Full Time | Reports To: Executive Director | Posted on May 24, 2022
Established in 2020, Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI) aims to help secure British Columbia’s position as a global leader in the development of application of quantum computing for real-world problems. By bringing industry, academia and government together, QAI will leverage British Columbia’s strengths to establish an applied quantum computing ecosystem that features broad participation, an inclusive approach to core technology and is focused on building a critical mass of talent that drives skilled job creation and economic development across the province and Canada. QAI is located on Simon Fraser University’s Surreycampus, in a newly renovated facility where we will promote an inclusive and collaborative environment for students, industry researchers, and faculty. It is alsoa venue to host workshops, industry events, and incubate commercial projects.
The Large Grants and Awards Officer will work closely with the ED to bring together multi-disciplinary teams of people to pursue complex and long running programs of research, in addition to continued success in individual research projects.The Large Grants and Awards Officer is a critical revenue-generating role for QAIand it is expected that the grant writing and industrial research activities of the role will result in significant financial returns for QAI. This position has significant influence and impact on the ability of QAI to meet its financial goals and commitments, which are to: secure sufficient funding to maintain the research program and technical staff beyond the initial 5 years’ Provincial Government investment; maintain the same or higher level of resources per faculty member; and secure sufficient finances to seize research opportunities when they arise. The incumbent will increase the stream of revenue coming into QAI by leading groups of primary investigators to craft multidisciplinary projects related to fund raising for research activity: researching available large grants (government, foundation and industry), awards and donations; selecting those that are strategically most suited to QAI’s expertise; bringing together the right team -of researchers, external partners and associates, and technicians -to compete for them; developing the competitive strategy to win the awards; gathering the necessary information to support the submission; managing teams, editing, writing, then submitting, the proposals. The Large Grants and Awards Officer also preparesproposals, papers and presentations to industry and companies that would have an interest in the potential of QAI’sresearch and devices in close collaboration with the Executive Directorand Business Development Manager. The Large Grants and Awards Officer is an integral part of the external-facing part of the QAI administration.
Research Grant Strategy:
Works closely with the Business Development Manager to prepare submissions, papers and presentations to companies that could be potential partners with QAI and/or be interested in licensing or otherwise participating in the commercialization of applications.
Award Strategy and Coordination:
Raises the international profile and reputation of QAI and its individual researchers by:
This position reports to the Executive Director of the QAI and works closely with the Leadership team.The incumbent performs all duties independently with work subject to periodic review by theExecutive Director to determine that the quality and quantity of work performed meets establishedprogram objectives. The position is accountable for leading the identification, pursuit, and winning, ofsignificantly large grants that will further the strategic vision of QAI.
This position does not have direct reports but works closely with and advises the Scientific AdvisoryBoard, Business Development Manager, Administration and Operations Manager, and all QAI PrincipalInvestigators with regard to setting grant seeking and writing strategy, with all QAI PrincipalInvestigators to identify funding needs, form the research project teams, and gather scientificinformation, with the VPRI office to gather and corroborate data for grant submission and with otherinternal and external resources such as QAI s international academic partners.The Large Grants and Awards Officer also reviews the work of the faculty researchers andadministration support team to ensure that information and documents submitted for an award orgrant competition are accurate, aligned with strategy and well written.
The incumbent must exercise sound judgement and strong analytical thinking in the sourcing andselection of potential grants and the relevance of market and industry trends and intelligence. Workrequires the ability to quickly absorb large amounts of complex scientific and industry information andsubsequently create an understanding of how to translate this information to economic benefits forQAI and its partner academic institutions. Errors would result in missed revenue opportunities,inefficient use of time and re-sources pursuing unfruitful avenues of funding or commercialpartnership opportunities, and reduced ability to pursuit future opportunities. As such, errors wouldhave a significant negative impact on the reputation and financial sustainability of QAI.The Large Grants and Awards Officer must exercise a high degree of tact and diplomacy in interactionswith international partners, federal and provincial grant agencies, University administration, andgovernment bodies to garner the required participation and support and to protect and build thereputation of QAI as a professional and collegial institution.
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