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Research Administrator I - Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University 

05-24-2021 09:44

Our Research Administration Core Unit at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University is recruiting for an entry level research administrator to join our team. We are looking for a new team member to join our Core to assist our investigators with pre award and post award activities in support of our Center’s Mission to promote healthy aging through nutrition science to empower people seeking to enjoy long, active, and independent lives.


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Research Administrator I - Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging - (21001350)

This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.

Under general supervision, responsible for administering standard portfolio of sponsored awards. Utilizing knowledge of academic area, works with faculty to develop sponsored proposals and to manage post-award compliance activities. May assist school management with other assigned program operation functions.

Essential 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, 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 school management with other assigned program operation functions.


 Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree    
  • 0-2 years of related experience
  • Knowledge of funding agencies and their programs
  • Understanding of regulations that govern federal research funding and related areas of regulatory compliance
  • Proficient with MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet
  • Proficient with electronic grants management systems (i.e.,, NIH eRA Commons, NSF Fastlane, ProposalCentral, etc.) or ability to learn these and other applicable systems

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
May be required to attend meetings in various campus locations.
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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