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Director of Strategic Sponsored Research Activities

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID352874
LocationTwin Cities
Job FamilyBusiness Development
Full/Part TimeFull-Time
Job Code9761SA
Employee ClassAcad Prof and Admin
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Position Description:The College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Strategic Sponsored Research Activities. The College is seeking an experienced and accomplished leader with the advanced analytical and technical skills needed to grow the College's strategic sponsored research portfolio, including growing industry-sponsored research, growing industry-academic collaborative sponsored federal awards, and growing large-scale federal research collaborations. Responsibilities include analysis of opportunities for mutually beneficial strategic partnerships, negotiation of partnership terms, and development of collaboration projects. This position reports to the CSE Associate Dean for Research and will work closely with the CSE Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the University's Corporate Engagement Center (CEC) team, with the University's federal relations team, with the Office for the Vice President for Research, and with the College's department heads, center directors, and faculty. This position will be evaluated based on success in generating opportunities, and successes, in strategic sponsored research. Job Duties/Responsibilities:Strategic Corporate-Sponsored Research Advancement (25%)

Liaise with companies exploring sponsored research (including ones identified by CFR team, individual faculty, and those initiating contact) to identify their needs and capacity. Triage corporate contacts to identify those worth bringing to CSE researchers. Facilitate connections between companies and CSE researchers (and where appropriate other UMN collaborators), including helping CSE PIs identify nature, scope, and terms of potential grants, contracts, gifts, or external sales. Facilitate development of and membership in appropriate sponsored research consortia. Strategic University-Corporate Partnerships for Federal Awards (25%)
Build and maintain relationships with major federal contractors in areas of strategic interest to CSE. Identify potential opportunities for CSE participation in major federal awards and screen such opportunities to identify alignment with CSE researcher interests. Facilitate connections between companies and CSE researchers in developing proposals for federal awards (both those led by companies and those led by a UMN PI). Engage other investigators across the University where appropriate. Provide support for the proposals where appropriate (including advice, pre-review, team-building support). Support federal relations related to such efforts to secure large federal awards, including maintaining awareness of federal funding efforts, developing/maintaining relationships with key federal funding agency personnel, supporting the development of appropriations and/or earmark requests, supporting University researchers in influencing funding priorities (through invitations to key workshops and panels, introductions, etc.). Strategic Support for Large-Scale Federal Research Collaborations (20%)
Support CSE research teams in pursuing large-scale ($5 million and larger) funding opportunities, including maintaining awareness of federal funding efforts, identifying and organizing teams of researchers (within CSE, across the U of M, and in partnership with others) to pursue such opportunities, developing/maintaining relationships with key federal funding agency personnel, supporting the development of appropriations and/or earmark requests, supporting University researchers in influencing funding priorities (through invitations to key workshops and panels, introductions, etc.). In-Reach to Assess and Develop Strategic Research Opportunities (20%)
Meet with key research leaders in CSE, including center directors, large-award researchers, department heads, and others who can take leadership in strategic research efforts. Contribute to college-wide assessment of faculty research interests including topics of interest, interest and availability in new external opportunities, and research resources available (or needed). Other Research Leadership Duties as Assigned (10%)

Required Qualifications:
Undergraduate degree in a field related to CSE research. Six years of experience in corporate research and/or university/corporate collaborative research. Experience evaluating potential partnerships, projects and strategic alliances, including use of financial tools to perform cost/benefit analysis of such opportunities over a multi-year timeframe. Experience preparing or soliciting and evaluating bids and proposals for sponsored research. Demonstrated success in building or growing a portfolio of funded research, either in an academic institution, in a corporation from external sources such as federal grants/contracts, or in a corporation or government as a portfolio of funding external entities to carry out research. Preferred Qualifications:
Doctoral degree in a field related to CSE research (physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science) or a master's degree with substantial post-degree research experience. Experience leading large federally-funded research programs. Experience leading or organizing corporate-funded university research programs. Experience in development of federal R&D program priorities (e.g., service on federal oversight or advisory committees, participation in program priority-setting workshops, lobbying activity related to federal R&D program priorities). Experience with one or more public land-grant universities. Experience in one or more of the following broad strategic research areas:
sustainability, energy, and environment, robotics, sensing, and advanced manufacturing materials and chemicals semiconductor technology and manufacturing technology applications in medicine and healthcare technology applications in agriculture data science/machine learning and its applications
About the Department

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is ranked among the top engineering and science academic programs in the country. The college includes 12 academic departments offering a wide range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels.

For more information about the College of Science and Engineering Office of the Dean, visit

Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the for more information regarding benefits.
    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. This position will remain open until filled.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:
    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:
    About the U of M

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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