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Job #: F606
Posted Date: September 1, 2017
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Director, Research Development
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Chief Science Officer
The Research Development function provides pre-application services to faculty and staff seeking outside sources of funding for their research. The department helps investigators identify appropriate avenues for research support, with primary focus on developing and coordinating multi-investigator research programs.
Position Description:

Reporting to the Vice President/Chief Science Officer (VP/CSO), in close collaboration with the faculty, senior management and leadership, administrators and faculty, the Director of Research Development plays a key role in the strategic planning process for developing and facilitating research at Salk, including collaborating on development of multi-million-dollar programs with a broad impact on the Institute.

The primary function of this role is strategic research advancement through a thorough understanding of Salk science, traditional and nontraditional funding avenues, complex proposal development, and communication to/ education of constituents about funding strategies how to obtain it.

Identifies opportunities for significant research initiatives and major funding opportunities and manages the timely preparation and submission of complex multidisciplinary grant proposals.

Responsible for grant writing, budget preparation, and fiscal management supervision. Provides high-level analytical support and interpretation of policy and processes to the VP/CSO, faculty and other key staff on a wide range of research issues.

Responsible for keeping well-informed about information technologies and research development activities at other research institutions, as well as universities and government entities and funding trends.

Assists the CSO with faculty funding initiatives both on the proposal development side and also by regularly meeting with the faculty and the CFO to ensure that funding and funding opportunities are regularly being evaluated and pursued to ensure ongoing research program viability.

Serves as the liaison between Grants Administration and investigators regarding complex, sensitive contract and grant issues that require academic judgment. Collects, reviews and analyzes all relevant information, consults with executive leadership, and communicates the results to Grants Administration and others, as appropriate.

Identifies opportunities for funding and matches them with Salk faculty research interests, focusing on program project grants, consortiums, training grants, and inter-institutional and interdisciplinary options.

Oversees an incentive program of approximately $100,000 in research funding.



  • PhD in a scientific, engineering or business discipline.
  • Minimum of eight years of grant funding experience in a research environment.
  • Demonstrated success in securing grant funding in a biological research environment, including experience in large, multi-investigator funding mechanisms.
  • Experience with state, federal and private-industry research funding agencies, processes and decision-making procedures.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining strategic alliances and partnerships between institutes and funding and government agencies.
  • Substantial experience in performing complex analyses of policies and programs related to broad research funding initiatives.
  • Extensive experience with contract and grant policies and issues and with external funding programs and requirements.
  • Experience in a management position in industry, government, higher education or a not-for-profit organization.
Special Requirements:
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule based on workload and deadlines.
  • Successful completion of the Institute‚Äôs background investigation.