Scientific Grant Writer Opening at UNC NRI

Nutrition Research Institute

Position Summary:  The scientific grant writer will work with UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) faculty researchers to develop grant applications and rewrite existing proposals for resubmission or submission to alternative funders/mechanisms.  He or she will also research and identify funding opportunities for NRI researchers, and collaborate with Institute leadership and researchers to develop multi-disciplinary proposals to support NRI research and program activities.

Principal Functions:

1)     Work collaboratively with faculty members to develop and submit new and revised grant proposals.  The primary duty of this position will be to edit and rewrite proposals and provide feedback to faculty researchers on how to strengthen their grant applications.  The scientific grant writer will work with our researchers to create a strategic approach for each proposal. He or she will review and edit draft proposals for completeness and responsiveness in accordance with RFP guidelines and review criteria to ensure high quality nationally competitive proposals that align with funders’ missions and interests.

2)     Lead the creation of cohesive proposals using sections contributed by various collaborators and assure that the complex applications are synthesized into coherent wholes and are in ‘one’ voice. Review and edit scientific and non-scientific portions of complex proposals for content and grammar.

3)     Execute extensive research to identify foundation, corporate, and government grant opportunities that support the programs, activities, and initiatives relating to the NRI mission. Develop an in-depth understanding of the criteria and priorities applicable to each granting program, and provide informed recommendations as to the appropriate funding leads to pursue.

Educational Requirements and Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, writing, natural or physical sciences, or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired is required. A minimum of 3 years of experience with competitive proposal development, writing, or reviewing required. Candidate must demonstrate evidence of science or bio-medical technical writing skills. A writing sample, preferably a funding proposal or grant submission, is required.  This position requires a strong ability to be self-directed, with effective time management and organizational skills. The ideal candidate will have successful grant writing experience in higher education.  Preference will be given to candidates with a background in nutrition, genetics, molecular biology and/or biochemistry.  A master’s degree or higher in an applicable field is desired. Salary range from $45,000 to $65,000, depending on experience.

About the Nutrition Research Institute: The NRI is located on the 350-acre North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina, 14 miles from Charlotte NC (2 hours from Chapel Hill). The 125,000-square-foot building houses a broad variety of laboratory and research spaces, clinical facilities, offices, and meeting areas. Research at the NRI focuses on the underlying mechanisms for individual differences in metabolism and nutrient requirements. Current NRI faculty members study the role of epigenetics in progenitor cell proliferation, effects of diet on DNA and histone methylation, energy metabolism, 1-carbon metabolism, and obesity. NRI research is complemented by research programs from several other universities on the North Carolina Research Campus and by the state of the art vivarium and stellar genomics and microscopy instrumentation in the David Murdock core laboratory building. Please visit www.uncnri.org for more information about the UNC Nutrition Research Institute.

Only online applications will be accepted. Please apply at https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/31842

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