Research Development Coordinator
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
This position has an end date of two year from hire, with a possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Reporting to the Department Chair and receiving high-level direction and advice from the Research and Planning committee, the Research Development Coordinator (RDC) will provide services and support to researchers in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, with the over-arching goal of increasing the ability of faculty members (and the department as a whole) to secure funding to support and grow our research activities. The RDC will develop processes that support the management, coordination, and internal review of both small- and large-scale funding applications, including the Discovery Grant program. Furthermore, the RDC will proactively explore and identify collaborative and interdisciplinary research opportunities, and work to assemble teams comprising ECE faculty members and possibly external researchers and other stakeholders (including industry), with the aim of facilitating highly competitive funding proposals to large-scale programs such as the NSERC CREATE and Strategic Networks programs. Overall, the RDC will strive to increase the number, quality, and competitiveness of research proposals emanating from the ECE Department. We are looking at this position to help increase our department research funding by 20% over a period of two years.

Duties:
Consults with and provides advice to individual ECE researchers and teams of ECE researchers, with the goal of increasing their ability to secure NSERC and other funding.
Attains a high-level appreciation for all ongoing research activities within the ECE Department.
Utilizes multiple databases of funding opportunities (Research Services Office, NSERC and others) to compile opportunities relevant to ECE faculty, and will proactively work to match faculty researchers with funding opportunities.
Provides authoritative information regarding the opportunities, the deadlines, and the administrative processes required for proposal submission.
Works with the Grant Assist Program to manage an internal scholarly review and mentorship process aimed at improving the quality and competitiveness of proposals to the NSERC Discovery Grants program.
Curates a repository of successful ECE grant applications, and help new applicants to find relevant examples within this database.
Collects statistics on success rates of applications to various programs, and place these in context with those of other departments and universities.
Identifies collaborative opportunities and synergies within and outside the ECE Department, and also identifies partnership and sponsorship (i.e. matching funding) opportunities for ECE researchers by other stakeholders such as government agencies and industry.
Assists in the development of strategies to support the evolution (ebb and flow, growth and transition) of research programs in response to new or changing sponsor funding.
Fosters collaboration between ECE researchers and industry, by identifying and engaging with suitable partner organizations, and by advising companies on how to participate in grant applications and research projects.l This includes developing and maintaining a website of resources which will include a database of Western Canadian companies.
Supports and assists with the coordination or project management of large-scale funding proposals involving ECE researchers, providing advice on the strategic directions and editorial content of the proposals.
Assists with establishing timelines, and will provide oversight with respect to key deadlines.
On behalf of the Department chair, drafts letters of support (or assists researchers with the drafting of such letters) for proposals.
Liaises with the U of A Research Services Office, with NSERC, with Canada Foundation for Innovation, and with other funding agencies, to assist researchers in ensuring that funding applications meet all administrative requirements.
Provides basic editorial services on research proposals and assists with obtaining institutional information as required
Drafts supportive documents, organizes and/or re-formats information to assist researchers in responding to sponsor requests for research progress and final reports

Qualifications:
Undergraduate degree in Engineering or natural sciences, postgraduate degree preferred.
Grant proposal writing and development experience, particularly with tri-council funding programs, will be considered a major asset.
At least 4 years prior experience in a job position requiring the management of multiple tasks and priorities, delivery of presentations and communiques.
Ability to manage timelines, to prioritize tasks, and to work under pressure during periods leading up to critical funding application deadlines.
Proven ability to lead projects and new initiatives is preferred.
Demonstrated mastery of English grammar and written communication skills. An ability to summarize and communicate information in a concise way, both in verbal and written form.
An ability to interpret and assimilate complex program guidelines, and to summarize them in a meaningful way to researchers.
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse individuals, and to exercise tact, discretion, and good judgement in providing guidance and feedback.
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with researchers, senior administration, government agencies, and industry.
Moderate to high level computer skills (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Google Suite, Chrome, etc.). Experience with Peoplesoft Finance Researcher Home Page and eTRAC would be an asset.
Class 5 Driving License is preferred
Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter that outlines why you believe you are the right person for this position. In your cover letter, please provide a detailed answer to the following question:

“How will you contribute to a culture of trust, effectiveness, and execution in the Faculty of Engineering?”

Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications received with a cover letter that does not specifically address these important items will also not be considered.