International Research Specialist

University of Saskatchewan

Primary Purpose: To provide operational and strategic assistance to enhance the international research and development success of University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) faculty and research staff to meet the goals of the International Blueprint for Action 2025 and the UN Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). To assist faculty with the development of successful funding proposals for international research and development projects, to manage the University of Saskatchewan’s participation in major international research and development funding programs, and to promote possibilities for partnerships and initiatives important to the University of Saskatchewan and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Director, International Office, this position supports researchers by identifying funding opportunities, communicating complex, specialized information on major research funding programs, research policies, and budgetary and project management activities in the area of international research. This position requires an in-depth knowledge of international research funding opportunities in order to effectively assist researchers with proposal development, ensuring that each proposal supports the strategic directions of the University of Saskatchewan. This position acts as an interface between researchers, granting agency representatives, the International Office, and the units for Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives (RASI), Research Excellence and Innovation (REI), Research Profile and Impact (RPI), Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (TLSE) Division, and the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS). Together with these units, the incumbent will assist in research grant and contract integration, so successful proposals and applicants are celebrated and recognized through the unit for Research Profile and Impact. The position will assist with initiating and developing research collaborations, application strategies, project design and management, as required, to enhance and align USask research with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This position will work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a variety of integrated team environments.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities: 

  • Work with Principal Investigators, research teams, college-based research facilitators, International Office colleagues, teams for Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives, Research Excellence and Innovation, and Research Profile and Impact, to improve the quality, quantity and success rate of the University’s international research funding opportunities. 
  • Have a working knowledge and understanding of the international research landscape, the UN SDGs, the international funding arena, research administration policies, trends and potential research funding opportunities for the University; active participation, leadership, and collaboration in the development of strategy and operational plans to optimize the use of these programs. Knowledge of the US and European funding arena would be a bonus.
  • Liaise with international funding agencies to gain expert knowledge and to develop productive relationships, communicate and coordinate these efforts with relevant academic and administrative teams including managing an internal solicitation and adjudication process. 
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with external organizations for the purposes of developing international research cooperation, sustainable development and community service initiatives.
  • Effectively communicate expert knowledge of relevant research funding opportunities to the University community through a number of communication channels including the organization of information sessions and conversation circles.
  • Support international proposal development and budget justification, manage institutional application accounts and submissions, as well as collaborate with other units to ensure a smooth transition to post-award administration and project management.
  • Maximize the success of large international strategic funding opportunities and research initiatives by taking a leadership role in supporting cross-disciplinary linkages, strong partnerships and networks between colleges and with external collaborators, including community and international partners. 
  • Work in collaboration and coordination with academic and administrative units across campus by establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with these units and through active participation in the Research Support Forum, Tri-Agency Facilitator Meetings, and other working groups as required. 
  • Work closely with the Associate Deans Research, whose role and responsibility is to achieve research success for their College, to ensure operationalization and implementation of strategic initiatives in the area of internationalization. 
  • Work with the International Operations Committee, College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Division, Registrarial Services, Language Centre, and Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning to develop strategies and support systems for international special programs.
  • Participate in and assist with International Research Mentorship activities for faculty, staff and students.
  • Support and administer the internal International Project and Travel Grants funded by the International Blueprint for Action.
  • Assist exchange activities between USask academic and administrative units and international visiting faculty and staff members.
  • Support the development of briefing notes on specific countries, institutions, research areas, etc. as required.
  • Support institutional and/or unit-led events as required.

Graduate degree (MA, MSc, MBA, PhD, etc.)

Experience: Minimum three years of experience working in a research environment in a university setting; experience with interdisciplinary programs, proposal development, international granting agencies, scientific writing, international project management, and finance, as well as a broad knowledge of academic structure and culture, SDGs and the international, national and regional research funding environment; and advanced knowledge of research policies and processes at the University of Saskatchewan would be considered assets. The ideal candidate will demonstrate hands on experience with International Funding Institutions in regard to successful proposal development and the management of large international projects.

Skills: Proven effective interpersonal, mentoring, management, organizational, and financial skills; demonstrated ability to deliver proactive, user-oriented services; excellent communication skills; proven track record in negotiation and international project management together with exemplary proposal drafting and editing skills as well as strong critical and analytical abilities; ability to exercise judgment, tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality; ability to manage competing interests and project deadlines; ability to work independently; and knowledge of and proficiency with relevant computer applications; meticulous attention to detail; and creative problem solving skills. Possess cross-cultural competencies. In addition, the ideal candidate would be multi-lingual.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Andrea Eccleston at [email protected] .

Department: International Office


Employment Group:

Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30

Full Time Equivalent (FTE):

The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $64,107.00 – 100,169.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Family (if applicable):
Specialist Professional

Salary Phase/Band:
Phase 2

Posted Date:

Closing Date:
1/17/2023 at 6:00 pm CST
Number of Openings:
Work Location: On Campus

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Please review the University of Saskatchewan’s health and safety requirements for faculty, staff andstudents in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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