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 Coordinators

Financial Assistants

Financial Coordinators

Financial Officers

Grants Development Officer

Project Coordinators

Project Managers  

Subaward Administrators

Strategic Transaction Officers