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Reopening CUE for the 2020-21 Academic Year


Research Administrator

Category: Staff
Closing Date: January 31, 2021

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) is a community of learning grounded in scholarship and academic freedom, preparing students to be independent thinkers, ethical leaders and citizens for the common good.

CUE campus situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton’s historic Highlands neighborhood. Supporting a student body of over 3,000, we are known for our small class sizes and our excellence in teaching. Our small classes and diverse student population provide an excellent opportunity for engaging with students in a sustained and nurturing way unique within the Canadian university system. CUE is an institution that values research in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and management.

CUE is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for work, study, and living. We actively promote dignity for all, rejecting action and language that are harmful to mutual respect.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice-President Research (AVPR), the Research Administrator is responsible for providing research administration services for the university, including identifying, promoting, and managing sponsored research grant opportunities. The Research Administrator promotes best practices of grant facilitation and coordination, and maintains current knowledge of the research funding landscape by monitoring resources, working with colleagues in the research administration community at post-secondary institutions, and liaising with sponsors and funding agencies.

The Research Administrator works with the AVPR in the development of key foundational aspects of the Research Office including procedures, policies, guidelines and processes. The Research Administrator facilitates and provides expert advice and guidance in the completion of research grant applications and supports the growth of the sponsored research enterprise at the university. The Research Administrator conducts the research trust compliance review process according to the institutional principles for the responsible use of research funds. The activities of this position support the goals of the Strategic Research Plan and reflect the objectives of institutional plans and the policies of sponsors, including the Tri-Agency, as well as other applicable regulatory structures. The position is based at Concordia University of Edmonton, in Edmonton, Alberta.


Key Responsibilities

  • Working at the Office of Research Services, provides expertise in the development, implementation, promotion, evaluation and delivery of services related to the institutional research
  • Acts as the first point of contact for research administration-related matters at the university.
  • Provides expert advice and guidance to faculty members and researchers in the identification of grant opportunities, and up-to-date information on funding opportunities.
  • Maintains an inventory of research opportunities available to the members of the university, as well as a database of external academic funding applications for the university.
  • Develops and retains in-depth knowledge and understanding of Tri-Agency, and other grant opportunities.
  • Prepares and delivers research grant program training sessions and workshops for major grant competitions.
  • Provides assistance to faculty members and researchers with the development, substantive review, and submission of external research grant applications.
  • Provides administrative oversight of sponsored research grants, including processing related expense claims, to ensure compliance with terms of awards and the principles for the responsible use of research funds.
  • Coordinates internal research grant and award processes, including providing support for adjudication processes and other activities of internal research
  • Assists in the organization of research-related events, including the Student Research Forum, the Faculty Research Symposium and the Student Research Café series.


Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this position will generally work remotely. If required to be on-campus, all CUE health and safety protocols and procedures must be followed. This includes wearing an appropriate face-covering in common areas while on campus, for the duration of each shift.



  • Master’s degree education, preferably in the Social Sciences or Humanities.
  • Two to five years of experience in research administration.
  • Experience in research in a post-secondary institution will be considered an asset
  • Strong knowledge of Canadian research funding agencies and programs, and their guidelines, policies, and procedures, including:
    • Major Tri-Agency grant funding programs.
    • Tri-Agency post award administration (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR).
    • Principles for responsible use of research funds.
    • TCPS 2 (2018).
    • Knowledge of Research Ethics processes.
  • Relevant experience in developing, reviewing, evaluating and editing research grant
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; experience delivering presentations and
  • Ability to work online and with reduced supervision.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, and with advanced skills in Excel), WordPress and Google suite (Docs, Drive, Meet).
  • Satisfactory Criminal Records Check results.


Closing Date: Application review will commence on February 1st, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


To apply, please include a cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Human Resources, Concordia University of Edmonton careers@concordia.ab.ca


Concordia University of Edmonton is an equal-opportunity employer. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.