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Academic Coordinator I (Program Manager) - Center for Integrative Movement Sciences

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $59,727-$113,704. See Academic Coordinator - Fiscal Year for the salary range for this position.

Application Window

Open date: May 1, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jul 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Center for Integrative Movement Sciences (CIMS) at UCI seeks an Academic Coordinator I (Project Manager) to facilitate research and training operations, communications and community engagement activities for multiple projects involving our interdisciplinary network of scientists at UCI and collaborating institutions. Research at CIMS focuses on muscular control of movement across scales, from molecular to organismal and ecological levels of organization. Understanding how muscle controls movement is essential for maintaining human health throughout life, understanding limits to athletic performance, and understanding diversity and evolution of animal musculoskeletal systems. Current understanding of dynamic muscle function is limited by isolation among fields, resulting in knowledge gaps between “bottom-up” reductionist approaches that characterize molecules and tissues and “top down” approaches that focus on whole body movement and behavior. CIMS aims to bridge these gaps by connecting “bottom-up” and “top-down” approaches to integrate the contributions of mechanical, neural, and sensory systems to movement control. Research and training activities will drive innovation in biophysics, physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, and engineering. Understanding the muscular control of agile movement has wide-reaching applications in bio-technology and the bio-economy through design of movement therapies, rehabilitation programs and mobility assistance devices.

The Project Manager will work under the supervision of the CIMS Director, Professor Monica Daley, to support the operations, strategic planning, network coordination, communications and logistics of the research and training activities of CIMS. The work will include management of budgets and annual reporting on externally funded grants and coordinating with collaborating faculty to meet reporting requirements and deadlines. Activities will include coordination and running a Summer Institute program that will provide trainees with an immersive research experience while also benefiting from training in team science, science communication and skills in quantitative data analysis and modeling. All CIMS initiatives share a strong focus on team-based science, interdisciplinary research and communication and integration of theoretical and computational modelling approaches with experimental research.

The Project Manager will be responsible for program management, coordination of shared IRB and IACUC protocols across collaborating labs, overseeing day-to-day operations and communications. The role will include opportunities to be actively involved in research, education, and outreach activities as part of the team.

Skills and qualifications: The successful candidate must have experience in project management and excellent organizational skills with attention to detail. The candidate must be comfortable taking on a leadership role in managing the day-to-day operations of CIMS activities. The candidate will need to monitor progress towards milestones, set deadlines, ensure compliance with reporting deadlines, track spending and manage the budget. It is essential to be able to work effectively in a collaborative team environment, under the direction of Professor Daley and project co-supervisors.

The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in science communication, with experience in science education, community engagement and/or outreach. Preferred qualifications are a Bachelors or advanced degree in physiology, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, engineering, education or another relevant field, or relevant work experience. This role does not require technical analysis or programming skills, but scientific curiosity and enthusiastic interest in physiology and biomechanics are a huge plus. Specific educational background is less important than project management and organizational skills and enthusiasm for effective science communication.

The salary will be based on UCI’s salary scales and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The role is listed as full time, but we will consider part-time and flextime working options for qualified candidates. The position is expected to require regular in-person work, and some events and activities will require in person work at the UCI campus. However, we will consider hybrid working arrangements for qualified candidates who demonstrate the ability to work productively when partly remote.

Candidates should upload a cover letter describing your qualifications, research interests and career goal, current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to the following on-line recruitment URL:

Diversity and Inclusion: Excellent science requires creative thinking from many perspectives, and we are committed to making science open to everyone. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds and expect all lab members to share our commitment to an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome, heard and respected.

Please contact Professor Monica Daley at with any questions.


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Accepting All Applications.

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About UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC anti-discrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA