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Research Officer (12-month contract)

Category: Staff
Closing Date: February 11, 2019

Reporting to the Assistant Vice-president Academic (AVPA), the Research Officer (RO) is responsible for identifying, promoting, and managing sponsored research grant opportunities. The RO promotes best practices of grant facilitation and coordination, and maintains current knowledge of the research funding landscape by monitoring resources, working with members of the university research administration professional community, and liaising with sponsors and funding agencies. The Research Officer works with the AVPA in the development of key foundational aspects of the Research Office including procedures, policies, and processes. The RO 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 activities of this position support and reflect the objectives of institutional plans and the policies of the Tri-Agency, as well as other applicable regulatory structures.

Key Responsibilities

  • Directs the overall activities of the Office of Research Services, providing direction and expertise in the development, implementation, promotion, evaluation, and delivery of services related to the institutional research enterprise.
  • Provides expert advice and guidance to faculty in the identification of grant opportunities and providing up-to-date information on funding opportunities, in terms of program objectives, policies/guidelines, evaluation criteria, and the requirements of research funding agencies and the institution.
  • Provides assistance to faculty with the development, substantive review, and submission of external research grant applications; providing administrative oversight of sponsored research grants.
  • Develops and retains in-depth knowledge and understanding of Tri-Agency, and other grant opportunities; keeps up-to date on research funding programs, deadlines, application guidelines, policies/procedures and regulations.
  • Liaises with other business units at CUE as needed with respect to funding applications and to develop efficient and effective workflow processes.
  • Managing and coordinating the submission of final activity reports of institutional grants to funding agencies.
  • Managing and coordinating institutional grant applications to Tri-Agency agencies.
  • Managing and coordinating internal research grant and award processes including adjudication; supporting the activities of internal research committees.
  • Preparing and delivering research grant program training sessions and workshops for major grant competitions; organizing and executing research related events, poster presentations.
  • Actively participate and collaborate in the development of institutional and strategic planning including contributing to institutional reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree would be considered an asset.
  • A minimum of 2 – 5 years of experience in research services in a university.
  • Relevant experience in developing, reviewing, evaluating, and editing research grant proposals.
  • Strong knowledge of Canadian research funding agencies and programs, including guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience delivering presentations and workshops.

Closing Date: Application review will commence February 11, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Concordia is an equal-opportunity employer. Candidates must be able to successfully pass an employment security check. Please note that this role is a 12-month contract.

Please forward your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations in confidence to:

Human Resources
Concordia University of Edmonton
7128 Ada Boulevard
Edmonton, AB T5B 4E4

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.