Office of Research & Engagement

UT Knoxville


Employment Opportunities

The UT Office of Research and Engagement currently has the following employment opportunities. Click on the link associated with the position to view the description and application instructions on the UT Human Resources website.

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

This position will assume overall responsibility for the University of Tennessee’s proposal, negotiation, and execution of grant and contract functions.This position will also stay abreast of policies and procedures pertaining to research administration and ensure that information is provided to University faculty, staff, and administrators.


Biological Safety Specialist

This position reports to the UT Biological Safety Officer (BSO) and provides support for the development, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive Biological Safety Program for the Knoxville campus (UTK), Institute of Agriculture campus (UTIA) including the state-wide Research and Education Centers (RECs), College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and Graduate School of Medicine (GSM/UTMCK).


Business Manager, Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM)

The Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for a full-time Business Manager. This position manages all budget, financial, and human resources activities for the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM). JIAM is an umbrella organization that houses and helps to support research activities and foster interdisciplinary collaborations of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students across a number of departments and colleges.


Contract Coordinator – Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a Contract Coordinator who will be primarily responsible for reviewing and negotiating industry and international contracts and will also review and negotiate contracts from federal, state and local government sponsors.


Contract Manager – Office of Sponsored Programs

This position exists to support the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


Director – Faculty Development Team

The Director of FDT leads the team to promote and develop faculty research and scholarly development at UT to support UT’s goal to become a Top 25 public research university. The FDT’s approach is holistic and personalized, assisting faculty in identifying external funding opportunities, learning the skills of crafting competitive proposals, preparing proposals, and coordinating the development of interdisciplinary faculty research groups. The Director will provide the overall vision for the development and implementation of high quality, innovative programs.


Director – Research Development Team

The Director of RDT is responsible for the coordination of a beginning-to-end, team approach for major strategic and/or large-scale research proposals and projects at UT to support UT’s goal to become a Top 25 public research university.


IRB Compliance Specialist (Admin Specialist III)

This position will primarily provide administrative support to researchers before, during, and after Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions within the Office of Research & Engagement (ORE).


Lead Data Analyst

The Office of Research & Engagement at the University of Tennessee (UT) seeks applications for a Lead Data Analyst for its Research Informatics (RI) unit. This unit is responsible for providing data relative to the research enterprise including mining information from award and proposal databases; tracking proposal success rates and award totals; analyzing changes in funding support; and identifying trends in the university’s research performance.


Manager, Strategic Research Initiatives

This position reports to the Director of the Research Development Team (RDT) within the Office of Research and Engagement. This position is a first-line, go-to ORE staff contact for Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) actions related to their proposal preparation and submission, as they work on 1) proposals of diverse scope which requires a thorough understanding of complex regulations and 2) complex proposals that will involve multiple investigators and/or multiple sub-awards.


Sponsored Programs Administrator – Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks three, full-time Sponsored Programs Administrator to assist faculty and staff in the preparation of applications for external funding and award/contract processing. OSP strives to provide the highest quality of support to faculty, staff, and research administrators.

For a complete list of open positions, visit the UT HR Recruitment website.


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