Research Associate (non-laboratory)

  • location: Cambridge, MA
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $25 - $28 per hour
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Research Associate (non-laboratory)

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One the top academic universities in Massachusetts is actively seeking (1) Research Associate (non-laboratory) to start on or about April 1st. This will be a (4) month contract opportunity with regular working hours (35+), presently it is unclear if this position will extend or have the opportunity to move into a permanent role. The Research Associate will work under the general direction of a school's faculty member who will: develop, design and conduct research projects using advanced quantitative and qualitative methods. Conduct background research and literature reviews. Synthesize, analyze, and interpret results. Write, edit or update all forms of academic writing including case studies, academic and popular journal articles, teaching notes, project reports, policy memos and multimedia scripts. Provide advanced subject-matter expertise and act as a collaborator and thought-partner to the faculty member.

The Research Administrator provides life-cycle administration of federal and non-federal sponsored awards and manages internal research funding. S/he proactively establishes relationships with the Growth Lab team and partners with School's Research Administration Office (RAO) and School's Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) to provide expert guidance on all sponsored research issues.

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Programs, Growth Lab, at the Center for International Development.

location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
job type: Contract
salary: $25 - 28 per hour
work hours: 9 to 5
education: Associate

- Tracks research proposal and grants as they move through pre and post award activities;

- Helps develop proposal budgets, detailed cost analyses and budget justifications;

- provides policy interpretation on grant and gift parameters in accordance with sponsor, University, and school policies;

- Liaises closely with School's Research Administration; and

- Administers grants to ensure accuracy and compliance with award and institutional guidelines.


- Manages sponsored, gift and endowment contracts;

- Reviews transactions and works with the Growth Lab finance team to appropriately apply internal controls;

- Verifies salary allocations to research accounts, including faculty supplemental salary, and coordinates changes to payroll on sponsored awards. Reviews effort statements ensure accuracy before release to PI certifiers;

- Works closely with the Growth Lab team and School's OSP to establish accounts, maintain accurate financial records, prepare financial reports and invoices, and close out projects; and

- Keeps grant proposal team apprised of developments in post-award grants management, ensuring financial compliance with federal regulations and agency guidelines.

*Full proficiency in Microsoft Office is expected.

  • Associates/Bachelors degree
  • Higher Ed experience (selected candidate MUST have experience working in a academic setting in a college or university)
  • Experience with federal awards
  • Knowledge of sponsored research rules
  • Administration of federal (both pre- and post-award) grants is required.
skills: Benefits, MS-WORD, MS-EXCEL, MS-Project, Administration
Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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