Assistant Director of Research Operations (CAHMP)

George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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Assistant Director of Research Operations (CAHMP)

George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnership (CAHMP) invites applications for an Assistant Director of Research Operations. George Mason University has as strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Assistant Director of Research Operations will play a major role in developing the overall research strategy of CAHMP, with emphasis on development of transdisciplinary research and scholarship capacity and substantially growing the base of research support. The successful candidate will have opportunities to be directly involved in research activities at the Center.

Purpose of the Organization:
The Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnership (CAHMP) is being chartered by the Office of the Provost as part of a university-level initiative for establishing Transdisciplinary Centers of Advanced Study. Assistive computing technologies, such as artificial intelligence and advanced computing interfaces, already play an outsized role in society, shaping our interactions with all manner of engineered systems, and with each other. These partnerships between humans and machines have cast a focus on a human-centric view of computing that is poised to be a critical component of the national research agenda for the foreseeable future. 

The motivating vision of CAHMP is that humans and machines must be able to communicate seamlessly while dynamically learning from each other in a personalized context, and they must do so within a collaborative framework that engenders trust and ethical conduct. Achieving this vision of human-machine teaming and partnership requires fundamentally interdisciplinary research that spans the domains of computing, engineering, the social and behavioral sciences, the arts, ethics, and public policy. The Center brings together a unique group of George Mason University faculty from these disciplines, spanning six university colleges, in order to meet this need for deeper understanding into productive and fulfilling human-machine collaborations. It is the mission of CAHMP to facilitate relevant transdisciplinary research, with impact broadened through educational initiatives and support for translational entrepreneurship.

Project management responsibilities:
Establish and implement a project management pipeline to ensure submission of high-quality research proposals on time, both for small proposals, as well as large interdisciplinary proposals, organize planning and preparatory meetings, assist with development of proposal drafts, coordinate an internal review and feedback process, draft and maintain supplementary documents, and work with the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Research Development to develop competitive proposal submissions.

Grant writing responsibilities:
Understand the expertise and existing research portfolio of CAHMP participants and assist with writing of interdisciplinary research proposals in collaboration with center faculty and research partners.

Research administration responsibilities:
Develop and maintain the Center’s budget, coordinate financial and research progress reporting, coordinate with the Office of Sponsored Programs and post-award support personnel across academic units, work with CAHMP faculty to coordinate and support interdisciplinary research and educational initiatives.

Outreach responsibilities:
Facilitate efforts to increase the visibility of CAHMP nationally and internationally by planning and implementing outreach strategies, developing and maintaining internal and external stakeholder relations, and generating content for the website and other publicity materials.

Team building responsibilities:
Facilitate and host workshops, seminar series, research retreats, team-building events and open houses aimed at fostering a vibrant environment of research and scholarship.

Research responsibilities:
Consistent with the primary responsibilities outlined above and as desired by the candidate, participate directly in research activities consistent with the center’s mission. 

Required Qualifications:
The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic and energetic individual who is comfortable working in highly interdisciplinary research settings with diverse teams, has high-level relationship building skills and excellent communication skills, and has experience developing and implementing research development or support programs. 


  • A Master’s or Doctoral degree in a relevant field such as computer science, engineering, cognitive psychology, human-computer interaction, or technology policy;
  • Exceptional oral, written, interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • 3-5 years of experience working in interdisciplinary teams and supporting team science; and
  • Experience in project management. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders including industrial partners and community partners, with international dimensions, and sometimes in civil-military environments;
  • Experience with research proposal development;
  • Experience working in an academic research or policy environment; and
  • Experience with fundraising.

Special Instructions to Applicants: 
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA70GZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.



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Assistant Director of Research Operations (CAHMP)

George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

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