Senior Research Scientist (grant writer)

Job Summary: The School of Biological Sciences is seeking to recruit a Senior Research Scientist to support activities of the Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection (CMDI). CMDI is a new research unit at GT, with the mission to transform the study and sustainable control of microbial dynamics in contexts of human and environmental health. The Senior Research Scientist will be responsible for supporting faculty, early career researchers, and graduate students associated within CMDI, and will be supervised by Dr. Sam Brown.

Responsibilities: The key responsibilities will be to assist students, postdocs, and faculty in writing proposals, with a focus on student NIH NRSA, NSF GRFP and NASA NESSF / NPP proposals. This will include conducting regular training workshops (three per year); providing applicants with supporting materials, including guidelines and writing samples; creating and curating a comprehensive set of template documents for each proposal section; assisting applicants and their sponsors to access appropriate institutional resources and information including RCR and FCOI training, professional development resources, and OSP resources; performing miscellaneous individualized assistance such as proofreading, editing, critique of persuasive writing methods, and optimizing data display and graphics. In addition, the research scientist will assist PI members of CMDI with grant proposals (prioritizing multi-PI awards). This will include searches for funding opportunities; coordinating large and small faculty groups to gather written sections and required information to complete submissions efficiently; drafting background sections, personal statements and letters of recommendation; vetting proposal drafts; submitting final documents. In addition to the grant and fellowship focus, the research scientist will also assist Center researchers and personnel through creation or optimization of scientific figures, information and PR graphics, poster or slide presentations, and Center newsletter and website publications.

Required Documents to Attach: CV / resume, List of references, Letter of Interest

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: This type of research requires a high level of knowledge such as a Master's or PhD in the life sciences (with preference for a field related to microbiology); Five to seven years job related experience (including time in PhD). In addition to experience working with funding agencies including NIH, NSF, DOD, NASA or private foundations. Experience writing and editing grant proposals and creating scientific figures and graphics.

To Apply: Go to , then search job ID 223479

Review of applications will begin Feb 22nd, and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information: For informal inquiries, please contact Sam Brown, Director of CMDI ( For application issues, please contact Maria Avdonina,