Electronic Research Administrator

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

ID: 7071439
Posted: October 27, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Electronic Research Administrator (ERA) leads and manages the research and grant administration software and serves as the research data custodian. This responsibility includes overseeing UNCW’s core research administration software (transitioning from RAMSeS to an InfoEd Global implementation branded OSPREY) with multiple modules to support proposal development, award management, conflicts of interest, human subjects and animal compliance, and biosafety. The ERA will also have primary responsibility for UNCW’s implementation of InfoReady, which is used across campus to promote and manage internal processes, opportunities, and competitions. The ERA is responsible for ensuring research data integrity, and providing regular reports to various stakeholders. In addition, the ERA is charged with developing new ways to leverage the data and systems to improve research administration, business intelligence, and to better support faculty sponsored research and innovation efforts.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering, data science, statistics, economics, finance, or related field and two years of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Masters degree.

Skills to maintain, configure, and reliably operate computer systems and databases.

Knowledge of project management plans including communication, change, procurement and risk; well versed in IT and the relevant applications and platforms.

Knowledge of basic programming skills and experience with programming languages related to system administration and data science (e.g., SQL, HTML, Java, Python, API Interactions).

Knowledge of data quality assurance methods and quality control procedures, assessing data quality, and data remediation.

Data analysis and visualization skills.

A rigorous data-driven problem-solving approach to their thinking.

Ability to discern which problems are important to solve and then model what is critical to solving the problem.

Persuasive communication skills – written and oral.

Successful experience organizing and conducting training.

Demonstrated ability to work constructively, collaboratively, and diplomatically with many diverse individuals.

Time management skills

Knowledge or familiarity with business intelligence tools (e.g., Tableau, Power BI) and data frameworks.

Knowledge of grants.gov, NSF Fastlane, and NIH eRA Commons.

Experience applying system administration and analysis to research administration.

Experience in data mining, and a working knowledge of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and operations research.

Experience with multiyear project management.

Working understanding of a centralized research administration.
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) stimulates and supports UNCW research, scholarship, creativity, and innovation (collectively “research”). This research enhances student learning, discovers new knowledge, forges knowledge leaders, and solves problems critical to North Carolina and the world. The office provides strategic vision, efficient administrative services and training, and leadership to create crucial infrastructure, partnerships, and programs to achieve research excellence and impact. The Office is comprised of three administrative units and a collection of centers, institutes, and programs. The administrative units include the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC), the Research Integrity Office (RIO), and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, and the centers and institutes include the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC), and the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences (I3S).

College/School Information
University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.


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