Utah State University

Research Project Coordinator

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 week ago(5/20/2023 6:45 PM)
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Program Management & Support
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
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College of Engineering
ASPIRE Engineering Research Center
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The ASPIRE NSF Engineering Research Center headquartered at Utah State University has an opening for a Research Project Coordinator. The position will provide program management support to a wide range of academic research and development projects. Program scope includes projects in the workforce development and electric vehicle infrastructure industry. The Research Project Coordinator will coordinate project efforts with the Center's faculty and student teams. This position will be responsible for laying out timelines, tracking milestones and goals, managing project execution, facilitating team meetings, and organizing reports both internally and externally to project sponsors. The position will also support management of internal and external proposals developed by the project teams.


This position will be hired at either Project Coordinator I, II, or Senior depending upon qualifications and duties assigned.  Please see the Qualifications section. Partial telework may be considered with an understanding that working in the office is still required


  • The Research Project Coordinator will be responsible to coordinate a diverse set of research projects through all stages of project life cycle, from proposal development to day-to-day project execution, deliverables, goal tracking, reports and closeout
  • Leverage strong organization and communication skills to interface with faculty and project teams to track and coordinate project work
  • Work in a decentralized organizational structure with faculty and students from the Center's participating campus locations
  • Support the development of project proposal documents and support the submission process according to stakeholder requirements
  • Develop reports with project teams and present research findings to organizations, government, and industry leaders
  • Gain understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the electric vehicle infrastructure industry and implement risk management strategies to achieve targets and goals


Minimum Qualifications:

  • The position will be hired at either Project Coordinator I, II, or Senior based upon the education/experience and duties assigned:
    • For Project Coordinator I:
      • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of education plus experience
    • For Project Coordinator II:
      • Bachelor's degree in a related field plus two years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education plus experience
    • For Project Coordinator Senior:
      • Bachelor's degree in a related field plus a minimum of four years of relevant work experience; or a Master’s degree in a related field plus two years of relevant work experience; or an equivalent combination of education plus experience
  • Experience managing projects (especially in Academia)
  • Experience managing, indirectly, many teams and resources to achieve project goals
  • Can create advanced schedules/Gantt charts to track multiple projects and resources

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic environment with students and faculty

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong oral presentation and written English communications skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple job tasks under deadlines
  • Knowledge of project management tracking software
  • Ability to work well under pressure to meet project deadlines, and experience managing multiple projects
  • Risk identification and management skills
  • Ability to exercise a high level of creativity, decision making, problem solving, and discretion as work is varied and may be undefined

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 
  3. Please answer the following question: Have you had experience working in or with Academia/Professors?

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

ASPIRE is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) that is headquartered at Utah State University. Our research leads the nation in supporting adoption and advancing the electrified transportation industry! We are the first of its kind in the world to take a holistic approach to eliminate range and charging as barriers to electrifying all vehicle classes, from passenger cars to heavy duty trucks. The ASPIRE team will serve as a trusted guide for society and as a champion for inclusive pathways from varied aspects of life into a diverse engineering workforce specially trained to support the ensuing cross-industry transformations. ASPIRE has grown to over 350 participants, recruited 31 industry and 21 innovation members, received commitments for more than $50M in pilot demonstration projects, formed and actively engaged its boards and councils, and significantly advanced engineering workforce development and diversity and culture of inclusion initiatives, including multiple workshops, training sessions, recruitment programs, and development of joint courses addressing convergent research across the center and diversity, equity and inclusion in transportation.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


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*updated 05/2022

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

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Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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