University of Florida


Research Administrator III

Became an RA: The 2010's

My husband was in the Navy and wanted to move back to Gainesville, FL, where he grew up. I had graduated from College with my bachelors a few years ago and had been in social work since but wanted to branch out and do more. I applied to so many jobs and ended up in home insurance for a few years but it wasn’t making me happy.

The University of Florida is in Gainesville and is one of the bigger employers and they also had great benefits. I applied for 6 months to any job that had administrator in the title but started getting invitations for interviews for the ‘Research administrator’ roles. I had no idea what the job was but knew they were seeing something in my resume that made me a good fit so I started applying to as many of those jobs as a I could.

After 2 interviews and 6 months of applying I was offered a research administrator I position in the College of Engineering and SO quickly fell in love with research administration. I still feel lucky that I found a job that I love, 5 years later!

Matthew A.

Research Services Manager

Became an RA: The 2010's

After working in Quality Assurance for 5 years, I was given the opportunity to transition my QA compliance background into Research Administration in 2017. I have worked at the department level as an RA in medicine, liberal arts, & biomedical engineering. Starting next month, I will transition to an RA manager role for our institutions cancer center.


Director of Research Administration, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida

Became an RA: The 2000's

I began my career in research administration when I took on a new role at my institution. My previous position had a grants assistant who handled all the sponsored programs; however, this new role had many more faculty with larger sponsored research portfolios and I was responsible for managing them all. I learned on the job quickly, and joining NCURA the following year and attending the national conference certainly helped flatten my learning curve.

Joanna L.

Assistant Director of Research Administration

Became an RA: 2020 - Recent

I worked with the same PI for 18 years at three institutions, first as a postdoc, then research staff, then a grants manager. Along the way, I learned a lot about grant writing and NIH grant submissions. We had terrible luck getting new grants and were running out of money. Fortunately, my wife’s boss saw a job posting for a research administrator position that was perfect for my skillset, and I was able to apply on the last day the job was open. I was hired and started the new job a month later.

Katherine M.

Research Administration Assistant

Became an RA: 2020 - Recent

I started my career at UF as an assistant to department chair, and I was exposed to the grant world through her funding, as well as that of the faculty. I wanted to move on to Research Administration and after my chair stepped down, I knew it was time to seriously pursue this career path. I was able to join the research administration group at another college within UF. I’ve had the most kind, welcoming set of mentors and supervisor that anyone could ask for. I look forward to many more years of supporting our faculty in their research goals.