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Grant and Research Development Manager in the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

  • Requisition no: 513578
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Manhattanville
  • School/Department: Zuckerman Institute
  • Grade: Grade 13
  • Categories: Administrative Support, General Administration
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

At Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, we believe that understanding how the brain works — and gives rise to mind and behavior — is the most urgent and exciting challenge of our time. Led by Rui Costa, DVM, PhD, and Nobel laureates Eric Kandel, MD, and Richard Axel, MD, we study critical aspects of the mind and brain, gaining insights that promise to benefit people and societies everywhere. The Zuckerman Institute interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scholars across the university and promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science. 

The Zuckerman Institute is seeking a uniquely qualified individual to join the Pre-Award and Research Development team. This is a unique opportunity for a candidate with a deep interest in neuroscience research and enthusiasm for working closely with investigators and research teams. This position may be especially attractive to Ph.D. recipients and postdoctoral scientists interested in transitioning to a research administration career.

Reporting to the Director of Pre-award and Research Development, the Grant and Research Development Manager will be responsible for assisting principal investigators and trainees in the writing, editing, and strategic planning of individual grants and fellowships, as well as complex, multi-investigator, and multi-institutional grant proposals.  


  • Partner with the Director to acquire and maintain knowledge of the research priorities of individual faculty members as well as ongoing collaborations at the Institute;
  • Utilize scientific background and research experience to identify funding opportunities for individual labs and trainees, as well as potential collaborations within and beyond the Institute; Provide strategic guidance for targeting and pursuing relevant funding opportunities;
  • Along with the Director, work with leadership and faculty to develop, prepare, and submit large team-science grant applications for Institute investigative teams; advise investigators on proposal content and organization; assist with updates across the application as the science and research aims change; contribute to writing, formatting, and figure editing;
  • Guide and advise junior faculty, postdoctoral scientists, and students with their research grant, career development award, and fellowship application submissions by ensuring that their proposals are clear, concise, and compelling through writing and editing assistance;
  • Assist Director and Institute leadership with writing and editing compelling research statements for faculty prize nominations;
  • Create and maintain online descriptions for facilities and resources descriptions as well as grant component templates according to sponsor policies to provide standards for and foster the submission of complete and thorough applications
  • Manage timelines and the overall progression of submissions to ensure the completion of high quality, compliant proposal applications responsive to specified Funding Opportunity Announcements; escalates issues requiring attention to the Director.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including special projects, in line with the team’s mission.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree, with a minimum of 4 years related experience required. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in proposal writing at a higher education institution and/or in a biomedical science research setting.
  • Requires a highly organized, enthusiastic, and personable individual with strong writing and presentation skills as well as previous grant writing/submission experience.
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret complex scientific and technical data is required.
  • Requires flexibility and time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize among a large number of diverse responsibilities.
  • Must be able to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment as well as work collaboratively and adapt to changing processes and procedures.
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills required.
  • Capability to work both independently and as a team member, ability to multi-task and respond professionally in challenging situations is essential.
  • Ph.D. in a basic biological science highly desired. History of related proposal development and/or grant writing experience. Recent Ph.D. recipients and postdoctoral researchers in neuroscience (and related fields) that are interested in transitioning to a career in Research Administration are welcome to apply for this position. A knowledge of neuroscience and enthusiasm for working closely with investigators and trainees strongly preferred.

Cover letter and two (2) scientific writing samples required to be considered.


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