Work with faculty and research staff within the Cockrell School of Engineering (CSE) to identify, develop, acquire and manage large-scale federal and private foundation research awards, generally involving multiple investigators. Work with CSE Research Relations to develop programs to expand research across the School.
Identifies external research opportunities, specifically at the federal and international level and with private research foundations. Works with CSE faculty and research staff to develop multi-investigator grant proposals and research center grant proposals, including building teams for future opportunities, providing logistical support and organizational oversight in center proposal development and securing editing and writing/editing resources. Establishes professional relationships with CSE and university-wide shared-user facilities, library and data archiving facilities, education/outreach, technology transfer and innovation teams, to help primary investigators find suitable existing campus programs/facilities to leverage in multi-investigator and center proposals; support new and early-career CSE faculty in their pursuit of funding by leading periodic grant development lectures and workshops. Serves as the CSE primary point-of-contact for internal competitions for limited-submission proposals, coordinating with the university's Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Sponsored Projects and University Development Office as needed. Works with the Associate Dean for Research to set priorities for internal competition submissions. Maintains an inventory of best practices for internal research management to be included in proposals or implemented in newly funded centers; maintains current knowledge of federal agency (e.g., NSF, NIH, DOE, DOD) opportunities and policies to share with CSE faculty. Along with CSE's Research Relations Office, represents CSE interests in fostering cross-college collaborations for multi-investigator research opportunities. Works closely with CSE Research Relations and Communications teams to establish/enhance center identities through websites and other new media venues and develops best practices for disseminating research highlights to sponsors, academic peers and the public.
Other related functions as assigned.
PhD in Engineering, Business, or science-related field. Ten or more years of experience managing research programs. Experience managing or coordinating interdisciplinary research and/or research advancement programs. Experience administering grants and other research awards, including developing proposals. Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to convey scientific/technical ideas to non-technical staff or external constituents. Experience in higher education teaching or research and budget administration. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Experience working with UT Office of Sponsored Projects or equivalent. Basic marketing knowledge.
May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Evening and weekend work may be required on an occasional basis. Some travel required.