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The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for an independent, and well-organized contributor, who is also a proficient writer, to serve as Research Coordinator in its Digital Financial Services Research Group. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DFS strives to dramatically improve the efficiency, scalability, security and cost of mobile banking solutions for people in some of the poorest countries in the world.
As Research Coordinator, you will be a vital team member in a multidisciplinary effort led by Professor Richard Anderson, which includes Professors Yoshi Kohno, Franziska Roesner, and Kurtis Heimerl in Computer Science & Engineering, and other campus and external experts. You will support group members in their work to address specific challenges that impede the introduction and wide-scale deployment of financial products, which include fraud and cyber-attacks, network failures, the proximity payments user experience, managing identity and on-boarding, the lack of analytics for product development and risk scoring, agent management, and financial education for end users.
Specifically, you will be responsible for: technical writing, group coordination/management, managing external partnerships, supporting evaluation studies, and creating a communication strategy. This position will not be responsible for financial tracking or budgets.
Create and oversee the DFS communications strategy. Develop and implement goals, priorities, and approaches that will showcase the group's work and promote its project results.
Author first draft content, manage revisions and produce final documents consistent with the project's strategic vision. Work with team members to research information. Examples of documents include the following:
o Project state research briefs and research reports to be shared with funding agencies
o Progress, administrative and final reports for funding agencies
o Grant proposals
o Presentations and manuscripts for peer-review publication
Manage writing projects that involve multiple authors or content experts.
Play a significant role in preparing and copy editing grant applications and submissions, including literature reviews, background and methodological content, budget justifications, grant figures and tables, and grant submission forms.
Maintain the group's website, update content, write new content, and solicit submissions from others.
Research Group Coordination/Management
Provide overall coordination of the research team. Ensure effective and efficient team functioning (e.g. develop a system for tracking project milestones, planned deliverable dates, etc.).
Manage team communication, sharing regular study updates.
Coordinate ongoing and as-needed research team meetings to review progress. Create and maintain meeting documentation.
Seek innovative ways to develop and implement process changes within the team.
Prepare human subjects applications for product testing; ensure that the DFS research and products are consistent with ethical standards and other regulations.
Develop forms, questionnaires, and procedures for collecting and summarizing data observations.
External & Third-Party Relations
Act as a liaison between the DFS group, program partners, research study sites, funding agencies, and other relevant administrative departments and agencies.
Maintain communications with external partners.
Track research of external researchers and organizations that is relevant to the group's activities and ensure timely feedback to DFS members.
| Bachelor's degree in international development, economics, public policy, or related area AND at least two years of applicable experience. |
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; capable of producing high-quality written documents under tight deadlines.
Demonstrated experience of diverse writing/editing/analysis experience in communications, marketing, grant writing, and copywriting in a technical field.
Strong project management skills; demonstrated success managing multiple concurrent multi-person projects.
Computer proficiency, with intermediate or higher skills in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, HTML and Google docs.
Must be self-motivated with a positive attitude and demonstrate both intellectual curiosity and a strong commitment to the mission of CSE and the University.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
| Master's degree in international development, economics, public policy, or related area. |
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
The position may involve international travel, possibly one or two international trips per year.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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