Research Administrator (CIRES Finance Department)

We are excited to accept applications for a new Research Administrator position in our Finance Department. As the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) team continues to grow, we have found a need for this new addition. Our objective is to facilitate research by providing high-quality pre-award and post-award administrative support to CIRES faculty and research employees. We collaborate with CU’s central offices to coordinate our research administration services which encompass all financial aspects of sponsored and non-sponsored funding for the Institute. As one of our financial administrators, you will provide professional post-award support services to CIRES Principal Investigators and research personnel. You will interact with CIRES staff and be a liaison to CU’s Procurement Service Center, Office of Contracts and Grants, the Campus Controller’s Office, the Research & Innovation Office, various departments on campus, and numerous external funding agencies. We will cross-train you in a variety of functions, including travel and purchasing services, and sponsored project post-award management.


Perform post-award duties including monthly account reconciliation, payroll assignments for project personnel, approve expense reports and purchase orders, purchase goods and services, request award extensions and supplemental funding requests. 

Review award terms and conditions, advise Principal Investigators and project personnel to ensure compliance with funding agency, federal, state, university and CIRES rules and regulations. 

Monitor expenditures for reasonableness, allowability and allocability.

Review and approve travel requests and prepare expense reports or travel reimbursements in compliance with university and sponsored project funding regulations. 

Provide staff support for travel logistics, questions and issues, working with the CIRES travel group to refine processes, research federal, state and university policies and communicate policy or process changes throughout the department. 

Provide staff support for purchasing logistics, questions and issues. Provide back-up support to the CIRES Procurement Card Approving Official in preparing, reviewing and submitting PCARD reports.

Provide excellent customer service to CIRES employees and associates, CIRES administration, business partners at the university and to external agencies.

What We Can Offer

A competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.


Bachelor's degree.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Application Materials

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1.A current resume. 

2.A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.


You will not be asked to upload references at this time.


Please apply by 12/3/2019 for consideration.


Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Date Posted

Friday, November 15, 2019 to Tuesday, December 3, 2019