Collaborative Research Specialist

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI, USA 🇺🇸


WORKING TITLE: Collaborative Research Specialist

JOB TITLE: Research Area Specialist Inter

WORK LOCATION: Ann Arbor Campus, Ann Arbor, MI





DEPARTMENT: Graham Sustainability Inst.

POSTING BEGIN/END DATE: 11/16/2022 – 1/09/2023

SALARY: $60,000.00 – $65,000.00


How to Apply

You must submit a cover letter and resume as a single document to be considered for this position. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and related experience.

Who We Are

The Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan mobilizes the expertise and passion of scholars, partners, and decision-makers to work together and bring world-class research to real-world sustainability challenges. Our initiatives lead to positive outcomes that safeguard the planet’s life support systems and enhance well-being for present and future generations. The institute’s work is grounded in the belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion are necessary to empowerment and to the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning, and leadership, and we are committed to fostering a community where every member thrives.

The Graham Sustainability Institute is looking for a Collaborative Research Specialist (Research Area Specialist Intermediate/Associate) to help develop and administer research grant proposal solicitations that support high-impact, multidisciplinary and multi sector research and facilitate engaged research on water-related issues, especially with BIPOC communities. You will work on dynamic, highly-collaborative teams, providing cross-cutting support for Graham’s Carbon Neutrality Acceleration and Catalyst Grant Programs and the UM Water Center.

What you will do:

  • Help develop and administer faculty research grant proposal solicitation and review processes, and help manage and support grantees, including conducting regular check-ins, reviewing project reports, providing resources and guidance, and enhancing  communications
  • Support project teams, advisory groups, and campus committees, including meeting planning and facilitation, development of meeting summaries and resources, and ensuring follow-up by all parties
  • Develop relationships with and foster connections among campus and external partners
  • Design webinars, workshops, events, and other activities to support projects and programs
  • Communicate program activities and impacts by generating written content for email updates, websites, progress reports, and other materials
  • Assist in evaluating project and program implementation and impact.

What you have:

  • Shared commitment to Graham’s values of being collaborative, purpose-driven, inclusive, science-based, and impactful.
  • Capacity to listen deeply and understand multiple perspectives on a given issue.
  • Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and perspectives into an accessible product.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills including the ability to prioritize multiple simultaneous projects with tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with and experience working on climate mitigation, justice, water resources and/or sustainability topics.
  • Keen attention to detail both in written communications and quantitative tasks.
  • Ability to identify and leverage connections between multiple projects or tasks.
  • Ability to work both independently and on small teams.
  • Masters Degree in natural resources, environment, community development and engagement, or related fields with two plus years professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. (Intermediate)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, environment, community development and engagement, or related fields and 4 plus years experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. (Associate)

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions after the first year 
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance, including vision and dental options
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Family leave
  • Potential for flexible or remote work arrangements

Underfill Statement

This position may be filled at the Associate level depending on qualifications.

  • Research Area Specialist Intermediate salary range $60,000 – $65,000
  • Research Area Specialist Associate salary range $50,000 – $55,000

Additional Information

Term appointment through April 2025, with opportunities to extend contingent upon funding.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.





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