Research Development Specialist (proposal development, strategy, grant writing, editing, and training)

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Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A broad, interdisciplinary base of understanding in STEM fields and ability to interact in meaningful way with faculty in these disciplines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working-relationships with a variety of persons
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to write/present a compelling story 
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in a service-oriented way, with dedication, follow-through, and team spirit
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, critical analysis, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of data 
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as a self-starter, and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to various situations and proceed in most effective way
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Fluency in relevant technology/platforms (e.g., Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google docs, Google sheets, Google slides, file sharing services, funding opportunity databases, event and survey platforms, etc.)



  • Advanced degree in a related field and/or 5+ years of relevant experience preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in proposal development for various funders (e.g., NSF, DOE, NASA, etc.) 
  • Demonstrated expertise in grant writing (i.e., correct, clear, concise, and compelling writing)
  • Demonstrated experience with preparing PIs and proposal teams leading up to an opportunity
  • Prior experience working in an academic environment with teams, faculty, and staff 
  • Knowledge of sponsor guidelines and pre-award proposal processes



  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds 
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds. 
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others. 
  • On-campus mobility.


* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Why Stanford is for You
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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