Academic Coordinator 1- Training Grant Administrator
The 100% Academic Coordinator position in the College of Biological Sciences, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, and Center for Neuroscience, will assist with coordination and management of two NIH-funded institutional training programs (Basic Neuroscience, and Learning, Memory and Plasticity Training programs). These programs draw students from multiple graduate programs at UC Davis.
The Training Program in Basic Neuroscience T32 Institutional NRSA sponsored by the Ruth L. Kirchstein Institutional Pre-doctoral Training Program, Pl Marty Usrey, provides students a broad training in the fundamental principles of neuroscience. Over eighty faculty members from the College of Biological Sciences, College of Letters and Science, and School of Medicine participate in the training program. This T32program has been funded since 2007 and supports 4 pre-doctoral trainees. The training program is administratively housed within the Center for Neuroscience in the College of Biological Sciences.
The Training Program in Learning, Memory and Plasticity T32 Institutional NRSA sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, PI Kim McAllister, prepares students in modern approaches to multidisciplinary research in learning, memory, and plasticity, across disciplines (cell/molecular, systems, behavior, cognitive) and scales (multiple types of animal models and humans). This T32 is starting its 3rd year of funding and supports 7 pre-doctoral trainees. The grant will be submitted for competitive renewal in spring of 2021 and the coordinator will have a major responsibility in supporting this submission. Both training programs require support from the academic coordinator for program development and implementation, compliance monitoring, and supervision and submission of yearly evaluation and progress reports.
I. COORDINATION OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (85%) Responsibility for the administration and coordination of the Training Programs.
Curriculum and mentoring Responsibilities in this category include coordinating core training activities with the Training Program Directors, members of the Program Executive Committee, and faculty trainers; informal mentoring of graduate student trainees, including helping trainees plan research presentations; facilitating additional training activities, travel to scientific conferences, and coordinating retreats/program events; enhancing social media presence forT32 program related activities; and providing operational and logistics support to the PIs for online course development.
Program administration and management The academic coordinator works with the T32 Pls to coordinate assessment of the training program; drafts annual reports to the National Institutes of Health and other reports, as needed; provide major support for the writing and preparation for training-related grant applications; organize research seminars, workshops, conferences, and an annual retreat sponsored by the training program; and monitor the training program budget and the accounts. The coordinator will also support neuroscience faculty with submitting new training grants.
Outreach The academic coordinator has responsibility for coordinating recruiting and admissions activities for the training programs. A major focus of this position will be in running our NIED (Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity) program and innovating new opportunities to increase the recruitment and retention of under-represented groups. In addition, the academic coordinator represents the training program at national meetings and conferences; maintains a presence for the training program on its web site; acts as a liaison with other T32 training programs at UC Davis and nationally; and coordinates training activities with other UC Davis units, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The academic coordinator also will manage and maintain the training programs' web pages.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10%)
The academic coordinator will participate in professional and service activities as needed, including attending conferences.
Ill. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%) The candidate will participate in the administration of their units and the University through appropriate roles in governance and policy formulation. The candidate will participate in service activities on UC Davis and National committees. In addition, they may represent the University in their special capacity as scholars during the discharge of their responsibilities.
Basic Qualifications: Background of academic training and/or experience. Master's or equivalent or other appropriate degree required Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and execute primary support responsibilities. Effective interpersonal communication skills to maintain an effective, positive and cooperative relationship with staff, students, faculty, co-workers, public and outside contractors.
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. or other appropriate degree preferred Familiarity with NIH training grants Experience preparing grant proposals Experience administrating an academic program Experience writing program progress reports Experience with administration of the program financial budget
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