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#111940 Assoc. Director - Life Sciences, Res. Development

Filing Deadline: Mon 10/25/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/27/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/6/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until position is filled. - Priority Consideration will be provided to those applicants who apply by 10/8/21.

Cover letter required along with the online application and resume.


Under the general direction of the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor (SAVCR), incumbent is a member of the Research Development (RD) team, which provides guidance, strategic planning, coordination, and communication for the development of large, interdisciplinary research proposals. The team also supports the professional development of early-career investigators in areas related to the pursuit of research funding.

Although this position will be primarily focused on funding opportunities and strategies to enhance successful funding for researchers in medicine and the health, life, pharmaceutical, and biomedical sciences, the incumbent works as part of an integrated, collaborative team, and will work on interdisciplinary efforts.

The incumbent works with the RD team, SAVCR, and others in VC-Research and across campus in strategic planning for a diversity of funding opportunities and strategies for successfully obtaining the funding and raising the profile of UC San Diego researchers.

The incumbent performs other infrastructural activities in support of research development, including:

~ Communication and collaboration with faculty across academic Vice Chancellor areas to support the research strengths and evolving research, education, and diversity priorities of the campus.

~ Identification, analysis, and dissemination of major funding-opportunity announcements;

~ Facilitation and coordination of short- and long-term proposal-development projects;

~ Participation in the Limited-Submission (LS) review process and, as necessary, collaboration with other RD team members toward success of proposals selected to move forward;

~ Collaboration with other RD and ORA team members to develop and maintain resource repositories, analytics, and metrics relevant to proposal development and outreach, and development and/or maintenance of online resources and databases for research development.

The RD team’s work is aligned with the Research Affairs Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee’s goal to advance the UC San Diego research enterprise by embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and values in everything we do. We aspire to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where all are welcome and valued; are comfortable bringing their authentic selves; and have the opportunity, resources, and support to thrive.

This position would be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement (onsite/offsite) and consideration might be provided for a fully remote work arrangement.


  • Advanced degree in medicine, health sciences, life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences or related area, and typically four (4) years of professional experience, and/or equivalent experience/training.

  • Academic background and experience working in a scientific discipline with a concentration in one or more or the following: medicine, health sciences, life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and biomedical sciences.

  • Proven track record with assisting in the development of grant proposals, especially large science grants. Experience interpreting sponsor requirements; preparing and reviewing proposals (federal, state, private) for contracts or grants; interpreting sponsors' merit review criteria; understanding sponsors' terms and conditions; and assisting with post-proposal negotiations.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills to translate complex concepts from multi-disciplinary proposals into a common vocabulary that is understandable by reviewers from multiple academic and non-academic fields. Experience editing and writing technical documents comprised of contributions from multiple authors, especially those involving scientific and medical terminology.

  • Knowledge of and experience with content and structure of standard calls for proposals, proposal preparation and submission requirements from federal and state agencies, as well as private and corporate foundations. Experience interpreting the merit review criteria for different sponsors.

  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills to plan and organize new programs with proven ability to develop goals, assess progress, set priorities, and successfully implement. Analytical skills to research, compile, analyze, organize, and summarize information from reports and other sources to prepare technical reports and summarize project data. Analytical skills to understand and evaluate comprehensive and technical material in various scientific subject areas, and comprehend the flow of logic in manuscripts.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results. Experience working collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers and teams. Experience organizing, developing, and writing successful complex research grant proposals in a collaborative team setting, including working with faculty from different departments and disciplines.

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of basic science, translational, and clinical research methodologies and requirements.

  • Proven effective organizational skills to work with changing priorities, demanding workload, and multiple simultaneous deadline-driven projects under limited supervision.

  • Proven program planning and management of projects.

  • Experience using systems and tools for identification of funding opportunities (e.g., and discovery of award information (e.g., NIH RePORTER, NSF Awards Database).


  • Research experience.

  • Knowledge of strategies to integrate diverse perspectives, support community-engaged research, and/or advance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce.

  • Knowledge of team-science principles and effective practices.


  • Cover letter required along with the online application and resume.

  • Must be able to work flexible schedule, occasional evenings/nights, weekends and holidays, often on short notice to meet operational needs.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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