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#TP129839 Research Administrator 2

Filing Deadline: Mon 6/3/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Position available through UCSD Temporary Employment Services (TES). Employment through TES is an excellent way to gain valuable UCSD experience and get your foot in the door for career positions. TES employment includes medical coverage, paid vacation & sick time, paid holidays, as well as training and development opportunities!


UC San Diego is hiring a temporary Research Administrator 2 to support campus operations for the 2023 - 2024 School Year.

Duration: This role is anticipated to last 3 months

Compensation: $29.60 - $32.00 / hour. Eligible for paid holidays and vacation/sick leave. Full-medical insurance also available.

Work Schedule: Hybrid M-F 8-4:30pm, 1-2 days on-site

Location: On campus in La Jolla.

Join our esteemed team at UC San Diego as a temporary Research Administrator, specializing in Post-Award Management, where you'll play a pivotal role in facilitating the success of our faculty's research initiatives. As a Research Administrator, you will primarily focus on overseeing the financial portfolios of designated faculty members after the award stage, ensuring compliance with grant and contract guidelines while providing strategic guidance on budget projections and spending.


  • Spearhead the management of post-award financial portfolios for assigned faculty members, ensuring adherence to grant and contract regulations.

  • Navigate financial transactions through UCPath with precision, maintaining meticulous records and upholding compliance standards.

  • Provide invaluable support in forecasting budget projections and advising faculty members on strategic resource allocation.

  • Utilize advanced spreadsheet and database software for comprehensive financial analyses and reports, demonstrating proficiency in fiscal management practices.

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment with overlapping deadlines, consistently upholding a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource on policy guidelines, interpreting and applying them effectively to support faculty members and colleagues.


  • Extensive experience in financial analysis and reporting using spreadsheet and database software.
  • In-depth understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and fiscal management practices within a research administration context.

  • Proven track record of effective problem-solving in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

  • Demonstrated expertise in interpreting and applying policy guidelines related to post-award grant and contract management.

  • Proficiency in basic Excel functions, including filtering, sorting, and basic calculations, with a willingness to further develop skills as needed.

  • Comfortable navigating computer systems and e-filing procedures, with a clear understanding of desktop and download folder distinctions.

  • While training opportunities will be available, candidates should demonstrate proficiency in policy interpretation and basic Excel skills.

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a background in Post-Award Management, Research Administration, or related fields, such as Higher Education Grants, Financial Analysis, or Accounting.

  • The successful candidate will bring a strong foundation in fiscal management practices and a commitment to supporting our faculty's research endeavors.


Background check required

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and requires immediate reporting of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of anyone under the age of 18. It is the responsibility of the Mandated Reporter to ensure that they obtain proper training in order to fulfill their reporting responsibilities as required by the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and University policy, and to complete and submit the required reports to the UC San Diego Police Department without delay.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $61,800 - $108,000 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $29.60 - $51.72

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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