QB3 is a bioscience institute with research operations at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz. The QB3 executive director’s office, QB3-C (based at Berkeley), leads ambitious projects that unite scientists across campuses with the goal of exploring and developing new technologies that could be applied in biomedicine. This new position will oversee and coordinate research grant programs for multicampus QB3 initiatives.
The Grant Coordination Manager facilitates the effective development of research proposals, working closely with the QB3 Managing Director, but also the Executive Director and the Scientific Directors at the QB3 campus groups. This position builds and employs collaborative relationships with faculty, program staff, and other research administration staff across the three QB3 campuses.
An initial priority will be to identify research directions and federal, state, and foundation grant opportunities that align with the strengths and potential of QB3 scientists and facilities. One such example is the use of organoids for drug discovery and studies of human development. Duties include identifying opportunities for funding, program planning and development, coordination of campus units in grant proposal writing and submission, budget creation, program evaluation, award/budget management, and synthesis and dissemination of research findings.
- Serves as primary consultant for large or complex research grant program(s) / initiative(s).
- Coordinates faculty and other teams across the three QB3 campuses developing and submitting proposals on carefully planned timelines. Includes advising, organizing, budgeting, delegating, writing, editing, and proofreading.
- Ensures alignment with the solicitation and the agency’s research priorities and funding policies. Researches agency policies and details of specific solicitations and ensures proposal compliance.
- Searches for, conceives, and identifies grant opportunities.
- Plays significant roles in the conceptual formulation and writing of non-research components of proposals, including administration plans, management plans, and budget justifications.
- Interacts with teams to help advise, create calendars, and monitor progress; coordinating with research administrators.
- Reviews and analyzes the program's and other funders' portfolios for emerging issues and research.
- Keeps abreast of developments in research area to identify expert advisors and peer reviewers.
- Develops figures and tables to support the proposal narrative, such as program progression/milestones, logic models, and organizational charts.
- Advanced program planning and management of projects.
- Experience managing budgets for collaborative research projects.
- Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
- Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.
- In-depth academic background and experience in selected area of research including record of publications in related field(s).
- Excellent collaboration skills, with a track record of working collaboratively with faculty and large teams.
- Advanced oral and written communication skills. Advanced skills analyzing information, problems, situations, policies or procedures to define the problem, need or objective.
- Proven ability to formulate solutions, new program development, alternative choices and implications for implementation.
- Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers and teams.
- Familiarity with federal agencies, especially NIH & NSF.
- Expertise with charts and graphics.
- Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
- PhD in bioscience and/or equivalent years experience/training.