal development activities
    • Ability and flexibility to complete multiple projects during a timeframe and meet deadlines
    • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others

    Preferred Education and Experience:

    • Ph.D. in biomedical or life sciences
    • Work experience in medically related or bio and life science research laboratory
    • Five years of developing proposals to federal agencies, particularly the National Institutes of Health, NIH
    • Experience working in a deadline-driven environment
    • Demonstrated experience in developing and leading proposal development teams or working with research faculty to develop and submit federal grant proposals

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Ability to cultivate and maintain professional working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds
    • Knowledge of NORDP or APMP practices, along with experience with NIH, NSF, DOD, DOE, or other major federal funding agencies
    • Skills in conflict resolution


    • Faculty and Professional Development-Research - Creates and delivers NIH Specific Aims Virtual Seminar series and other training as needed for Texas A&M researchers. Follows up with participants regarding NIH grant proposals as needed. Develops and updates templates, tools and guidance documents for use by researchers at Texas A&M University. Reviews professional development opportunities and provides training activities that will enhance faculty researchers' skill levels.
    • NIH Proposal Development - Leads and coordinates strategic review of Texas A&M University research community NIH proposals, especially those of junior faculty, who are classified by NIH as Early Stage Investigators. Connects researchers to funding opportunities and research resources. Uses knowledge of agency and proposal process to assist faculty researchers in matching requirements of NIH funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) or requests for proposals (RFPs). Ensures that proposals are in clear, concise language understood by reviewers in NIH study sections. Confers with individual faculty regarding the review of previous grant applications, and provide strategy on resubmission.
    • Multi-disciplinary Proposal Coordination - Serves on RDS team to lead and coordinate research proposal development, including biomedical and life sciences proposal components, for large and strategic interdisciplinary research activities that involve faculty from multiple Texas A&M University departments, centers, and institutes and from other universities. Uses knowledge of the agency and review process to develop competitive proposals. Coordinates activities to create and maintain cohesive working groups. Performs other duties as assigned.

    Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

    All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

    Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

    Isamar Navarro
    Administrative Associate
    Texas A&M University