Brown University — Research Operations Coordinator

Job Description:

About Brown 

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world. Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity

The Office of the Vice President for Research advances the research enterprise at Brown by supporting faculty and students in all aspects of their research activities from the conception of new ideas through the dissemination of the knowledge they create. We help fund new funding opportunities, prepare proposals, comply with regulations, manage awards, and commercialize research discoveries.


Reporting to and working closely with the Administrative Operations Manager, the Research Operations Coordinator provides specialized support for various departments in the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR). In completing assigned responsibilities, the Coordinator utilizes understanding of those areas’ core processes and how they support the University, department directors, staff, faculty and other constituents with whom the departments interact.  A variety of administrative functions are assigned for each department the role supports with each individual department specifically training the employee in the specific knowledge needed to perform that department’s assigned work functions. Such administrative and operations tasks can include data entry, meeting/event scheduling, preparation of written materials, and organizing schedules. The Coordinator assists directors with discrete deadline-driven projects and organizes associated materials as needed. They provide high quality customer service to internal faculty and staff as well as external constituents.  Performing a variety of administrative tasks, the employee must have strong interpersonal skills and a keen ability to organize their work, manage multiple priorities, and discretely handle confidential information.  


Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 1-2years relevant experience, or the equivalent combination of education/work experience
  • Excellent organizational skills, able to work independently with little direct supervision, attention to detail
  • Basic knowledge of the Google Suite and Zoom
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint; basic knowledge of Adobe


  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient computer skills – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, website updates, Zoom, and the Google suite
  • Willingness to learn grants management and other platforms/databases used to support research
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize concurrent activities amidst multiple interruptions
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • Effectively completes work independently but works well in a team environment
  • Requires a high level of discretion in handling very sensitive documents and confidential information
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment

Additional Information
Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and (once eligible) a booster before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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Job Posting Title:
Research Operations Coordinator

Office of the Vice President for Research

Grade 8

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Full time

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Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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EEO Statement:
Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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