Brown University — Research Development & Support Specialist

Job Description:

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

The Research Development Specialist is a member of the Office of Research Strategy and Development (ORSD). The purpose of ORSD is to catalyze creative scholarship by empowering individuals and teams to lead strategic research endeavors with global impact. The group works with faculty, the Vice President for Research and other Brown leaders to provide research leadership, build research capacity and enable federal funding for research at Brown. Our group offers strategic planning and team support for collaborative research proposals;  identifies and disseminates federal funding opportunities, consults with individual faculty on their proposal development strategies, manages competitive and/or limited submission processes; develops and maintains relationships with mission-driven federal funding agencies; and helps connect and leverage Brown’s research investments across the university to help coordinate and optimize new federally funded research.

Reporting to the Senior Director of the Office of Research Strategy and Development, the Research Development Specialist will support the research goals of faculty in the physical sciences and the School of Engineering at Brown University.


  • Support and assist investigators (in assigned area of responsibility) in the preparation of large-scale, multidisciplinary proposals.
  • Identify potential relevant funding opportunities (both large scale and individual).  Within given area of responsibility, connect faculty researchers with opportunities of interest (RFPs) at funding agencies and facilitate connections between interested faculty researchers and agency personnel.
  • Understand research strengths and capabilities within assigned area of responsibility.  Identify researchers well positioned to respond to identified funding opportunities. Identify potential collaborations within Brown to capitalize and expand on existing strengths.
  • Develop educational workshops and other opportunities for strengthening faculty research capabilities.


  • Graduate degree;  STEM field preferred and at least 3+ years of related experience in a university or research institute or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Competencies:

  • Microsoft and Google suite tools; competent with spreadsheets and databases
  • Ability to work independently, coordinating and prioritizing multiple projects as well as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and customer service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to make effective presentations
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team

Cover letter and resume required.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

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Research Development & Support Specialist

Office of Research Strategy and Development

Grade 10

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Full time

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Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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