Research Administrator

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 193000 - HPC2
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The principal purpose of this position is to coordinate and perform pre-award and post-award sponsored-research activities for the High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC2).

Salary Grade:  14

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Manages pre-award and post-award administration of sponsored research activities.
2. Prepares and reviews sponsored-research proposals and award renewals, continuations, revisions, and modifications to ensure compliance with Federal regulations and MSU policies and procedures. This involves reviewing proposal solicitations for eligibility and submission requirements; coordinating with multiple departments and personnel to prepare documentation such as budgets, budget justifications, current and pending support forms, facilities and equipment information, biographical sketches, etc.; and processing and approving MSU Internal Approval Sheet on behalf of HPC2.
3. Provides monthly sponsored account reports and balances, reviews expenditures for compliance, resolves accounting issues, and prepares projections for awards.
4. Serves as the principal point of contact for sponsors, University personnel, Office of Sponsored Projects, and Sponsored Programs Accounting regarding contractual issues.
5. Provides guidance and support on any special conditions associated with sponsored research, such as the use of human subjects/vertebrate animals/hazardous materials, cost-sharing, etc.
6. Functions as the liaison with principal investigators for continuation/renewal of contracts.
7. Exercises knowledge of grant and contract management rules and regulations to provide budgeting and expenditure support to principal investigators.
8. Meets with principal investigators for project planning, as needed.
9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, or related field

3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience or knowledge of federal agency requirements related to grant applications, university fund accounting, and human resource systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of program and/or research area related to the position, research implementation, and accounting principles and practices.
2. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
3. Familiarity with Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200
4. Experience with Subcontracts
5. Strong interpersonal skills combined with strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
6. Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
7. Ability to multitask.
8. Strong attention to details.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Routine deadlines; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. For additional information, contact Whitley Alford at

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon funding availability. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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