Career Paths

Research Administration at MIT

What Is Research Administration?

Research Administration is a profession that is often difficult to explain – we support the research at MIT, and are often involved in:

  • Proposal Development (finding & interpreting opportunities and submission guidelines)
  • Budgeting and Planning (direct & indirect costs, forecasting, cost sharing, under-recovery, salary limits)
  • Communication (proactive and effective, coordinating efforts, networking with colleagues, explaining)
  • Project Management (set and manage priorities, manage tasks and timelines, coordinate dependencies)
  • Financial Management (payroll distributions, monitor and reconcile charges, budget management, subaward management, closeouts)
  • Award Administration (policy Interpretation
  • Compliance (Managing Conflicts of Interest, Animal Care, Human Subjects, EHS)
  • Student Development
  • Systems Development

Why be a Research Administrator at MIT?

  • “Big diversity in the type of work done, opportunities to learn new things”
  • “Helping people, faculty and researchers, who dream up these great ideas”
  • “Seeing inventions from MIT used all over the world and connecting to that personally (how we helped)”
  • “Great to work with students”
  • “Access to a vast pool of talented individuals; an army of people that will help answer questions”

Some Of The Research Administration Positions At MIT:

Administrative Assistants

Administrative Officers

Contract Administrators

Contract Specialists

Financial Administrators

Financial Analysts

Financial Assistants

Financial Officers

Grants Development Officer

Project Coordinators

Project Managers  

Subaward Administrators

Strategic Transaction Officers