Research Area Specialist Assoc
Company: College Engineering
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: January 16, 2020
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and
should be attached as the first page of the resume. The cover
letter should address why the candidate is interested in the
specific position and outline their skills and experiences that
directly relate to this position. Include at least three references
with contact data that can provide input on the candidate's
qualifications and experience.
The successful candidate is expected to provide administrative
support to the Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) Research
Center on a wide range of aspects, including interfacing with
sponsors, faculty researchers at multiple Universities, graduate
students and postdoctoral fellows.
The Center engages 22 PIs at eight major research institutions,
including the University of Michigan, and is charged with designing
and enabling the computing systems for the 2030 decade (
www.adacenter.org - twitter @ADA_Center). The Center is sponsored
by a consortium of DARPA and eleven industry sponsors, which
require both collective and individual engagements. The Center is
responsible for reporting regularly to the sponsors about its
research accomplishments, its financial expenditures, and
activities that support and guide the development of a research
community on the forward-looking computing systems that the Center
seeks to develop. Moreover, the Center organizes two symposia each
year, including a variety of activities (poster presentations,
demos, plenary sessions, panels and hackathons). Finally, one of
the key tenets of the Center is that its research output and impact
should far surpass the sum of its faculty's research - to this end
it seeks to promote and enable collaborations among the
researchers, and promote a rich flow of idea exchanges and
communication within the members of the Center. The ideal candidate
will support the ADA director in all the activities of the Center
described above, and will contribute toward the development of new
initiatives to promote the Center's excellence.
ADA began in January 2018 and is located in the College of
Engineering's Computer Science & Engineering Division. ADA is part
of the SRC/JUMP initiative (
https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2018-01-17 ) and is due to end
December 31, 2022.
Note: This is a term-limited position with funding through
12/31/2022. In addition, the position entails occasional evening
commitments, particularly surrounding annual and semi-annual
Michigan Engineering's vision is to be the world's preeminent
college of engineering serving the common good. This global
outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our
culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that,
together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information
about our vision, mission and values can be found at:
The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering
component of the University's comprehensive, five-year, DEI
strategic plan-with updates on our programs and resources dedicated
to ensuring a welcoming, fair, and inclusive environment-can be
found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity .
The ideal candidate will be responsible for coordinating the
activities entailed by the preparation of reporting documents to
the sponsors, by gathering input from the relevant parties,
assembling data and proof reading the final reports. They will be
working closely with the sponsors in addressing requests,
coordinating meetings, occasionally collaborating in the
organization of events. They will also track relevant data related
to students and their employment, research outputs of the center,
presentations and collaborative exchanges.
The individual in this position will be expected to understand the
operational aspects of the Center, support them, and contribute new
ideas to improve its reach and impact.
They should also contribute to supporting the financial and
budgeting aspects of the Center, and they should coordinate the
gathering of financial queries and reports to meet the business
needs of the Center.
The ideal candidate will also be responsible for the organization
of all aspects of the two yearly symposia, including schedule
planning, invitations, gathering of presentations, brainstorming of
session formats, and securing all spaces and resources.
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent and three years of directly
related experience are required. Key traits of the ideal candidates
- Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills with high
attention to detail, accuracy, diligence, and task focus
- Must be a self-starter, passionate and with high energy levels,
capable of working under time constraints and to meet
- Must be a quick-learner, capable of contributing ideas to the
Center's communications and organizational activities.
- Must have excellent communication skills, both oral and
written, and an ability to conveying information efficiently
- Ability to interact effectively and collaborate with others in
carrying out projects, including with both co-located and remote
collaborators. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel
and Powerpoint), Google Suite, Adobe PDF and general communication
media apps (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) is absolutely
essential. Candidates selected for interview will be asked to
provide written examples of their communication and organizational
skills. Prior career experience should include a minimum of three
years of experience in an administrative and/or research support
setting. Candidate should be knowledgeable in general accounting
standard and practices, or should demonstrate strong mathematical
skills to support the financial operation of the center.
The ideal candidate understands and values diversity and the
importance of inclusion, as demonstrated through a commitment to
apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and
opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
Experience managing and working with data sets related to students,
projects and PIs in the Center, conducting surveys, coordinating
the efforts of graduate and undergraduate students. Flexibility in
adopting software tools as needed to carry out the activities of
Highly qualified candidates who seek to work at 70-90% time will
also be considered.
Experience in event planning is desirable.
Knowledge of PeopleSoft or equivalent applications, Business
Objects, CONCUR, MReports, MPathways, student administration.
Working hours: 8am to 5pm, Mon-Fri
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This
job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the
minimum posting period has ended.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative
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