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Research Support Specialist at University of Iowa

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Job Description:

Please attach a resume as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and health screening.

Position Summary: Support research by exploring funding opportunities, assisting in grant proposal preparation, submission, post-award administration and operational support by assuring compliance with UI policies, state and federal laws. Key areas of responsibility include grant preparation (pre-award), post-award administration, regulatory compliance, operational/administrative support, external communications and negotiations, leadership and supervision.

Position Responsibilities:

Grant Exploration and Development:

Prepare, navigate and administer grants and contracts. (Including NIH grants)

Prepare research/grant proposals; evaluate requests for proposals (RFP); review proposals.

Support multiple research studies.

Post-Award Administration/Financial Responsibility:

Independently prepare and submit financial and material reports and schedules for individual faculty, the University and granting agencies.

Monitor budgets, establish fiscal controls, prepare fund allocations to comply with internal and sponsor deadlines. Prepare financial summary reports monthly.

Analyze, monitor and report financial data, information and reports. Utilizes .NET databases, Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel.

May initiate and/or approve routine financial transactions.


Monitor expenditures for compliance with contract/grant terms in accordance with agency spending policies, University policies and state and federal regulations.

Perform specialized queries of expenditures not passing through workflow, then review for allow ability based on various funding agency spending requirements.

Operational/Administrative Support:

May perform other administrative support tasks in support of the research (e.g., organize and facilitate meetings/events, respond to inquiries, recruit research participants, monitor research protocols, data collections, analysis and management; local site coordinator; maintain website content, etc.)

External Communication and Negotiations:

Liaison with external funding agencies related to supporting the research.


May provide functional supervision and/or administrative supervision of student staff members.

Education Required
A Bachelor's degree in Accounting or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Experience Requirements
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

1 year of experience working with externally funded grants is required.

Experience with Microsoft Excel is required.

Desirable Qualifications
Experience with NIH grant policy is desirable.

Experience with the CAYUSE proposal submission system is desirable.

Experience with NIH eRA Commons as a delegate is desirable.