Research Facilitator, Natural Sciences

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Research Facilitator, Natural Sciences

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date January 11, 2022
Deadline January 17, 2022
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $37.43 - 44.02 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Research
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Date: Jan 11, 2022
Location: Waterloo, CA
Company: Wilfrid Laurier University
Date: January 10
Department: Office of Research Services
Job Type: Limited Term
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year)
Campus: Waterloo
Reports to: Manager, Research Facilitation
Employee Group: WLUSA
Application Deadline: January 17, 2022
Requisition ID: 2619

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact.  With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as a location in Kitchener. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

Position Summary:

The Research Facilitator (Natural Sciences) is responsible for identifying, promoting and managing high value/impact research opportunities within the natural sciences disciplines, including natural science-related health research. The incumbent is responsible for increasing the number and dollar value of successful funding opportunities year over year and for providing expert advice and guidance to faculty in the completion of research applications. This incumbent will maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of funding opportunities and requirements, and will be able to match opportunities to faculty members’ strengths and areas of expertise. S/he will be expected to be encourage partnership and collaboration opportunities, and to recognize opportunities for leveraging relationships across the university and with external sectors. This includes identifying and qualifying prospects, as well as cultivating, soliciting and stewarding opportunities with corporations and foundation in support of faculty-specific needs and priorities.  The incumbent will have a strong sense of the timelines involved in funding applications, and will initiate faculty contacts and awareness in a timely manner and will have hands-on familiarity with the requirements of the funding agencies.


  • Identify, analyze and assess funding opportunities for revenue and success potential. Promote and advertise best value opportunities to faculty in natural sciences disciplines.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of funding opportunities and requirements, and will be able to match opportunities to faculty members’ strengths and areas of expertise
  • Identify and contact potential international partners, initiate and set up meetings between Laurier faculty and potential partners to develop joint grant applications and research partnerships.
  • Act as key advisor to the university’s natural sciences research community on various funding agency requirements and deadlines, including political and financial considerations.
  • Prepares and delivers workshops on grant opportunities and strategies for success.
  • Assist researchers and/or research teams in the preparation and submission of funding agency applications and processes.
  • Review and interpret feedback regarding unsuccessful grants with researchers to assist in strengthening future funding applications.
  • Monitor project progress and intervene as necessary.
  • Independently handle non-routine and/or larger scale funding opportunities.
  • Monitor and report on faculty research developments with a view to leveraging key areas of activity into research proposals and revenue growth.
  • As necessary, assume responsibility for planning, developing, editing, and disseminating project reports, presentations as well as other project information and communications.
  • Responsible for internal grant applications for faculty in the natural sciences, including providing information about suitable opportunities, reviewing for eligibility after submission, and following up with potential external grant opportunities.
  • Maintains departmental database(s) pertaining to grant and contract applications from client faculty.


  • PhD in a natural sciences discipline.
  • Three years’ experience in building collaborative research teams and multi-disciplinary and/or multi-institutional research proposals for provincial, national and international agencies.
  • Related experience in the development of research proposals, publications, grant applications and/or contracts.
  • Experience in budget development.
  • Related knowledge in conducting and designing research programs and in research methodologies
  • Exceptional knowledge of successful grant application procedures and granting agency requirements.
  • Experience in fostering effective communication within and among groups
  • Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Detail oriented, resourceful, innovative, flexible, accessible
  • Proven capacity to excel in an independent, highly confidential, ever-changing work environment
  • Exceptional listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • Very strong editorial and documentation skills especially in relation to technical documents
  • Experience in using word processing, spreadsheet, database and Internet applications and tools.


Position Grade: SH-09

Rate of Pay: $37.43 – 44.02

Hours of Work:

This is a full-time, limited term position until November, 2022 The normal hours of work are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Monday to Friday.


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