Research Project Manager

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - CHAPEL HILL   Chapel Hill, NC   Full-time     Management
Posted on September 20, 2022
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Research Project Manager

Position Number: 20040217

Vacancy ID:  NF0006281

Department: Renaissance Computing Inst-637100Renaissance Computing Inst - 637100

Classification/Appointment Type:  EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE):  1

Full Time/Part Time Permanent/Time Limited: 

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:  

Hours Per Week:  40

Job Code ID:  Research Project Manager

Salary Shown to Applicants (Hiring Range):  $67,000-$80,000

Salary Grade Equivalency:  

FLSA Designation:  Exempt

Duties Exempt:  Yes

Department Description:  

Are you ready to go beyond the state of the art? 
At the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), we use data, creativity, and inclusive teaming to revitalize how science is done. Fostering data science expertise and creating cyberinfrastructure isn’t just about solving known problems – it’s about expanding human potential by unlocking data. 
We need innovators, builders, strategists, technologists, architects, and creative thinkers across all domains to drive this work forward. When you join our team, you’ll: 
-Spend your time solving the interesting and unique problems of research and development. 
-Shape your future through experimentation and unfettered access to premier education and research.
-Make connections to people and projects that ignite your passion. 
We know that diversity of people and ideas is a cornerstone of innovation, and we work to ensure our culture reflects that knowledge. We provide the tools you need to do your job effectively; we offer flexibility so you can be the most productive version of you; and we encourage thoughtful and challenging discourse. 

Join our research institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today and help us spark a scientific renaissance across the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and beyond.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:  

RENCI is seeking an experienced Research Project Manager to report to its Project Management Office. This position will be responsible for managing one or more highly complex research and team science coordination projects funded by NIH, NSF, and/or other federal and state government organizations.

Incumbent will manage day-to-day operations for these projects in collaboration with RENCI Pl’s to 
 include scheduling meetings, running meetings, taking notes, capturing and tracking action items, 
 communicating with all teams, and maintaining project tracking tools, documents, and other artifacts.
The candidate will develop project management strategy, supporting business cases, detailed project plans and manage project execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, reporting, and scope in collaboration with PIs and, as applicable, Senior Research Project Managers.
Incumbent should be a highly motivated, detail-oriented strategic thinker, a team player, and a demonstrated problem solver; and show an ability to make decisions. Tasks include:
 - Monitoring and tracking project milestones and deliverables.
 - Recognizing areas for internal improvement and developing plans for implementing updated or 
 new processes and methods to facilitate project outcomes.
 - Conferring with project personnel to identify and resolve problems.
 - Working with RENCI Finance and RENCI Pl’s to develop project budgets and supervising project 
 resources to assure projects stay on track and within budget.
 - Providing program management to include strategic planning, communications, outreach to 
 funded collaborators and project sponsors to help manage team relations. 
 - Coordination of multiple cross-consortium groups and activities.
 - Working with RENCI teams to write reports and providing additional project management for the 
 RENCI proposal process to include tracking and gathering of required materials and creation of 
 final documents.
 - Supporting event planning to execute events related to funded projects (workshops, hack-a thons, training events, and cross team multi-institutional meetings).

Position may include a community engagement and coordination focus, a program management focus, or a combination thereof.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:  

Project Planning and Management:
 - Ability to plan and manage large, multi-faceted and specialized projects and assist with project 
 - Ability to analyze and report project risks and to recommend risk mitigation measures.
 - Ability to manage day to day business operations of a project.
 - Proven ability to lead complex project initiatives, develop and implement program strategies, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
 - Ability to assist with the research, development, and execution of proposals including internal and external communications (written and oral) and client engagement.
- Ability to constructively engage research project staff to facilitate project outcomes.
 - Ability to understand internal workings of the department in relation to the external expectations of the clients and stakeholders.
 - Ability to establish and maintain a variety of positive and constructive working relationships.
 - Ability to assist in developing proposals, including gathering requisite documentation and determining budgets required, is a plus.
 - Ability to edit and analyze scientific and technical informational materials or content.
 - Ability to write according to correct English usage and appropriate style guide or accepted industry standards.
 - Ability to assist with routine project reporting.

 - Ability to use and incorporate various hardware and software packages in support of project 
 - Familiarity with a range of project management tools, particularly online tools including Jira and/or
 - Ability to research and identify relevant new technologies and make recommendations for use and purchase.

Education Requirements:  

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Qualifications and Experience:  

Prefer three years’ experience in project management and/or program coordination and organization. PMP Certification is a plus. Experience with federally funded projects is a plus.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:  

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Department Contact Name and Title:  Jordan Todd, Sr. HR Consultant

Department Contact Telephone or Email:

Posting Open Date:  09/16/2022

Posting Close Date:  09/29/2022

Open Until Filled:  No

Office of Human Resources Contact Information:  If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.