Career Opportunities

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Research Administration Services (RAS) supports the research and scholarly activities of FAS faculty in collaboration with research and administrative staff.  RAS support areas include: 1) Strategic services for faculty seeking grant funding; 2) Sponsored research proposal development, review, award and financial management; 3) Creation, implementation and upkeep of research policy, systems, and procedures; 4) Professional development of researchers and research administrators; 5) Research integrity guidance; 6) Compliance monitoring and audit support; and 7) Administrative staffing for the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS - University IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Committee on Research Policy (CRP), Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC). 

You can apply for the positions listed below thru ASPIRE, Harvard University’s online recruitment management system for all staff positions.




Research Development Officer (Req # 41865BR)


Reporting to the Director of Research Development and Strategy, provide support for matching faculty and program research areas with funders’ interests, and proposal development efforts for FAS and SEAS faculty with an end toward increasing proposal competitiveness and securing sponsored funding.  Responsible for developing grantsmanship strategies, tools, and resources to support faculty efforts to secure sponsored funding. Anticipates and resolves problems and maintains positive and effective relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders to further the research development agenda across multiple fronts. S/he will work on a broad range of Research Development programs and initiatives.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct customized funding opportunity searches for individual faculty members in FAS and SEAS using relevant databases. Provide support and strategic guidance for targeting and pursuing relevant funding opportunities.
  • Establish one-on-one relationships with assigned new faculty members in FAS and SEAS and provide extensive funding identification and proposal development support to them, particularly in first few years following their Harvard appointment.
  • Help them create an overarching funding plan based on knowledge of sponsors and relevant funding opportunities.
  • Monitor funding opportunities in specific research domains and disseminate to subscribers on a regular basis.
  • Monitor federal and foundation funding trends in specific research domains and share relevant information with RD team and others as necessary.
  • Monitor grant-related policy changes and updates and serve as a resource for this type of information.   
  • Design proposal development resources, including templates that can be adapted by faculty for various components of federal and private funding applications. Develop timelines and tools that faculty can use to manage their research portfolios and grant applications.
  • Develop and/or facilitate grantsmanship programming for faculty and researchers, including one on one sessions, workshops and seminars. 
  • Assist with the development of inter-departmental, multi-disciplinary, innovative research proposals and, in collaboration with the Director of Research Development and Strategy, Divisional Deans’ Offices and department staff, support proposal submission for major projects.
  • With the Director, establish key metrics and monitor success of key Research Development initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required; three plus years research development experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five or more years of relevant experience preferred in a sponsored research or research development environment. Graduate degree preferred.  Experience with a wide variety of sources of grant funding, including private foundations and smaller independent funders. Knowledge of NSF, NEH, NIH, DOE, DoD and other federal funding programs and federal funding mechanisms, policies, and practices is desirable. Outstanding communication skills (oral & written) as well as problem-solving, analytical, project management, and superior customer service skills. Experience building and maintaining successful working relationships with faculty from a variety of research domains; ability to build relationships with departmental, divisional and School level administrators, and external sponsors. Demonstrated ability to work independently and think strategically. Strong computer skills preferred, including MS Office Suite and online research tools. Harvard experience preferred.