Cancer Center Jobs

Contract & Grant Pre-Award Analyst

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

January 20, 2023
The University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCDCCC) is a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, and an Organized Research Unit (ORU) under the Office of Research. UCDCCC is a clinical and research enterprise consisting of over 228 faculty members from the Davis, Sacramento, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory campuses with research funding totaling $48M. 

Job Summary 

Final Filing Date                      

Salary Range                        
 $2,272 - $4,310.40

We offer exceptional employment benefits including medical, dental, and vision plans, generous paid vacations and holidays, excellent retirement savings and investment plans, continuing education, and reduced fee and scholarship programs. 



The Research Administrator is an integral member of the UCDCCC Administration team and reports to the Executive Director (ED) of the Office of Grant Development. The position provides high-level fiscal, analytical, and administrative support to the ED, CAO, Center Director, and Principal Investigators (PIs) engaged in cancer-related research.

Develop and manage new proposal budgets and budget justifications for Cancer Center member grant submissions to federal, state, and private agencies. Independently analyze and interpret grant proposals and contracts to ensure adherence to federal, state, foundation, and private regulations and ensure that financial transactions are recorded in accordance with GAAP. The Research Administrator analyzes programmatic needs and makes budget recommendations for research grant applications. Assist in implementing internal policies and procedures necessary to meet competing deadlines and ensure fiduciary compliance. Administer internal and external funded agreements including fund management, financial reporting, effort reporting, and programmatic support as needed.

The Research Administrator will conduct fiscal analyses and provide regulatory research, compliance oversight, and implementation within a complex and matrixed environment. Serves as liaison with the Office of Research, Accounting and Financial Services, and Divisions and Departments across UC Davis (UCD) to perform the fiscal and regulatory administration of extramural and intramural research.

This position requires the incumbent to exercise a high degree of professionalism, collaboration, and discretion, and possess an in-depth knowledge of university, campus, and UCDH financial and accounting policies, and pre-and post-award grant development processes. The incumbent should possess a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Additionally, the incumbent will exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills. A background in financial accounting is essential; degree in business/finance highly desirable. Certified Research Administration certification or intention to obtain certification desired.

Required Qualifications 

Extensive experience with pre-and post-award grant management.
Extensive experience using analytical and critical thinking skills to research and interpret data and policy, contribute to solutions, forecast the impact of potential actions, develop logical conclusions, and/or recommend solution.
Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Demonstrated financial accounting experience.
Demonstrated experience and/or skills to develop estimates and assumptions to support a budget.
Advanced experience and/or skills to develop and review complicated, multi-year, multi-funded projects budget in accordance with sponsor guidelines.
Demonstrated knowledge of grant funding processes and procedures.
Demonstrated experience and/or skills creating and formatting spreadsheets and databases using relative cell references and pivot tables for presentation.
Statistical skills to compile, analyze, and present financial data in a clear and concise format.

Preferred Qualifications 

Experience of at least 2 years working with grant proposals including budget creation for federal and state funding opportunities.
Experience with Cayuse SP/424, ASSIST, eRA Commons,, Kuali, DaFIS, PPS, OPTRS, DS, ehr, PeopleSoft, UC Path, etc.
Knowledge or ability to understand University fund accounting, generally accepted accounting principles and government auditing standards.
Degree in business administration/accounting.
CRA certification or intention to obtain certification.
Knowledge of University contracts/grants, financial, accounting and payroll policies and procedures.