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GINA CODY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

RESEARCH FUNDING DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR (C5609-C5612)


Posted on: September 7, 2021
Deadline: September 20, 2021
Grade: N/A
Campus: SGW

Note

This posting represents four full-time contract positions, for the duration of three years.

Scope

Reporting to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies functionally, and to the Director of Administration administratively, the incumbent seeks and pursues opportunities, and successfully supports faculty members in obtaining research funding and securing collaborative multi-partner, multi-year research projects. The incumbent will market researchers’ expertise to external partners and sponsors. They identify and form collaborative links between researchers within and outside of Concordia, and identify and facilitate new research business development opportunities that fulfill the faculty’s research mandate.

Primary responsibilities

  • Coordinate and support large-scale research proposal development for the University’s researchers in collaboration with the Office of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies. Liaise with granting agencies, industry collaborators, partners, sponsors and facilitate efforts to secure and obtain projects funds.
  • Identify and pursue new areas for research and strategic initiatives, including new collaborative research funding opportunities, and liaise with external partners.
  • Identify and monitor partnership and business development opportunities and link to appropriate researchers and research teams. Provide support and guidance to researchers as needed in the development of these opportunities.
  • Coordinate the work needed for specific funding opportunities and facilitate the preparation of large-scale proposals. Provide informed feedback and address issues with respect to the evaluation criteria.
  • Market, plan and represent research expertise to external sponsors and Industry in targeted events. Organize events to foster and identify funding opportunities for researchers and external sponsors and partners.
  • Identify, build, and cultivate relationships with potential partners.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of researchers’ strengths and expertise. Maintain comprehensive knowledge of strategic priorities for research.
  • Seek and secure strategic alliances and industry partnerships which provide access to data; solidify existing research groups, stimulate partnership grants, and help secure applied research internships for graduate students in research-based programs. Act as subject matter expert for teams of researchers meeting with external partners.
  • Assess the capability of key researchers to successfully compete for external funding. Explore and identify appropriate funding sources. Research potential funding sources. Provide input on aligning research proposals in the direction of funding.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the provincial, federal and other funding programs and guidelines. Promptly disseminate this information to researchers. Help develop and refine strategies for obtaining funds.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or other related fields, with four to seven years of research and development experience or business and partnership development experience.
  • Ph.D., an asset.
  • Knowledge of the research funding environment and funding programs in Quebec and Canada.
  • Experience in preparing and editing grant applications, project management and in budget planning, desirable.
  • Research experience within industry or academia, desirable.
  • Good knowledge (level 4) of spoken and written English and French language skills, in order to communicate effectively with researchers and external units, write correspondence, read and analyze documents, provide feedback, and produce reports.
  • Good knowledge (intermediate level) of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including confidence, tact, discretion and judgement to work effectively with academic researchers and funding agencies.
  • Exceptionally detail oriented, with the ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical, planning, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure in a high-volume environment.
  • Proven ability to motivate others, to cultivate partnerships and collaborations, and to deal effectively with researchers and external agencies.

Salary

$74,567- $89,056 per annum

Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by September 20, 2021. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.


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